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Sourdough discard is what you have left on the side once you are done feeding your sourdough starter, and is something that should not be thrown away!
Don’t let your sourdough discard go to waste, and have a look at these 61 sourdough recipes that will help you make the most of your sourdough starter and discard at home.
These sourdough lemon and blueberry scones are so wonderful for afternoon tea! They are soft, tender, and flavorful, with plump blueberries dotted around for extra juiciness.
With a fresh citrus flavor from lemon zest and a lemon glaze topping, these scones are the perfect way to use up some sourdough discard and make this fresh take on a classic scone!
Who doesn’t love a good serving of garlic bread? If you love the garlicky flavor that garlic bread has, then you will absolutely love these sourdough garlic bread bites!
These garlic bread bites can be made with only a few ingredients, including sourdough discard, flour, garlic, butter, parmesan cheese, and mozzarella.
Not only do they have a cheesy garlic topping, but cheesy garlic filling too, all enjoyed in one bite.
These sourdough brownies, made from sourdough discard, are rich, fudgy, and as decadent as you could want!
They have the classic gooey center, with a shiny crackly top, which is just to everyone’s liking.
All you need to get baking is some sourdough discard and some common pantry items, such as brown sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extra, chocolate chips, salt, flour, and some butter and eggs.
With a few simple steps and a few simple ingredients, your sourdough discard can be saved to make these decadent brownies that the whole family will love (and devour in no time!)
Focaccia bread is a great appetizer to serve at a dinner party or makes as a great side to a saucy pasta. It also happens to be wonderfully easy to make when using sourdough discard.
When using sourdough discard to make focaccia, it will have a tangy flavor, which only brings out the herbs and sea salt more.
Whether you choose to eat the focaccia as it is, or drizzled with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar, this recipe, featuring sourdough discard, yeast, flour, salt, olive oil, and the much-needed rosemary and sea salt, is sure to become a go-to.
These sourdough biscuits offer up a great way to use sourdough discard. They are great for the whole family and can be enjoyed with any meal during the day.
They taste just as good packed away and reheated as they do fresh, and they keep for a few days if stored properly.
With the tangy sourdough taste, these offer a more flavorful twist to plain biscuits and are delicious served warm with some melted butter (and some gravy if you have!)
Sourdough crackers and parmesan cheese are a match made in heaven and are the perfect snack for you to make at home using sourdough discard.
The crackers turn out crispy, buttery, and packed with flavor from the grated parmesan cheese and herbs. They are delicious enough to eat on their own but also work so well with a creamy dip.
All you need is sourdough discard, flour, parmesan cheese, melted butter, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and some salt and pepper – and you can make these delicious crackers in next to no time!
Making this sourdough sandwich bread is a great option for using up leftover sourdough discard, and it ensures you and your family have some delicious bread to use over a few days!
The sandwich bread is quick to make and turns out super soft, light, and with an airy crumb. It is also a great recipe to use when you need a good loaf of bread in a hurry.
What’s even better is that the sandwich bread is freezable – so you can use up the sourdough discard without it going to waste, and save the bread for when you need it.
Tortillas are a staple in many homes and using this recipe you can whip up some quick, easy, and tasty tortillas using sourdough discard.
They are ideal to use to make a breakfast burrito, or for an easy lunch or dinner too. Unlike tortillas from the store, these are fresh and packed with flavor, and can be made, from start to finish, in under an hour!
Use your leftover sourdough discard to throw together a quick batch of chocolate chip muffins that are anything but ordinary.
The recipe is easily adjusted to suit your favorite type of muffin, whether it is chocolate chip, vanilla, or even lemon zest. It gives a good sourdough muffin basic recipe, and you can play around with flavors from there!
10. Sourdough Bagels
Bagels offer up so much opportunity for breakfast or lunch – do you have a classic cream cheese bagel? Do you make it fancy with some salmon, or do you have a tasty scrambled egg bagel on the go in the morning?
This recipe for sourdough bagels uses up sourdough discard in the best way and gives you some delicious bagels to enjoy as an easy meal during the day.
There isn’t much that goes into making them either – some sourdough discard, water, flour, honey, salt, and baking soda and sugar!
Cinnamon rolls are always delicious, and making them at home isn’t difficult.
Using this easy sourdough cinnamon roll recipe, you can make up a fresh batch of cinnamon rolls using sourdough discard, which will not only taste amazing but which smell amazing as they bake too!
