My sourdough starter is new – can I still make these?
Each of these recipes uses your unfed sourdough discard. Because you aren’t using active sourdough starter, most of these recipes still rely on either baking soda or baking powder (or both!) to get their rising power. These recipes are just a fun way to not waste your sourdough starter, and to add some great sourdough flavor to more baked goods.
These recipes are also a fun way to use a starter that goes beyond a loaf of bread!
What will these recipes taste like?
The sourness level of these recipes will depend on your starter and how long it has been since you fed it last.
Starters that have been recently fed will have a milder sourdough flavor.
Starters that have not been fed for a while and have been sitting in the fridge in an inactive state for a week or so will have a more pronounced sourdough tang.
Do you have extra sourdough discard on hand? Make sure you have some saved for emergencies. Cover all your bases by learning how to dry sourdough starter!
Easy Sourdough Starter Discard Recipes
These easy and quick recipes are perfect ways to use your leftover sourdough starter discard! Never throw your discard away again!
Sourdough brownies are an ultra fudgy, and rich and delicious dessert that uses your sourdough discard. They are easy and quick to make, so you can enjoy them whenever you have sourdough discard to use. A great recipe to use your sourdough starter!
These peanut butter sourdough cookies are a fun and delicious recipe to use up your sourdough starter discard! These easy cookies don’t have a big sourdough flavor but do add to the depth of flavor of the overall cookie.
This easy sourdough muffin recipe is a perfect use of your sourdough starter discard! These muffins are dense and flavorful, with just a hint of sourdough tang, and many juicy blueberries. Topped with a lovely crunchy topping, these sourdough blueberry muffins are a breakfast delight!
This sourdough coffee cake recipe is an easy way to use sourdough discard, and a great way to have breakfast! The subtle sourdough flavor and juicy blueberries combine well in this tender and moist cake.
These copycat white chocolate and cranberry blondies are given an upgrade with the addition of sourdough discard. These bars are tangy and flavorful, frosted with a cream cheese frosting, then drizzled with white chocolate and sprinkled with dried cranberries. This sourdough blondies recipe is a fun treat to share!
Brown sugar and cinnamon sourdough scones are tender, crumbly, and buttery with a lovely brown sugar glaze on top. This is a great sourdough discard recipe to make and share with friends (or eat them all by yourself).
This delicious sourdough banana bread will quickly be a new favorite. Not quite as cake like as some other banana breads can be, with also a bit more spice due to the lemon zest and ginger, its makes a great breakfast or afternoon treat – especially warmed and slathered with butter!
This rustic handmade pasta recipe is a great use of sourdough discard. With a slight sourdough tang and a nice chewy bite, this rustic sourdough pasta is a fun recipe you can use to make any shape of pasta you want.
This sourdough cornbread has great cornbread flavor with just a little sourdough pizzaz. Baked in a cast iron skillet, this sourdough cornbread has a crisp crust with a tender, moist, center without being too "cake like". It is the perfect pairing with soups, stews, and chilis, and anything else you want to pair it with.
Sourdough crackers are a perfect use of your sourdough discard! This recipe is easy, it uses leftover sourdough discard, and its quick to make - so you can enjoy these crackers any time you have a hankering for them!
These easy buttermilk sourdough biscuits are tender and flaky with just the right amount of sourdough tang. A quick and simple recipe for using your leftover sourdough starter discard, and a perfect easy recipe for beginner sourdough bakers!
Sourdough carrot cake is an easy and delicious dessert to make with your sourdough discard. Heavily spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger and topped with cream cheese frosting. You will never look at carrot cake the same way again!
These sourdough crepes are easy to make and delicious to eat! With a slight sourdough tang and tons of great flavor, these tender crepes made with sourdough discard are perfect to fill with anything you want!
Sourdough sugar cookies is a great way to use your sourdough starter! These sugar cookies are simple to make, perfect for cut outs and decorating, and don’t need to be chilled before baking. A fantastic recipe to use your sourdough starter discard!
Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies are a delicious and simple recipe that uses sourdough starter discard. Loaded with chocolate chips and just a hint of sourdough flavor, these soft and cake like cookies will become your new favorite recipe.
Sourdough naan is so easy its foolproof! Nothing is better than fresh off the griddle flatbread, and this naan recipe is exactly that! Delicious and flavorful naan is right around the corner with this great recipe!
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