Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Sourdough Discard Biscuits Recipe

Looking for sourdough discard recipes?  Try these fluffy sourdough biscuits.  They are easy to make, and they bake beautifully for breakfast or dinner.  With just a few simple ingredients, you can have easy sourdough biscuits in less than half an hour.

Sourdough Biscuits Recipe

Sourdough is thought to have originated in about 3,000 BC in ancient Egypt. It uses wild yeast and good bacteria to raise the dough, giving it its distinct flavor.

If you make sourdough bread, then you'll have a lot of starter.  You can use it to make sourdough biscuits so you don't have to toss it.

Don't have your own sourdough starter?  You can learn how to make sourdough starter recipe with just flour and water.

For more sourdough discard recipes, try one of these recipes:

Ingredients for Fluffy Sourdough Biscuits

I like this sourdough discard biscuit recipe because it uses ingredients that I always have in my pantry.  Although I do freeze dry buttermilk, I'd rather save that for other recipes or for soaking chicken or fish and not using it for biscuits.

Sourdough Discard.  You will need 2 cups of sourdough discard to make biscuits.  If you don't have any starter, you can buy a dehydrated sourdough starter or a ready made starter.

Flour.  I use all purpose flour.  I don't recommend using wheat flour or other flour because it will change the texture of the biscuits.

Baking Powder.  Even with the yeast and bacteria, you'll need some baking powder for leavening.

Baking SodaBaking soda is also used for leavening.

Butter.  I use salted butter.  The better the quality, the better the biscuits.

Want to learn how to make sourdough starter?  Download my free printable with step by step direction.

Flavorful Additions

You can add some extra ingredients to change the flavor of your sourdough biscuits.  I haven't tried all of these, but you can experiment for the amounts.

  • Add fresh or dried herbs like thyme, rosemary, or chives to your biscuit dough.
  • Add about a cup of shredded cheddar or Parmesan cheese to the dough.
  • Combine fresh minced garlic to the dough.  This would also be good with cheese.
  • Add a tablespoon of honey or maple syrup for a sweet biscuit.
  • Add chopped pecans or walnuts for a breakfast biscuit.  This would also be good with maple syrup.
  • Add a tablespoon or so of citrus zest.
  • For savory biscuits, add poppy seeds or sesame seeds.  
  • Add cooked bacon or real bacon bits to the dough before cooking.  This would be really good with cheddar cheese.
  • Add finely chopped sun dried tomatoes or sun dried tomato paste.

How to Store Sourdough Biscuits

Store leftover biscuits in an airtight container for up to a week.  You don't need to refrigerate them.  I heat mine in the microwave for about 10 seconds to soften them.

Sourdough Biscuits Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons for dusting
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 sticks salted butter
  • 2 cups sourdough discard

How to Make Sourdough Discard Biscuits Recipe

Step #1

Shred the butter with a box grater.

Step #2

Combine the shredded butter with 2 cups of all purpose flour, baking soda, and baking powder.  Mix with hands until the butter is pea sized and mixed with the flour.

Step #3

Add the sourdough discard and mix with your hands until it forms a sticky dough.

Step #4

Lightly flour your counter.  Roll the dough out to 1/2 inch thick.

Step #5

Use a round cookie cutter or turn over a wide mouth mason jar to cut circles into the dough.  You can re roll the excess dough to 1/2 inch and make more biscuits.  Repeat as needed.

Step #6

Place the biscuit dough onto a greased cookie sheet.  Space them 1 inch apart.  Bake at 450 degrees F for 16 minutes until the tops are golden brown.

Let them cool and enjoy!  I like to eat mine with my low sugar strawberry jam recipe or with my homemade butter.

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