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9 Recipes Using Sourdough Starter

With homemade sourdough becoming more popular, I’ve had many people ask me, “What else can I make with my sourdough starter?” and “Can I use leftover sourdough starter in other recipes?

The answer, of course, is YES! Besides making delicious sourdough bread (such as this no-knead sourdough bread), you can also use any leftover or discarded sourdough starter to make pancakes, biscuits, rolls, and other baked goods!

A loaf of freshly baked no knead sourdough bread in a red enamel dutch oven
No-Knead Sourdough Bread

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Leftover Sourdough Starter Recipes

Besides also reducing food waste, re-using your sourdough starter in other recipes is a great way to try new recipes and learn more about how sourdough works.

Of course, you’ll need a sourdough starter to make all of these recipes, so if you don’t already have one started, you can use this guide to learn how to make a sourdough using just flour and water.

Sourdough Crackers with Homemade Za’atar
Mix together your sourdough discard with a few basic pantry staples, roll, cut, and bake! No rising time required.
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sourdough crackers
Overnight Blueberry Sourdough Pancakes
These blueberry sourdough pancakes are the ultimate weekend breakfast, make-ahead friendly, healthy, and they turn out fluffy even with whole wheat!
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blueberry sourdough pancakes in a stack
Sourdough English Muffins
Sourdough English muffins are not baked, they are cooked on a hot griddles. These are a favorite for breakfast.
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freshly bakes sourdough english muffins
Sourdough Spelt Waffles
Sourdough waffles with the option to use a true sourdough starter or yeast, for a more intense flavour and a nice chewy texture. Fluffy inside, crispy outside, and the batter is waiting for you when you wake up!
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Cheese and Chive Sourdough Biscuits
These tasty Cheese and Chive Sourdough Biscuits are the perfect soup companion. Thick, hearty, and delicious, they can be used for sandwiches and even frozen for later use.
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sourdough cheese and chive biscuits on a cloth
One Bowl Sourdough Banana Bread
This one bowl sourdough banana bread is a fantastic way to repurpose your sourdough starter discard! It makes a fluffy, moist snack perfect with coffee.
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a loaf od sourdough banana bread sliced
Sourdough Focaccia Bread
An easy overnight sourdough focaccia bread that has a wonderful chewy texture. Full of airy bubbles, concorde grapes, rosemary, and sea salt, it’s the perfect snack to serve with cheese or a charcuterie platter.
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Sourdough Bagels
Combining sourdough tanginess with bagel chewiness, these sourdough bagels are a step above the norm and a great way to use sourdough starter discard!
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sourdough bagels on a breakfast plate
Chocolate Sourdough Cake
This chocolate sourdough cake is such a delicious way to use up extra sourdough starter. Nobody will be able to tell just how healthy it really is!
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a piece of sourdough chocolate cake on a white plate

What’s your favourite recipe using leftover sourdough starter? Share it in the comments below!

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  1. If I bake the sourdough bread in the cast Iron fry pan with lid..the pan is 3 inches and the top is a little over a inch.Is that going to be deep enough? If I have to cook in regular bread pans would I also put dough on parchment paper and then into pans?
    Thank you for all your help!

    • Hey Shiela, 3 inches maybe a little shallow. The bread would probably turn out flat and not have a nice rounded top. You ideally want something deeper to allow the dough to double in size accommodate the oven rise. If you do use regular loaf pans, just grease the pans really well with butter to prevent the dough from sticking to it.

  2. I’d love you try doing pizza crust! Do you have a recipe? So far I’ve done pretzel, bagels and your bread! All excellent! Thankyou!

  3. Charlotte Dennis

    Good day! I have started my first sourdough starter and today is day 4. My starter did quite a bit of growing last night and, although I have it in a large glass jar, there isn’t enough room for me to add its next feed. Am I able to transfer this starter to a larger jar without starting over? Thank you! 🙂

  4. I am just starting to get into sourdough, so this list of recipes is really helpful. I didn’t realize that sourdough was so versatile. Really looking forward to giving all of these a try when my sourdough starter is ready.

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