Sourdough Recipes That Aren’t Bread

You know you can bake bread with your starter. You also probably know about sourdough discard recipes. But these are different: long-rise, fermented sourdough recipes that aren’t bread.

Think treats like fluffy beignets, cheesy stuffed croissants, and much more. You’ll be surprised at how versatile your bubbly starter is.

So, are you ready to take your sourdough game to the next level? I’ll show you how.

Remember

These all use active sourdough starter and are different from sourdough discard recipes.

Sourdough sugar cookies with white frosting.

Easy Sourdough Sugar Cookies & Sugar Cookie Frosting

These sourdough sugar cookies are wonderfully soft and chewy, perfectly shaped without spreading, all thanks to the tangy magic of the sourdough starter!

Sourdough focaccia with cherry tomatoes and red onion slices.

Sourdough Focaccia

Pillowy sourdough focaccia of various flours makes a perfect bed for a topping of cherry tomatoes and crispy purple onion.

Sliced piece of chocolate sourdough cake with chocolate frosting

Chocolate Sourdough Cake

This luxurious chocolate sourdough cake is a dessert that steals the spotlight! Using sourdough starter in a non-bread twist, this recipe offers a rich, moist, and intensely chocolatey experience, all crowned with a velvety chocolate buttercream frosting. It’s a chocolate enthusiast’s dream come true!

Sourdough cinnamon rolls topped with white icing, on a plate with a glass of milk on the side.

Homemade Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls 

These sourdough cinnamon rolls blend comfort and luxury, elevating the traditional recipe to new heights. With their soft and pillowy texture, they’re ideal for cozy nights, sunny mornings, or indulgent breakfasts.

Sourdough coffee cake with walnut streusel and white glaze drizzled on top.

Sourdough Coffee Cake with Walnut Streusel

This Sourdough Coffee Cake, featuring a crunchy walnut streusel, uses an active sourdough starter and is made richer with butter, milk, and eggs. The brown sugar crumb topping and vanilla glaze top off this exceptional treat, perfect for breakfast or as a dessert.

Sliced sourdough croissant with ham and cheese filling.

Sourdough Ham and Cheese Croissant

Ham and Cheese Croissants have been taken up a notch! Whip up these savory croissants using an active sourdough starter and stuff them with ham and Emmental cheese! They’re not just an ideal snack; they also make for a great work lunch with a side salad, a delicious picnic or hike treat, or even a savory breakfast fresh from the oven!

Sourdough beignets dusted with powdered sugar on a plate.

Sourdough Beignets

These sourdough beignets are fluffy, soft, and fried to perfection, making for a delightful snack. They taste like donuts but are even simpler to prepare since beignets need just one proofing session.

Sourdough pretzel bites with sesame and poppy seeds, served with mustard

Easy Soft Sourdough Pretzels

These soft sourdough pretzels are not just simple to whip up, but they also deliver all the authentic flavors you’d expect from a traditional German pretzel.

Close-up of wheat stalks against a soft background.

A Guide to Successful Sourdough Baking With Organic Einkorn Wheat

If you’re searching for a comprehensive guide on using organic, single-grain einkorn flour for all your sourdough baking needs, you’ve found the right place. I’ll take you through the process of keeping a pure einkorn sourdough starter active and teach you how to tweak standard sourdough recipes to work perfectly with einkorn flour.

Stacked sourdough flatbreads on a wooden surface.

Real Sourdough Pita Bread

I was lucky enough to grow up close to one of America’s legendary falafel spots, Falafel’s Drive-In! This place knows how to deliver. With their huge, spicy falafel sandwiches, smooth hummus accompanied by fresh, crispy veggies, richly seasoned lamb, and the classic sweet, sticky baklava, every mouthful is an amazing journey.

Sourdough Danish pastry with cream cheese and blueberries topped with icing.

Sourdough Danish Pastries

These sourdough Danish pastries boast a buttery, flaky texture, crowned with a layer of sweetened cream cheese and a sprinkle of fresh berries.

Sourdough hot cross buns with a white cross on top, in a cloth-lined basket.

Sourdough Hot Cross Buns

These sourdough hot cross buns are tender and airy, packed with fruits, delicately spiced, and just sweet enough. They’re an ideal recipe for using your sourdough starter!

Sourdough buns topped with sesame seeds and poppy seeds on a baking sheet.

Sourdough Bagels

Take your sourdough starter to the next level with the ultimate Sourdough Bagels. They’re wonderfully soft inside with a satisfying chew on the outside, making them perfect for any kind of bagel sandwich!

Sliced sourdough pizza with melted cheese and tomato on top.

Sourdough Pizza Crust

This Sourdough Pizza Crust recipe delivers a thin, crispy, and incredibly flavorful base that elevates any pizza to artisanal levels. It’s fantastic for making ahead of time, freezes beautifully, and produces enough to feed the whole family. Plus, the recipe comes with a handy how-to video!

Sourdough pretzels with salt in a wicker basket.

Sourdough Pretzel Bites

Chewy and savory, these Sourdough Pretzel Bites are the ultimate game-day snack! Made without yeast, they’re a fantastic option for using up some of your sourdough starter!

Sourdough breadsticks with sesame seeds, stored in a glass jar.

Simple Sourdough Breadsticks (No Yeast!)

Simple Sourdough Breadsticks are impressive to whip up and incredibly tasty to pair with your favorite meal! They boast a chewy interior, soft texture, and a perfectly crispy crust!

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Enjoy!

From the fluffiest pastries to the heartiest dishes, we’ve experienced the many wonders this versatile ingredient offers besides the traditional loaf.

Whether you’ve stumbled upon a new breakfast favorite or indulged in a decadent dessert, your sourdough starter is a gift that keeps on giving. So, keep that starter alive and thriving, and let these recipes inspire your next kitchen adventure. Sourdough’s tangy twist has more to offer than you might have thought, and I hope you enjoy all the possibilities ❤️.

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