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21 (Really Good) Things To Make With Leftover Sourdough Starter

Don't ditch the discard.

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When it comes to making sourdough bread from scratch, the most ~involved~ part is getting the starter right.

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Keeping it, feeding it, dealing with the leftover discard. It's a lot! The main thing to know about the latter? You don't have to throw sourdough discard away. Instead, use it to make a ton of delicious things β€” like English muffins, scallion pancakes, flaky biscuits, fudgy brownies, and more. πŸ˜‹

Recipe + Video: How To Make a Sourdough Starter From Scratch

1. Sourdough Pancakes

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The simple batter β€” which includes a half cup of discard β€” sits on the counter overnight, then is ready by morning.

Recipe: Sourdough Pancakes

2. Sourdough Granola Clusters

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Sourdough starter acts as the binder here. Thanks to it, you'll get crunchy clusters without having to add much extra fat or sweetener.

Recipe: Sourdough Granola Clusters

3. Sourdough Pizza Crust

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This version makes enough for four pizza crusts β€” and includes instructions on how to freeze leftovers.

Recipe: Sourdough Pizza Crust

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Pair these easy sheet pan crackers with cheese or jam β€” they're thin, crispy, and super versatile.

Recipe: Sourdough Crackers With Olive Oil & Herbs

5. Sourdough Brownies

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Compared to regular brownies, these have a little extra tang thanks to the sourdough. They also stay extra fudgy in the middle!

Recipe: Sourdough Brownies

6. Sourdough Scallion Pancakes

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Scallion pancakes are one of fastest (and easiest) ways to use leftover starter. You'll just chop a few scallions then toss everything into a hot skillet to cook for a few minutes.

Recipe: Sourdough Scallion Pancakes

7. Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

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Fair warning that these are a bit of project β€”Β but the final product is worth it.

Recipe: Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

8. Flaky Sourdough Biscuits

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Sourdough discard gives these an extra tender and flaky texture β€” and nixes the need for any buttermilk.

Recipe: Flaky Sourdough Biscuits

9. Sourdough Coffee Cake

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One of the best things you can pair with a morning cup, IMHO.

Recipe: Sourdough Coffee Cake

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Instead of sugar, this version uses a bit of honey and molasses to sweeten. (If you don't have hazelnuts, swap in any other nut β€” or leave 'em out!)

Recipe: Sourdough Muffins with Apples, Molasses, and Hazelnuts

11. Classic Sourdough Waffles

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The cool thing about this all-purpose recipe? You can use your starter no matter what stage it's in: whether it's a sleepy fridge starter or a super bubbly one.

Recipe: Classic Sourdough Waffles

12. Sourdough Tortillas

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We're all making tortillas during quarantine anyway, right? Might as well add these to the list!

Recipe: Sourdough Tortillas

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These have golden rasins, crushed pineapple, and shredded carrots for sweetness.

Recipe: Sourdough Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

14. Crispy Sourdough Squares With Za'atar

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If you don't have za'atar, toss together your own blend with oregano, cumin, coriander, sesame seeds, and sumac.

Recipe: Crispy Sourdough Squares With Za'atar

15. Savory & Sweet Sourdough Pretzels

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Take your pick: buttery original, savory garlic and Parmesan, or sweet cinnamon sugar.

Recipe: Sourdough Pretzels

16. Sourdough Croissants

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This one is perfect if you're looking for a weekend project. The main thing you'll need is time β€” three days, to be exact β€” but you'll be rewarded with seriously flaky (and bakery-worthy!) croissants.

Recipe: Sourdough Croissants

17. Sourdough Discard Brownies

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Chocolate makes everything better, clearly.

Recipe: Sourdough Discard Brownies

18. Sourdough Blueberry Crumb Cake

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Make a double batch of the crumble and freeze half for future treats: apple pies, peach crisps, strawberry cobblers.

Recipe: Sourdough Blueberry Crumb Cake

19. Sourdough Discard Pumpkin Bread

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Topped with sweet and salty pepitas for extra crunch.

Recipe: Sourdough Discard Pumpkin Bread

20. Vegan Sourdough Skillet Pancake with Pears

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If you don't have pears, swap in just about any other fruit. Apples, berries, peaches, and plums all work!

Recipe: Vegan Sourdough Skillet Pancake with Pears

21. Sourdough English Muffins

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Remember to keep your hands wet β€” or use a wet bench scraper β€” if the dough gets too sticky as you're working with it.

Recipe: Sourdough English Muffins