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Easy Sourdough Discard Recipes

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Sourdough starter discard should never be thrown away! These easy and quick recipes are perfect ways to use your leftover sourdough starter discard – straight from the jar!

How to use your sourdough discard

When you are first starting out with your sourdough starter, its hard to know what to do with your leftover sourdough discard at feeding time!

These recipes are perfect for beginner sourdough bakers because they are all easy and quick!

Are you new to sourdough? Read the Ultimate Guide to Sourdough for Beginner’s to get the answers to all your questions!

What kind of sourdough starter do I need for these recipes?

These recipes all use 100% hydration sourdough starter discard, or a starter that is fed equal amounts of flour and water by weight.

Read up on feeding your sourdough starter the easy way, and then get baking!

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.

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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!

Need even more sourdough inspiration? Check out Sourdough Dessert Recipes and quick sourdough recipes you can make under an hour!

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Double Chocolate Sourdough Brownies
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!
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Sourdough Peanut Butter Cookies
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.
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Sourdough Irish Soda Bread
This simple and quick sourdough Irish Soda Bread is a great recipe to use your unfed sourdough discard in. Tender and flavorful, this loaf of bread is like a quick scone.
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Sourdough Blueberry Muffins
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!
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Sourdough Coffee Cake
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.
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Sourdough Fried Apples
These sourdough fried apples are sweet with a slight sourdough tang. A perfect appetizer, snack or dessert recipe to use your sourdough starter discard.
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Sourdough Cranberry White Chocolate Blondies
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!
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Brown Sugar Cinnamon Sourdough Scones
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).
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The Best Sourdough Banana Bread Recipe
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!
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Sourdough Pound Cake
Sourdough Pound cake is a dense and sweet cake that is a perfect use of sourdough starter discard! Serve with fresh fruit and whipped cream for a great cake recipe.
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Easy Cheesy Sourdough Popovers
These buttery and cheesy sourdough popovers are a fun and easy addition to your meal and a great way to use your sourdough starter!
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Easy Sourdough Pasta Recipe
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.
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Sourdough Cornbread Recipe
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.
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Sourdough Crackers Recipe with Everything Bagel Spice
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!
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Buttermilk Sourdough Biscuits
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!
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Sourdough Carrot Cake
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!
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Sourdough Crepes on multiple plates with berries
Easy Sourdough Crepes Recipe
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!
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Perfect Sourdough Sugar Cookies
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!
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Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies
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.
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stack of sourdough naan on cutting board
Sourdough Naan
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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Sourdough Oatmeal Cookies
Sourdough Oatmeal Cookies are an easy discard recipe you will want to make again and again! Soft and cakey oatmeal cookies iced with a thick icing.
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  1. Oh my gosh, I am drooling at your topping/flavoring choices. And beer in the dough sounds amazing – I mean, pizza and beer go together well anyway, so combining them? Genius. There was a definite learning curve to grilling the pizza, but it looks like it worked out deliciously! YUM!!

    1. Yes, grilling the pizzas definitely takes a learning curve, and I think I need to give it a few more attempts, but it tasted great! 🙂

  2. You know, I've never grilled pizza but I've always heard good things. Looks great! I think I'll give this go!

    1. Thanks! It wasn't hard, just tricky to get the timing down at first. You kinda get the hang of it… Also, I just checked out your blog and LOVE IT!!

  3. Jenni, your pizza looks SO GOOD! I'm drooling on my computer screen. Love the beer in the crust (brilliant!), love the Hawaiian-chicken-BBQ toppings (I will have to remember that for my next pizza), and love that you grilled it. I want a piece!

  4. The colours on your pizza are beautiful. Hawaiian pizza is already one of my favourites (mm, pineapple), but you've taken it to a whole new delicious level!

    I'm really intrigued by the idea of grilling pizza. It sounds great. I must give it a go when the sun comes back. 🙂

  5. Beer in the dough and pineapple and jerk seasoning on top? No wonder you guys were planning your next pizza cookout while eating it! The pizza looks sooo good.

    Appreciate all your comments at my blog, Jenni. I'm glad Sourdough Surprises came along to inspire me to try out more recipes, so thanks. Looking forward to more adventures with you all!

  6. Not only is this pizza gorgeous and the combination of flavors is wild (Hawaii meets Jamaica) – especially loving the beer in the dough..it's so perfect..brewer's yeast plus SD wild yeast!

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