The recipe is modeled off a basic sourdough biscuit recipe, but with more sugar and some extra cinnamon and glaze, but it is easy to follow and the cinnamon rolls will be ready in a short time.
Make these sourdough discard pancakes to kick your day off right. They are light, fluffy, and delicious, and have that distinct tangy sourdough taste that just makes them that much better!
They are super easy to make, combine the ingredients in one bowl, and then cook them in a pan, that’s it!
The sourdough discard helps to make these pancakes light and fluffy, and they won’t make you feel heavy after breakfast like other pancake recipes might.
Naan bread is a must when cooking curry at home, and this naan bread recipe gives you the perfect excuse to use up leftover sourdough discard.
No yeast is required to make this naan, and the preparation is quick and simple.
The sourdough discard and the Greek yogurt (or sour cream) give the naan a delicious tanginess, and when it is brushed with melted butter and garlic, these naan breads are just out of this world!
While most of us won’t attempt to make pretzels at home, this sourdough pretzel recipe using sourdough discard should encourage you to try.
It is easy to make, and the prep is quick too. The hardest part is rolling out and shaping the pretzels before baking, but once you get the hang of it, it is quite fun!
Yes, you read that right, you can use your sourdough discard to make pop tarts at home!
You simply make a sourdough pie crust, and then stuff this with your favorite fillings, such as Nutella, strawberry jam, or whatever your favorite pop tart flavor is!
Once assembled, you can top the sourdough pop tart with a sweet glaze, and serve them to the family knowing exactly what the sweet treats contain!
The simplest option is oftentimes the best, and a great idea is to use the sourdough discard to make a loaf of simple sourdough bread!
This sourdough bread recipe is simple and easy and will give you a fresh loaf of bread in a short amount of time, rather than the days it can take to make a sourdough loaf!
There really is little that beats freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. Using sourdough discard, you can bake your very own chocolate chip cookies using this great recipe.
The sourdough chocolate chip cookies turn out chewy and delicious and will see to all of your sweet cravings.
All the ingredients are mixed together in one bowl, and baked to create the delicious little cookies that probably won’t last too long before being finished!
These gourmet sourdough crackers are packed with pumpkin, cranberries, and pecans, making them ideal for the holiday season, and any other day of the year.
The crackers need to be double-baked to dry out and enhance the flavors, and while this seems like a process, it is all really simple, and worth it in the end.
The flavors of the cranberries, pumpkin, and pecans, along with the sourdough, make for a great seasonal snack, and a great homemade Christmas present too!
Easy to make, these soft sourdough discard rolls are perfect to serve alongside dinner, or to enjoy with some butter and jam during the day.
The rolls are super soft and tender and have that signature tang from the sourdough discard. Served straight out of the oven, they are delicious, and they might not even last until dinnertime.
Sourdough discard doesn’t have to be used for bread – you can make delicious meals such as these fried chicken strips too!
It is quite surprising really that sourdough discard fried chicken strips aren’t more popular.
The tang that the sourdough discard gives to the batter of the chicken is just incredible, and the batter has a beautiful golden crisp that clings to the chicken.
Mix together cookies, brownies, and sourdough, and you have these decadent sourdough discard brownie cookies that are just out of this world.
The cookies turn out gooey and rich and are probably the most chocolatey way to use up any sourdough discard you have.
The outside of the cookies will be crisp and firm, but biting into a cookie gives you the gooiness that you would want from a chocolate brownie cookie!
Oatmeal cookies are the perfect treat as they are delicious and still healthy! These oatmeal cookies offer up a great way to use sourdough discard and are super easy to make at home.
You can also add in different ingredients depending on what you and your family prefer, but the favorites are dried cranberries, walnuts, and chocolate chips.
Ciabatta is light and soft and made even better with the addition of sourdough discard!
This recipe is easy to follow and helps you make some sourdough ciabatta at home without even needing a mixer.
All you need is some sourdough discard, strong bread flour, olive oil, salt, and water. It is a fairly lengthy process, but it is worth it in the end, and it is all quite easy to follow!
English muffins are great for a quick and easy breakfast, and are great to meal prep breakfasts for the week ahead too.
Using some sourdough discard, you can quickly whip up these tasty English muffins which have a great flavor, and a wonderful texture too. Serve them up with some sausage and egg for a delicious breakfast the whole family will enjoy.
You can make soft and airy donuts with a gorgeous glaze using sourdough discard. These donuts are packed full of flavor and rounded off perfectly with a sweet glaze.
The recipe does take some time to make, but the donuts are definitely worth the work and effort.
