Are you also so excited by baking sourdough? Then you know that in principle you should always throw away some of your starter when you feed it. Shame? Not if you reuse your leftover sourdough starter and transform it into one of these treats.
About sourdough starter
Sourdough starter is a fermented substance based on water and flour. Where with normal bread you use yeast to make the bread rise, you replace it with the starter with sourdough bread.
You have to feed them regularly with water and flour every time. At each feeding, it is recommended that you throw out half of your starter before adding the fresh ingredients. This ensures a healthier balance in the fermentation culture and improves the quality of your bread. But what do you do with those leftover starters? Spoiler: don’t really throw them away!
You can do this with leftover sourdough starter
You can do a lot of tasty things with leftover sourdough starter. Tip: always pour the starter leftovers into a large glass jar in the refrigerator and use these leftovers for one of these recipes:
1. Flatbreads with leftover sourdough starter
Perhaps one of the nicest uses of sourdough starter: flatbread. By mixing water, olive oil, Greek yogurt and the leftover starter, a dough is created that is perfect for flatbread. Bake that in a pan and you have incredibly tasty sandwiches, perfect for your favorite Indian curry. Here’s a good recipe for flatbread with leftover sourdough starter .
2. (Chocolate) cake
Not a fan of sugary sweet cakes? Using leftover sourdough starter will give your cake a slightly more mature taste, thanks to the fermentation. That is super delicious, especially if you go for a creamy one with a lot of chocolate, like here .
3. Scones with leftover sourdough starter
Scones are traditionally made with buttermilk, but you might as well replace the latter with leftover starter. The result is just as tasty as a regular scone, and maybe even tastier… Read a good recipe here .
Pancakes that you make from leftovers that you would normally throw away: if that isn’t a fantastic concept, we don’t know what is. Make the pancakes according to this recipe , finish them with some berries, maple syrup and powdered sugar and you are the happiest person on earth.
5. Fish & Chips batter
You can wake us up at night for it: homemade fish & chips. For this dish, you dip fish in a batter that is then deep fried. And you guessed it: leftovers of sourdough starter are perfect for making such a batter. And of course that principle does not only apply to fish & chips, but to just about every fish and all vegetables. A basic recipe for such a batter can be found here.