Beyond the Loaf: The Many Uses of Sourdough
The nutritious, tangy and delightfully flavored loaves of bread are reason enough to keep a sourdough culture in your kitchen. But the truth is, there’s much more sourdough starter can be used for than bread.
Many of the quick breads, normally leavened with baking soda and baking powder, can use sourdough starter as part of the leavening, perhaps in combination with a bit of baking soda. The acidity of the sourdough culture will react with the baking soda to create the rise we normally find in these baked goods. The bonus is that the sourdough will help to break down the anti-nutrients in the process!
It has been said that the pioneers survived on sourdoughed wheat, most likely in the form of pancakes. As they stopped along the trail on their way out west they would cook over an open fire, most likely with their sourdough starter and sack of flour at their side.
Try these sourdough pancakes for an overnight recipe where you can add your sourdough starter to flour and water. Or, if you’d like to skip the overnight step try these delicious fluffy sourdough pancakes which you can make in a large cast-iron skillet.
Almost everyone loves the convenience and flavor of tortillas. You can stuff them with just about anything, but the store-bought varieties are usually stuffed with all sorts of nasty ingredients. Try these homemade sourdough tortillas as a healthy, homemade alternative.
Buttery, crunchy, and salty - everything you are looking for in a cracker. The homemade version is even better when made with your sourdough culture.
Many people aren’t aware that sourdough can lend itself to the sweet as well as the savory. The tang of sourdough can actually really play up the sweet flavors often found in cakes and other sweets. Like this sourdough chocolate cake, this pumpkin maple sourdough cake, or this slightly more indulgent sourdough coffee cake.
Muffins make an excellent addition to breakfasts or can stand alone as a quick snack. Making them with sourdough can create a tender muffin without the need for store-bought buttermilk.
Try these cinnamon sourdough muffins which utilize both the acidic sourdough culture and baking soda as leavening agents. Alternatively, use sourdough as the stand-alone leavening with these design-your-own sourdough muffins.
The elusive pie crust can now be made with the addition of your sourdough starter to make it easier to digest in this sourdough pie crust recipe.
You read that right, you can use your sourdough culture to create a homemade, delicious, traditional doughnut. Make it with the addition of buckwheat flour to make it just a little different.
Other (Random) Uses For Your Starter
When you have too much starter to use in the above recipes or are simply aren’t up to baking then you might consider using your “throw away” portion of the starter for these things: