Pumpkin Maple Sourdough Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 8
Quick and easy pumpkin cake with maple flavoring and no refined sugar.
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree (canned or homemade)
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup "fed" 100% hydration sourdough starter
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour (I used white whole wheat)
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • heaping ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup maple flav-R-bites (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F and move rack to center position. Butter or spray an 8 inch round pan.
  2. Start with ingredients at room temperature. Melt the butter and set it aside. If using canned pumpkin, see note about cooking the puree first for better flavor.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the puree, maple syrup, egg ad vanilla. Fold the sourdough starter into the pumpkin mixture until well combined. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice. Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and stir just until incorporated. Stir in the melted butter. Fold in the maple bits if using.
  4. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes or until the cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and serve. Dust with powdered sugar if desired.
On the advice of America's Test Kitchen, to improve the flavor of the canned pumpkin you can cook it in a saucepan to remove some of the moisture. Adding any spices from the recipe to the pumpkin while cooking will also make them more flavorful. Since you're condensing the pumpkin, be sure to cook a little more than the recipe calls for so that you have enough. Let it cool before using. You may also want to reduce the maple syrup slightly as condensing the pumpkin makes it taste sweeter. If you added the spices to the pumpkin puree while cooking, remember to leave them out when following the recipe to mix the cake.
Recipe by BakeNQuilt at http://www.bakenquilt.com/2013/03/sourdough-surprises-pumpkin-maple-sourdough-cake/