You can also either use the recipe to make traditional donuts or the very popular donut holes – or you could make both if you can’t decide which you prefer!
Pumpkin bread is wholesome and delicious and something that needs to be made more often. This recipe gives you a great reason to bake your pumpkin bread at home, and use up some sourdough discard as well.
The bread turns out soft and airy and has the wonderful flavors of sourdough and pumpkin, as well as the warm notes of cinnamon sugar. It is delicious served warm or cold and is great served on its own with some fresh butter.
This sweet and delicious lemon cake is a delightful way to use sourdough discard, and can be enjoyed for breakfast, as a snack or as a dessert.
The cake is sweet and tender, with the tang of sourdough and the citrus notes of lemon, it is balanced out beautifully, while still being a light and refreshing baked treat.
It is easy to make, and you definitely can use it as a constant reason to not get rid of sourdough discard!
Hit all of your cravings with this soft sourdough cinnamon bread, dotted with soft raisins and with warm notes of spices. The bread is sliceable and great to serve up as a quick and delicious breakfast.
The bread has beautiful swirls that make it that much more appealing, and a nice brown crust that holds in the tender bread inside.
Serve with some butter and jam for an easy breakfast on the go. You could also swap the raisins out for cranberries if you wanted!
You can’t go wrong with waffles, whether you serve them with ice cream and syrup or bacon and syrup – they go with just about anything and at any mealtime!
You can now give your waffles an extra tang by using your sourdough discard in the recipe and make them flavorful, crisp and chewy, and perfect to enjoy at any time during the day.
The recipe contains simple ingredients, which you should have in your pantry already, so there is no reason not to make them!
Sourdough bread is great and all, but chocolate sourdough bread is something amazing on its own!
What’s great is that this chocolate sourdough bread made from sourdough discard is made with a few simple ingredients and will be ready in just a few hours.
You can either make the simple chocolate sourdough recipe and enjoy with butter or use it to make French toast or bread and butter pudding.
31. Pretzel Bites
These crispy and chewy pretzel bites are made with sourdough discard and are the perfect snack for hosting people, or for packing for a picnic.
Once you have made the basic pretzel bites, full of tangy flavor, you can top them with your favorite toppings.
Make them sweet with some cinnamon sugar, or savory with parmesan cheese, and enjoy the soft and buttery flavor!
Super simple and easy to make, these cheddar biscuits have a wonderful flaky texture and a delightful savory taste that can be enjoyed on their own or with a meal during the day.
Along with the sourdough discard, the recipe calls for baking powder, baking soda, salt, butter, honey, cheddar cheese, and fresh rosemary.
The cheese and herb flavors pair wonderfully with the sourdough tang, all while being easy to make!
You can make your snickerdoodle cookies at home using sourdough discard, so that none has to go to waste, and you get to enjoy the classic snickerdoodle flavors!
The cookies have a slight tang from the sourdough discard, but this just brings out the other flavors better. The family will finish these up in no time, which is a great reason to use the next bit of sourdough discard to make more!
Orange and cardamom are a beautiful pairing, and together with some sourdough discard, can make delicious muffins. The muffins are full of flavor and are the perfect level of sweetness while still showing off the citrus and spice flavors.
Make the muffins using your sourdough discard to be an easy breakfast on the go, or as a tea time treat for when you have guests over!
If you just can’t decide what to make with your sourdough discard, you should make some sourdough puff pastry!
The pastry is made using flour, sourdough discard, water, salt, and butter, and turns out light and flaky, but still with a beautiful brown crisp when cooked. Use the pastry to make a dessert or a pie, and enjoy the extra tang of flavor!
This sourdough biscotti recipe calls for eggs, sugar, salt, sourdough starter, orange zest, hazelnuts, whole wheat flour, and cornmeal. The biscotti need to be baked twice and turn out dry and crumbly, but still with an amazing flavor.
Biscotti is always a hit, and making your own using sourdough discard is a great way to discover new skills in the kitchen!
37. Sourdough Pasta
Fresh pasta is easy enough to make at home, and it is so much better than dried pasta, but you should take pasta making to the next level by using your sourdough discard!
The sourdough discard gives the pasta a rich, tangy flavor that just uplifts every pasta dish. The pasta still has the right texture and density, but with a little extra flavor.
Banana bread is a classic baked good and is often everyone’s go-to when the baking bug bites. However, if you want to try something new, this sourdough discards banana bread is a must.
