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5 Sweet Sourdough Recipes to make With Sourdough Starter

Wondering what to make with a sourdough starter? Here is a list of 5 sweet sourdough recipes in which you can put your starter to work!

This post contains sourdough desserts using a discard starter or a fed starter.

A sourdough starter is a collection of wild yeast and bacteria that feed off a mixture of flour and water. Sourdough starter has many uses. Use it as the yeast component in a recipe in which case you need an active and recently fed starter full of happy yeasts.

Or, use a sourdough discard that hasn’t been fed in sourdough discard recipes. In this case, the sourdough discard recipe is relying on the acid component of the starter which is created by the bacteria in there. Mix this with a leavener like baking soda, and together with the acid, this creates the rise.

Here are 5 Sourdough Dessert Recipes

Sticky Sourdough Buns

These are super light and fluffy sourdough sticky buns with a cinnamon filling and a sticky walnut caramel coating.

They’re essentially sourdough cinnamon rolls but with the crunch of nuts and without the need for cream cheese frosting!

dough pinwheels on top of walnuts

Sourdough Chocolate Cake

A decadent chocolate cake with sourdough starter. Filled with creamy chocolate buttercream and topped with a rich chocolate ganache.

This recipe uses sourdough discard, with the option to ferment the batter overnight before baking.

sourdough chocolate cake slice with fork

Sourdough Peach Cobbler (with Flaky Sourdough Biscuits)

This sourdough peach cobbler features sweet and jammy peaches topped with tender, buttery sourdough biscuits. This is a sourdough discard starter recipe.

The flaky sourdough biscuits are so flaky and tender thanks to butter and the acid in the starter.

a cast iron pan with cobbler

Sourdough Danish Pastries

Delicious and flaky sourdough danish pastries leavened with butter and sourdough starter.

Top them with sweetened lemony cream cheese and berries, or vanilla custard and peach slices.

The recipe will walk you through all the steps needed to perfect your sourdough pastry lamination.

sourdough pastries.

Sourdough Lemon & Blueberry Scones.

These sourdough lemon and blueberry scones are so soft and tender, filled with juicy plump blueberries, lemon zest, and topped with lemon glaze.

This recipe uses a sourdough discard starter which helps give them an extra tender crumb. Use fresh or frozen blueberries, or sub for a different berry entirely!

sourdough scones

And here is an extra bonus, number 6!

Bonus – 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.

side view of unwrapped muffin.

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