Sourdough discard refers to the portion of a sourdough starter that is removed or “discarded” during the feeding process. When maintaining a sourdough starter, a small portion of the starter is typically removed and replaced with fresh flour and water to refresh the starter and keep it active.
The discarded portion of the starter can be used in recipes as a flavoring agent or leavening agent, although it may not be as strong as an active, refreshed starter. It’s often used in recipes for sourdough pancakes, waffles, biscuits, and other baked goods to add a tangy flavor and texture.
Recipes to Make Using Sourdough Discard?
Sourdough Discard Pancakes: Whip up a batch of fluffy and tangy pancakes using your leftover sourdough discard. Simply mix the discard with flour, sugar, baking powder, eggs, and milk to create a batter. Fry on a hot griddle and serve with butter and maple syrup.
Sourdough Discard Waffles: Similar to pancakes, sourdough discard can be used in waffles to add flavor and lift. Combine the discard with flour, baking powder, sugar, eggs, and milk to create a light and crispy waffle batter.
Sourdough Discard Biscuits: Sourdough discard can also be added to biscuits to create a flaky and flavorful pastry. Combine the discard with flour, baking powder, butter, and milk to create a dough. Cut into rounds and bake in the oven until golden brown.
Sourdough Discard Pizza Dough: The tangy flavor of sourdough discard can be a great addition to pizza dough. Mix the discard with flour, water, yeast, and olive oil to create a chewy and flavorful pizza crust.
Sourdough Discard Bread: Sourdough discard can be used as a natural leavening agent in bread recipes. Combine the discard with flour, water, salt, and yeast to create a sourdough bread dough. Allow the dough to rise and bake in the oven until golden brown.
Sourdough Discard Crackers: Turn your sourdough discard into crispy and savory crackers. Combine the discard with flour, salt, and herbs to create a dough. Roll out the dough and bake in the oven until crispy and golden.
Sourdough Discard Dumplings: Sourdough discard can be used to add a tangy flavor to savory dumplings. Mix the discard with flour, water, and salt to create a dumpling dough. Fill with your favorite savory filling and cook in a pot of boiling water.