The banana bread has the added flavor of the sourdough discard, but still with the sweetness from the sugar, and the fruitiness of the banana. This is the perfect recipe when you have both sourdough discard and bananas that need to be used!
This recipe will take your sourdough discard to the next level! The bread is chewy and airy and is finished with an amazingly delicious crackly crust.
Packed with figs, raisins, sunflower seeds, pepitas, and walnuts, it is fruity and nutty and full of flavor and tang, what more could you ask for?
Breadsticks are the perfect snack. They can be eaten as is or with a tasty dip, they are quite versatile. Now you can ramp up your breadsticks by using this cheesy breadstick recipe which includes sourdough discard!
The breadsticks will have an added sour tang, but which is rounded off with the cheese. The recipe is simple and easy and you will find yourself making these breadsticks often!
This sourdough coffee cake has the perfect balance of flavors. It has a gorgeous ribbon of cinnamon sugar between the layers of moist cinnamon cake and has a topping of pecan crumble.
It is decadent, sweet, nutty and with that sourdough discard tang that is unlike any dessert you would have had!
Make some delicious blueberry muffins at home using your sourdough discard, and enjoy the sweetness that the fresh fruit brings and the spicy cinnamon topping!
The blueberry muffins will have a depth of flavor thanks to the sourdough inclusion, which is balanced out beautifully by the sweet blueberries!
Cornbread is something that most of us know to make, but this recipe includes sourdough discard and just packs such great flavor.
It is the traditional cornbread you love, but with a little more. The recipe calls for sourdough, milk, cornmeal, unbleached flour, maple syrup, eggs, butter, baking powder, and soda, mixed and baked!
These soft and chewy sourdough peanut butter cookies are just so delicious and combine the tang of the sourdough and the sweet nuttiness of peanut butter so well.
The flavors are rich and full, and the cookies are freezable, so you can keep some for a special occasion!
Use your sourdough discard to make this sourdough pie crust which has no waiting time! The discard helps to add flavor and nutrition to the pie crust, making the whole pie taste better overall.
The pie crust just needs to be left to rest for a little bit and you can get to make your pie in next to no time!
Scones are great as a tea-time treat, but throw in some sourdough discard and chocolate chips and you have a real winning treat on your hands!
These scones have crumbly edges that bake to the perfect golden brown, and the delicious chocolate chunks on the inside, with the slight tang of sourdough!
If you are a fan of a good Dutch Baby (German pancake), you will be glad to hear you can use your sourdough discard to add some flavor and nutrition to your favorite breakfast!
This quick and easy sourdough breakfast only needs eggs, sourdough discard, milk, honey, salt, and butter. It’s quick to make and so, so delicious!
These blueberry sourdough sweet rolls are sweet and tangy and have an incredible blueberry and brown sugar filling. Topped with icing, it is the ideal breakfast treat or after-dinner dessert!
The sourdough complements the tart and sweet blueberry, with the brown sugar rounding it all up beautifully.
Donut holes are delicious – they are the perfect bite-sized treat and have all the best donut flavors compressed into a small little ball!
These donut holes are made from sourdough discard and rolled in sweet cinnamon sugar. They will melt in your mouth and have you coming back for more!
Your pizza will be taken to the next level with this sourdough pizza dough recipe! It will make your homemade pizza taste that much better, with extra flavor, tang, and crispiness.
This is the best way to use up your sourdough discard, and it can be frozen for an easy pizza night during the week!
Chocolate mug cakes are perfect to whip up after dinner when you want a decadent dessert but not the hard work that comes with baking!
By adding in the sourdough discard, you give the mug cake a whole new taste and it makes it so much more decadent and flavorful than before. Try this recipe next time you have some sourdough starter leftover.
You won’t get crispier onion rings than these sourdough onion rings! Sourdough discard helps make the batter crispy, tasty, and tangy.
The batter made from the sourdough discard clings to the onion, to create the perfect onion ring that does not fall apart.
Sourdough garlic knots taste just as great as they sound. The recipe only calls for water, sourdough discard, bread flour, olive oil, and salt.
That, as well as some garlic, is all you need to make these delicious bites that will be a hit with guests.
Dumplings take stew and soup to the next level, and these sourdough discard dumplings add so much flavor to a soup or stew, and are something you need to make when you have some sourdough discard that needs using!
This sourdough pineapple upside-down cake is made from sugar, butter, rum, along with other ingredients, and is fruity, rich, and quite pretty too!
There are many different flavors in the cake, with little cherries dotted around too. It is easier to make than you think, and is great for dinner parties!
