Three sourdough pancakes in a pan with a stack by the side

Easy sourdough discard recipes

Make the most of your leftover sourdough starter with our easy bakes, from chocolatey brownies to perfect pepperoni pizza

Put that sourdough discard to good use with our creative recipes. Want to make a batch of decadent brownies? Looking for unique pancake recipes? See our recipes below for unique ways to use up your sourdough discard.


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Easy sourdough discard recipes

Sourdough brownies

Put your sourdough starter discard to good use with these rich and indulgent chocolate brownies, topped with crunchy salted pretzels and a pinch of sea salt.

Sourdough breakfast buns

Make brilliant use of any left-over sourdough starter with these pillowy breakfast buns, filled with citrus fruit, thyme and a sticky brown sugar filling. This recipe comes from The Gin Trap Inn, Norfolk.

Pepperoni pizza

What better way to use up that starter than with pizza? Follow our simple steps and expert tips for a perfect homemade pepperoni pizzas to trump any takeaway.

Sourdough pancakes

Make the most of leftover sourdough starter with a stack of fluffy pancakes, flavoured with brown butter and drizzled with maple syrup.

Sourdough cookies

Bake a batch of moreish chocolate chip cookies with your sourdough discard. We’ve added rye flour for a nutty depth of flavour.

Sourdough discard tempura

Put your sourdough discard to great use by mixing with sparkling water to create a batter for green veggies. Serve with soy sauce as an easy vegan starter.