What is sourdough discard?
As the name implies, sourdough discard refers to a portion of the sourdough starter that is set aside. This step is undertaken prior to feeding – adding fresh flour and water – to regulate its growth and rejuvenate the acidity levels.
Sourdough discard is a blend of flour and water – essential components in numerous baked goods. While it may not possess the activity necessary to leaven sourdough bread, it boasts versatility. If additional rising power is needed, baking powder can be added.
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Dive into our favourite sourdough discard recipes below.
10 ways to use up sourdough starter
Add your sourdough starter to crumpet batter for a super light and airy texture. Try using our crumpet recipe for a fluffy, golden brown result.
See our crumpet recipes for more inspiration.
2. Sourdough crackers
Mix starter excess with seeds and toasted, raw quinoa then pour onto a non-stick baking sheet. The mix should be the consistency of porridge. Spread evenly, sprinkle with salt and then bake at 200C/180C fan/gas 6 for 10-15 mins until browned and crisp. Cool and snap into pieces.
Add your starter leftovers into pancake batter for a tangy flavour and added fluffiness. Try our simple sourdough pancakes recipe to use up your discard and make a delicious breakfast treat.
Find heaps of pancake inspiration with our pancake recipes.
Take your pizza to the next level by incorporating sourdough starter into the dough base. When pan-fried or baked, this results in a wonderfully crispy and chewy crust. Try our margarita-style sourdough pizza recipe and switch it up if you like with your own choice of toppings.
Discover more pizza recipes to bring a taste of Italy to your kitchen.
The act of making focaccia is often every bit as joyful as the eating, and comes as no exception to this sourdough version. The delightfully soft and squidgy dough is given its characteristic dimpled appearance by softly poking the surface with your fingers before baking. Make sure your starter is fully active for this – it should be bubbly and a teaspoon of it will be able to float in water.
Rustle up one of our rustic focaccia recipes.
Take a classic childhood favourite to the next level with the addition of sourdough starter. The starter will ensure it rises and becomes super light. Try a classic toad-in-the-hole recipe or our luxurious easy cheesy mustard toad-in-the-hole with broccoli.
Find more family favourites with our toad-in-the-hole recipes.
Give this classic Easter bake a tangy flavour twist with your leftover starter. Although these sourdough hot cross buns take a little more effort in terms of stretching and proving the dough, they are well worth it for the end result. Reserve some of your starter to pipe the signature cross on each of the buns before baking. They are glorious served warm slathered with butter.
Try more of our hot cross bun recipes ready for Easter.
9. Dusting powder
Use up your sourdough starter with this versatile dusting powder. Dry out the starter in a thin layer, then grind into a powder using a pestle and mortar. Use the powder to dust bread baskets or bread dough before scoring.
These sourdough cinnamon buns are utterly irresistibly drizzled with a layer of creamy soft cheese icing. The subtle tang of sourdough starter forms a perfect balance to the characteristically sweet and sticky flavours in this Nordic bake.
Discover more of our cinnamon recipes for exciting new ways to use this storecupboard staple.
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