If you’re an avid sourdough baker, you know that maintaining a sourdough starter often leads to an abundance of discard. Rather than toss it, why not turn it into mouthwatering desserts? Today, I’m sharing a variety of sweet treats that make use of sourdough discard, from cookies and cakes to pancakes and more. Get ready to indulge in some irresistible creations that will have you looking at sourdough discard in a whole new light.
Jumping on the Sourdough Bandwagon
Back around Covid when I first started noticing the sourdough craze beginning to surface… you know, when you weren’t sure you’d be able to get bread (or toilet paper).
Everyone seemed to become sourdough bakers overnight – and that was when I made my first sourdough bread loaf.
Well, life got back to normal, I stopped baking, and just recently, more for health than survival, I jumped back into sourdough baking again.
And I kinda remembered why I stopped.
It was a LOT of work to keep up with the daily feeding of the starter. And there was SO much discard.
Enter, sourdough discard recipes.
The Beauty of Sourdough Discard Recipes
I love that there’s a way to use all that discard without wasting it. Until I discovered discard recipes, it was a real internal conflict for me!
Beyond different varieties of sourdough bread, I’ve made discard tortillas which are a staple at my house.
But soon (thanks, Instagram,) I definitely became intrigued by the idea of using sourdough discard in desserts.
In the spectrum of health, homemade is better than store-bought. And if you can include some sourdough in your dessert also, it raises the health meter just a little bit.
Desserts are such a great way to use up that discard – and you can feel just a little bit better about indulging in a sweet treating knowing some healthy sourdough is in the mix.
I’m assuming y’all know about sourdough since you’re here looking for discard recipes, but I’ll throw in a few FAQ if you’re new to all this.
Sourdough Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is Sourdough Discard and How is it Different Than Starter?
Active sourdough starter (or mature starter) has been fed within the past 6-8 hours, has doubled, and is bubbly and ready to use in recipes that call for active sourdough starter. It has the leavening agent in it and no other yeast or leavening ingredient is required.
Sourdough discard is a byproduct of maintaining a sourdough starter, typically removed and discarded during the feeding process to keep the starter healthy.
Sourdough discard is also referred to as inactive or unfed sourdough starter – it has passed the mature stage and is in a dormant stage.
Recipes with discard require some other leavening ingredient, such as yeast, baking soda, or baking powder. Or you can use it for recipes like crackers, that don’t need to rise.
Be aware when you’re looking at recipes to see if active starter is needed or sourdough discard.
All of these recipes can be made with discard, though it is recommended to let it reach room temperature if coming right out of the fridge.
Why Make Sourdough Discard Recipes?
Instead of wasting this discard, discard is great to use in all kinds of recipes, including desserts.
The discard adds a unique tangy flavor and also contributes to the texture and rise of baked goods.
Another added benefit of using sourdough discard in desserts is that helps reduce food waste and us a chance to creatively use every part of their sourdough starter.
Why Make Sourdough at All?
Sourdough bread is often considered a healthier option compared to commercial bread due to the fermentation process it undergoes.
Sourdough also produces may prebiotics, which feed the good bacteria in your gut, improving your gut health.
The fermentation of sourdough starter helps break down gluten and phytic acid (which inhibits your body’s ability to absorb nutrients), making it easier to digest for some individuals.
Sourdough bread has a lower glycemic index compared to other breads, which means it may lead to smaller spikes in blood sugar levels and can help with weight management.
The fermentation process also increases the bioavailability of nutrients, making it easier for the body to absorb essential vitamins and minerals.
Last but not least, sourdough bread has a more complex and, to many, a more satisfying flavor, which can contribute to a more enjoyable eating experience.
OK, let’s get to these amazing recipes!
45 Sourdough Starter Discard Recipes – Dessert Edition
Are you ready for delicious dessert recipes?
This is your ultimate guide for all of the treats you love with a sourdough twist!
You’ll see recipes with a lot of your typical dry ingredients such a little flour, baking powder, and sugar.
You’ll alson see the wet ingredients such as eggs and vanilla extract as well.
But the sourdough discard is where the magic happens.
You’ll find sourdough brownies, cookies, cakes, sweet breads, and more. Included a few quick breads in this list, as I definitely serve them as desserts.
All of these sourdough desserts use discard; however – some can be also made active sourdough starter.
Let’s get to it!
Sourdough Discard Desserts for the Win!
Did you love these sourdough dessert recipes?
All of your traditional recipes with a sourdough twist! You dont’ need a special occasion to make these – any day is a great time of year for your family to enjoy these amazing desserts.
Sourdough baking is definitely a popular trend! If you have some extra sourdough starter, pass it one to a friend and have them join in!
I hope you found a great recipe you love! Desserts are a wonderful way to use your leftover discard and share the love through a yummy treat!
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