I have been trying to make a sourdough start forever. Literally, I think it’s been two years since I first tried to make my own sourdough starter. When I first started this journey, I thought it would be super easy. I mean seriously, how hard can it be to grow some yeast in a jar?
Boy was I wrong.
The first sourdough starter I made somehow molded in the jar within three days. I still have no idea why this happened.
The second time I tried to make a sourdough starter, it was way too liquidy, and no matter how I tried to add in more flour to balance it out, it didn’t work.
After that, I gave up for awhile. I realized it was way too much work, and I was so discouraged from my previous attempts that I gave it up as futile and went back to making my super easy (and super delicious) dutch oven bread.
I purchased a book on homesteading cooking skills (like how to cut apart a chicken, quarter a pig, and other super exciting things like that) and within this book was a ridiculously simple way to make a sourdough starter.
Well, by this point my optimism meter had somewhat replenished and I thought, what the heck, I’ll give it a try.
And it worked!
So now, I have this beautiful sourdough starter living in my fridge, and no recipes to use it on!
I reached out to my fellow blogging mommas for their help, and I have compiled their best sourdough starter recipes to share with you. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!!
Fluffy Sourdough Pancakes
Oh my word, don’t these pancakes look delicious?! (Seriously, I saw this photo and my mouth immediately started to water).
Well, let me tell you, these pancakes are just as delicious as this great photo makes them look.
And they’re super easy to make.
What’s not to love??
Check out the recipe on The Soccer Mom Blog to make your own.
Blueberry Sourdough Muffins
I am a HUGE muffin lover. Any breakfast that I can dump everything into a bowl, mix it all together, and get it into the oven in five minutes or less is a breakfast I’m down for.
Luckily, my kids love muffins too (although for totally different reasons 😂).
This muffin recipe is delicious and nutritious, and they are like typical muffins and pretty easy to make.
Head over to the Picky Eater blog to grab the full recipe.
Chocolate Sourdough Bread
When Renae from The Feathered Nester sent me over this recipe from her blog, I was like, say what?!
Chocolate … bread???
A (large) part of me was super excited because seriously, who doesn’t love chocolate. And I love bread, so this was the perfect union I needed in my life.
But I was also skeptical. I’ve never seen chocolate bread before. Would it be any good?
Well, let me tell you.
After making this bread, I can tell you it is just as delicious as the kid inside of me hoped it would be. And my actual kids loved it.
To get the recipe to make your own loaf, head on over to Renae’s blog.
Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls
I don’t make cinnamon rolls that often because most of the recipes that I have found require a few hours of resting time for the dough, and by the time the rolls are actually ready to eat, it’s lunch time and my kids are starting to gnaw on each other’s legs.
That being said, I was so glad when the mom behind Simply Scratch Made sent me over this recipe!
The dough is mixed and allowed to rest overnight which means that I can whip these rolls up pretty quickly the next morning.
After making these cinnamon rolls, I can say that my family loves them (they were inhaled and disappeared in approximately sixty seconds), and I think your family will too.
Let me tell you something about bagels.
I was born and raised in New York (which if you don’t know, is the bagel capital of the US), and so I grew up on delicious bagels. Just the perfect amount of chewy, melt in your mouth deliciousness.
When my husband and I moved our family out to Nevada, I had a very rude awakening. Out here in the middle of the desert, you CANNOT find a good bagel (or really any good food).
For the past two years, I have tried countless bagel recipes trying to recreate the beloved bagels of my childhood. I did manage to find one that I kind of liked, but the effort required to make those bagels persuaded me that it wasn’t worth the effort.
Enter this recipe from Simple Scratch Made.
O… M… G… these bagels are DELICIOUS! And they’re pretty easy to make, so they are now a new favorite in my house.
Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies
Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies??
(If you don’t, you’re weird and should probably be shunned 😂)
These cookies require a little more effort than your standard cookie recipe, but they are definitely worth the extra effort.
Check out the recipe on Emily’s blog.
Sourdough Pull Apart Monkey Bread
My kids absolutely love monkey bread, but I don’t usually make it because it’s loaded with sugar and not so great things.
What I love about this recipe is that it uses some of my sourdough, so at least they’re getting some nutrition when eating it.
Plus, it tastes delicious.
Get the recipe from A Quaint Life blog.
Double Chocolate Pumpkin Sourdough Muffins
Chocolate and pumpkin combined in a sourdough muffin??
When Jamie sent me over this recipe from her blog, I was in heaven.
And they’re healthy!!
These muffins are now on constant rotation in my kitchen.
To get your recipe and start making them up for your kids, check out Jamie’s blog.
Old-Fashioned Sourdough Biscuits
I love to make biscuits for dinner, especially when we’re having a melt-in-your-mouth pot roast with some homemade gravy – that just begs for homemade biscuits.
When Sarita sent me over this recipe from her blog An Off Grid Life, I was super excited.
I gave them a try as soon as I had a chance, and I was not disappointed.
If you love homemade biscuits, definitely head over to Sarita’s blog and grab her recipe.
Easy Soft Sourdough Pretzels
My family and I love pretzels, but we usually don’t make them too often because they are pretty labor intensive.
I gave this recipe a try from Anja’s blog, and let me tell you, it was totally worth the effort! They were delicious and soft, and were gone in about thirty seconds.
If you’re looking for a great pretzel recipe, look no further.
Sourdough Discard Oatmeal Cookies
I love to make oatmeal cookies when I’m craving a sweet treat that’s secretly healthy.
I also love making these for my kids, because any day I can sneak a little extra nutrition into their diets is a good day.
This recipe is super simple to make and the cookies are delicious. I highly recommend you make a batch for yourself the next time you’re craving that sweet yet healthy treat.
Cinnamon Sourdough Muffins
I absolutely LOVE cinnamon.
I have been adding it to pretty much everything I bake since I was a kid.
Then (as a much older, and slightly plumper – hey after 4 kids who isn’t 🤷♀️ – adult) I found out that cinnamon can boost your metabolism.
So, wait, your telling me that this delicious spice can actually help me get skinnier??
Yep, that’s exactly what I’m saying.
Needless to say, when the mom behind Two Pink Peonies sent me over this recipe for cinnamon sourdough muffins, I was sold.
After I tried the recipe, I immediately added them into my weekly rotation, because they are DELICIOUS.
Go grab the recipe and whip up a batch for yourself.
Easy Honey Wheat Sourdough Sandwich Bread
My family goes through bread like there is no tomorrow, and I love this recipe because it combines the great nutritional benefit of sourdough with the amazingness of honey.
After making my first two loaves of this recipe, I knew there was no turning back.
To get the recipe and start making your own loaves, head on over to Rachael’s blog.
And those are the top sourdough recipes I definitely urge you to try! If you’re like me and have a sourdough starter growing in your fridge, don’t let it go to waste.