Naturally Leavened Muffins

A few weeks ago I made a double batch of muffins.  I realized as soon as they were in the oven that I’d forgot to add any baking powder or baking soda. Oops.

I expected to end up with stones instead of muffins. I was super surprised to pull beautiful muffins with a terrific rise out of the oven.

Kefir Leavened Muffins

How did this happen? I thought it was due to soaking the batter in kefir. I tested this theory (purposely leaving out the leavening this time) and sure enough. Using kefir as a soaking agent results in a natural leavening.  I had wondered about this in the past but never moved forward with the testing, not wanting to ‘ruin’ a batch of muffins. This information could come in very handy if I ever find myself out of baking powder or baking soda!

I love discovering things like this! 

For my basic muffin recipe which is adaptable to ingredients you have on  hand, visit my Design a Muffin post, Design a Sourdough Muffin, or download my Design a Dish eBook (which has several basic formulas).

Have you made wonderful discoveries like this totally by accident? I’d love to hear about it.

This post is shared at Traditional Tuesdays and Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways.

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Hi and Welcome! I'm so happy that you have found your way here. I hope that you will find useful information in your real food journey. Our real food journey has changed over the years to include a small two acre farm with a larger 20 acre farm in our future. I'm excited to share our busy, and sometimes crazy, adventures as we learn new things. We're also working hard to be completely debt free so you'll find information on finances and general frugality along with various family adventures plus the occasional 'odd' category depending on what's going on in our world. Thanks for joining along! ~ Millie

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