The sweetest sour things: A few of my favorite (sourdough) things

My close friends (and poor Mum) know that I have recently started spending a lot of time talking about, experimenting with, baking with or just generally obsessing over my sourdough starter. Like a lot of time. I have lost sleep stressing over why my starter isn’t rising. I have also gotten out of bed early to feed it or to check on a sourdough dough proving in the fridge. My Mum has been a soldier and always feigns interest when I discuss how my starter smells ‘yummy like bananas’ today and ‘sour and ready to bake a strong loaf’ the next day. Thanks Mum!

Another effect or raising a sourdough baby is that it has to be fed once a week, as well as whenever you want to use it to bake. The result is A LOT of sourdough discard. I have turned to the internet a lot over the past few weeks to find alternative ways to use my sourdough starter discard to ensure minimal waste. The result has been incredible as baking with sourdough discard adds an extra dimension of flavour and texture one doesn’t find with regular baking.

Mel has also asked me to write lovingly about my starter but I don’t do soppy. Instead I shall share my love for my ‘child’ by sharing some exciting ways to bake with sourdough. So, for those who also have a sourdough baby or are looking to invest in one, I present to you a compilation of my favorite sourdough recipes.

Sourdough Scones

Sunday tea at home

Recipe Credit: Little Spoon Farm

Link: Little Spoon Farm: Chocolate Chip Sourdough Scones

These babies have an incredible texture and are begging to be smothered with some freshly whipped cream and strawberries for Sunday tea.

Vegan Sourdough Banana Bread

Banana bread looks prettier next to flowers

Recipe Credit: Top with Cinnamon

Link: Top with Cinnamon: Sourdough Banana Bread

This banana bread tastes great and is super moist (yes, I went there) thanks to the use of sourdough discard.

Some tips: Add in chopped nuts and/or chocolate chips for some added crunch

When baking cover with foil (shiny side down) to ensure the loaf bakes through without drying out

Vegan Sourdough Brownies

Chocolate on chocolate on chocolate

Recipe Credit: Top with Cinnamon

Link: Top with Cinnamon: Vegan Sourdough Brownies

These do take a bit of extra effort but are SO WORTH IT. Tons of gooey chocolate goodness baked into a tray of chocolate brownies.

Tips: Use cacao instead of cocoa for extra richness and chocolatey flavour

Sprinkle flakey sea salt over the top to add some extra crunch

I also upped the calories and general unhealthiness of these by sticking some chopped up Lindor balls into the mixture before baking

Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

Some cinnamon rolls were harmed (consumed) in the making of this picture

Recipe Credit: The Perfect Loaf

Link: The Perfect Loaf: Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

This is my favorite recipe by far and goes well with a homemade salted caramel sauce!


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