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Delicious Sourdough Recipes (That Are Not Just Bread)

Here are some of my favorite sourdough recipes using sourdough starter, which are not just your basic sourdough bread.

Using sourdough starter to ferment the flour first makes it healthier, too as it breaks down the phytates in the flour. This helps with digestion and mineral absorption. The tangy taste of sourdough makes the baked goods delicious and brings a lot more flavor.

Sourdough Lemon Muffins

These fluffy sourdough lemon muffins are tender, moist drizzled with a tangy lemon glaze. Perfect for an afternoon snack.

–> Sourdough Lemon Muffins

birds eye view of sourdough lemon muffins in post on sourdough recipes not bread.

Baked Sourdough Cinnamon Doughnuts

These are fluffy cake-style baked sourdough doughnuts generously dipped in a cinnamon sugar coating.

–> Baked Sourdough Doughnuts

baked sourdough cinnamon doughnuts.

Sourdough Croissants

Sourdough croissants are deliciously buttery, flaky and once you make them you can’t help but feel darn proud. Making croissants with sourdough starter is a pretty drawn-out process, but it is not actually difficult.

–> Sourdough Croissants Recipe

sourdough croissants on tray.

Sourdough Pizza Bases

This sourdough pizza dough has excellent texture and flavor, so a simple topping is best. The sourdough pizza dough itself is the star.

—-> Sourdough Pizza Crust

Sourdough Puff Pastry 

Homemade flaky sourdough puff pastry is delicious and decadent. Real butter in between the layers is so much more flavourful than store-bought puff pastry, which often doesn’t use butter.

This pastry uses discard sourdough starter.

–> Sourdough Puff Pastry

cut puff pastry

Sourdough Banana Bread

An easy, soft sourdough banana bread. You can bake them as mini loaves, or as one large loaf. I love adding candied ginger to this delicious sourdough banana bread for something extra.

–> Sourdough banana bread

Sourdough Baguettes 

These step by step sourdough baguettes have a classic, crunchy sourdough crust and a light and airy, chewy interior.

–> Sourdough Baguettes

Sliced sourdough baguette bird's eye.

Fluffy Sourdough Pancakes 

These delicious, light and fluffy sourdough pancakes are so easy to make. The main batter is made the night before and uses up your sourdough starter discard.

–> Sourdough Pancakes

a stack of sourdough pancakes.

Sourdough Strawberry Muffins

These easy sourdough strawberry muffins are tender, moist, and bursting with strawberry flavor. They’re topped with a crispy streusel that adds the perfect crispy texture. 

–> Sourdough Strawberry Muffins

Sourdough Chocolate Chip Muffins

These sourdough chocolate chip muffins use a discard starter to create tender and delicious muffins. They’re buttery and flavorful, with lots of chocolate chips. The muffins can be baked immediately, or the batter can be fermented in the refrigerator overnight.

–> Sourdough chocolate chip muffins

New-York Style Sourdough Bagels 

These sourdough bagels are delicious and thick with that iconic chewy crust. They are easy to make and naturally leavened with sourdough starter.

–> Sourdough Bagels

6 Sourdough bagels with poppy seeds on a wooden chopping board. Sitting on wooden planks with striped blue and white tea towel in background.

Sourdough Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Deliciously soft, scented with cinnamon and studded with raisins. This sourdough cinnamon raisin bread is great to eat fresh, or toasted and slathered with butter.

–> Sourdough Cinnamon Raisin Bread

sliced sourdough cinnamon raisin bread.

Sourdough Brioche 

Soft and tender, this sourdough brioche bread is so good. Brioche dough is extra enriched, with lots of butter and eggs so the crumb is wonderfully rich and tender. It’s delicious when made into brioche French toast!

–> Sourdough brioche bread recipe

Sourdough Danish Pastries 

Delicious and flaky sourdough danish pastries leavened with butter and sourdough starter. The dough is similar to sourdough croissants but it’s more enriched, with milk, egg and a touch of fragrant cardamom.

–> Sourdough Danish Pastries

sourdough danish pastry.

Soft Sourdough Dinner Rolls

They’re tender and soft. Serve them as sourdough dinner rolls, or roll them a little bigger and use them as sourdough burger buns. They can be made by hand or in a mixer. 

–> Sourdough dinner rolls

sourdough rolls stacked.

Sourdough Hot Cross Buns 

Spiced, a little bit sweet and a lot fluffy. These sourdough hot cross buns have the signature sourdough tang.

–> The Best Sourdough Hot Cross Buns

side view of sourdough hot cross buns on a wire rack

Sourdough English Muffins

These sourdough English muffins are little bread rounds, leavened with sourdough starter and cooked in a pan. They’re toasted on both sides to create a crisp outer but have a lovely soft texture inside.

–> Sourdough English Muffins

stacked English Muffins on white plate.

I hope you enjoyed this selection!

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  1. It’s a joy to make your delicious sourdough recipes! I’m a home baker, have been making sourdough for around 9 years now and follow a few bakers but your methodology and no fail results would have to be the best. Love, love, love your work! Any chance of an e book sometime?? I would be happy to contribute to your ongoing journey. Thank you so much 😋😊 Sandi

    1. Thanks so much Sandi! It’s not on the cards at the moment but definitely something I’ll consider in the future 😁

  2. I have non-celiac gluten-intolerance and have learned I can tolerate Sourdough if it is long fermented. (Typically, minimum of 24, but 36 hours is best) Do you think your recipes (eg. puff pastry) can be long fermented without affecting the results? TIA

    1. Lynn, I’m not the author of this site, but wanted to comment in case you are actually still waiting after a year. The issue with long-fermentation is the dough would have less ‘lifting power’/yeast. Since sourdough starter is basically just flour and water, then let your starter ferment for as long as you need between feedings and use your discard for quick-breads or breads to which you add yeast. I made some muffins last night that were 100% sourdough starter/discard with no additional flour added. (they are good). Then you can use a gluten-free flour if you need to add additional flour.

  3. Yes, I was wondering if you can use sour dough starter to make chocolate chip cookies. I didn’t know if you could only use the sour dough starter in bread only? Also, I am extremely busy , and don’t really have time to make a sour dough starter, can I buy it all ready to go? Thank you

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