These spicy cheddar sourdough crackers are the perfect blend of cheesiness and spiciness and will keep you digging in for more.
They offer up a good way to use up extra sourdough discard, and can be kept in an airtight container and enjoyed as a snack over a few days.
Keep this sourdough pita bread recipe close by for when you need some pita bread for dinner, as you get to use the sourdough discard from that day to make them.
They are soft, chewy, and really tasty, pairing well with lots of different dishes!
58. Sourdough Crepes
You just need 5 ingredients to make these sourdough crepes, eggs, sourdough discard, butter, salt, and milk.
For the filling, you could make a mix of cream cheese, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and whipped heavy cream. It’s the perfect breakfast on a lazy Sunday morning.
Following this recipe, and adding in some sourdough discard, you will be left with a moist and perfectly sweet lemon cake. The sourdough discard gives the cake a tangy flavor, but also a springy light texture.
Drizzle some glaze on top for a lovely tea-time treat.
Cobbler is a much-loved dessert and using this recipe you can use your sourdough discard to make delicious cobbler easily.
Make the cobbler with apples, pears, peaches, or even berries, and enjoy the different spices and flavors that you can incorporate into the recipe.
These sourdough discard scallion pancakes are delightfully easy to make and taste super delicious once done.
You can give them extra flavor with some soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil, salt, and pepper, which all help to balance out the sourdough tang.
A quick and easy lunch, these are a great way to use up sourdough discard!
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I am a passionate enthusiast with extensive knowledge and experience in the world of sourdough baking. I have spent countless hours experimenting with different sourdough recipes, honing my skills, and perfecting the art of utilizing sourdough discard in creative and delicious ways. My expertise extends to a wide range of sourdough-based dishes, from classic bread and pastries to innovative creations that make the most of this versatile ingredient.
Sourdough Discard Recipes
Sourdough discard is a valuable byproduct of maintaining a sourdough starter, and it can be repurposed in numerous delectable recipes. Here are some of the concepts used in this article:
- Sourdough Lemon Blueberry Scones
- Sourdough Garlic Bread Bites
- Fudgy Sourdough Brownies
- Sourdough Focaccia Bread
- Sourdough Biscuits
- Sourdough Crackers
- Sourdough Sandwich Bread
- Sourdough Tortillas
- Sourdough Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Sourdough Bagels
- Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls
- Sourdough Discard Pancakes
- Sourdough Discard Naan
- Sourdough Pretzels
- Sourdough Pop Tarts
- Sourdough Discard Bread
- Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Sourdough Gourmet Crackers
- Soft Sourdough Discard Rolls
- Sourdough Discard Fried Chicken Strips
- Sourdough Discard Brownie Cookie
- Sourdough Oatmeal Cookies
- Sourdough Ciabatta
- Sourdough English Muffins
- Sourdough Discard Donuts
- Sourdough Pumpkin Bread
- Sourdough Lemon Cake
- Sourdough Cinnamon Bread
- Sourdough Discard Waffles
- Chocolate Sourdough Discard Bread
- Pretzel Bites
- Sourdough Discard Cheddar Biscuit
- Sourdough Snickerdoodle Cookies
- Muffins With Orange and Cardamom
- Sourdough Puff Pastry
- Sourdough Discard Biscotti
- Sourdough Pasta
- Sourdough Discard Banana Bread
- Fruit And Nut Sourdough Bread
- Cheesy Breadsticks
- Sourdough Coffee Cake
- Sourdough Blueberry Muffins
- Sourdough Cornbread
- Sourdough Peanut Butter Cookies
- Sourdough Pie Crust
- Chocolate Chip Sourdough Scones
- Sourdough Dutch Baby
- Blueberry Sourdough Sweet Rolls
- Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes
- Sourdough Pizza Dough
- Sourdough Discard Chocolate Mug Cakes
- Sourdough Onion Rings
- Sourdough Garlic Knots
- Sourdough Dumplings
- Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
- Spicy Cheddar Sourdough Crackers
- Sourdough Pita Bread
- Sourdough Crepes
- Lemon Sourdough Cake
- Sourdough Cobbler
- Sourdough Discard Scallion Pancakes
These recipes showcase the versatility of sourdough discard and its ability to enhance a wide variety of dishes, from baked goods to savory treats. Each concept represents a unique and delicious way to make the most of sourdough discard, turning what might have been discarded into culinary delights.
If you have any specific questions about any of these concepts or if you'd like to delve deeper into the world of sourdough baking, feel free to ask!