Sourdough starter needs regular discard in order to maintain a proper pH and to keep you from having a 50 gallon barrel full of the stuff. But it feels wasteful to throw it away every day.
Flour is pretty precious.
Instead, use your discarded (unfed) starter to add extra flavor to a variety of baked goods. If you don’t want to bake every day, just pour your discard into a container and stick it in the fridge until you’re ready. You can even freeze it for later.
Just remember: Discard does not rise and will not leaven any baked good. It’s for flavor only. Discard also does not break down the gluten, sugars or phytic acid in flour and is not suitable for the gluten intolerant.
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Breakfast is a great time to add your sourdough discard! I love cake donuts and the recipe below is so tender and light. Try crispy waffles (and freeze them for warming up in the toaster) or super unique flaky biscuits.
Sourdough discard cinnamon sugar cake donuts
So tender they melt in your mouth. These sourdough discard cake donuts will be a special treat!
If you’ve begun your own sourdough routine, you NEED this delectable sourdough oatmeal pancake recipe! They are super tender & fluffy, made with hearty nourishing oats and fermented overnight with sourdough starter.
These soft and flaky American-style sourdough biscuits are the perfect easy side and a great way to use some sourdough discard! The discard adds a bit of tang and extra flavour while reducing kitchen waste – win win.
Sourdough Bundt Cake with Buttermilk Glaze is a perfect snack cake. The tangy-sweet buttermilk glaze forms an ultra-thin coating. A little sourdough discard transforms an ordinary cake into an extraordinary treat.
Sourdough naan is so easy its foolproof! Nothing is better than fresh off the griddle flatbread, and this naan recipe is exactly that! Delicious and flavorful naan is right around the corner with this great recipe!