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10 Easy Sourdough Recipes that aren’t Bread

Many people only relate sourdough to bread baking, but sourdough can be used for so much more. I want to share with you 10 easy sourdough recipes that aren’t bread!

I’ve been making sourdough bread for years. However, it is only recently that I have started making sourdough recipes that aren’t bread.

I have found that I actually prefer these recipes over plain sourdough bread recipes.

If you are brand new to sourdough, start here: https://therosehomestead.com/how-to-make-a-sourdough-starter/

photo collage of different sourdough recipes that aren't bread

Sourdough Biscotti

This Italian cookie is delightfully crisp and one of the easiest sourdough recipes to make. Can be made with sourdough discard or active starter and makes the perfect treat after a meal!

This is one of the easiest sourdough recipes to make but will impress your family or guests!

They will think you took all day to makes these amazing little treats!

Sourdough Biscotti
This twice baked Italian cookie is mildly sweet and perfectly crunchy!
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Sourdough Chocolate Chip Muffins

These long-fermented sourdough chocolate chip muffins are an easy delicious sourdough recipe. Such a treat, you’ll forget they are actually pretty healthy!

I make muffins weekly in my kitchen to have on hand for snacks and as a quick breakfast.

Adding a little bit of chocolate makes me look even more forward to my daily muffin!

And, these are quite healthy. No granular sugar and made with freshly milled flour!

The Best Sourdough Chocolate Chip Muffins
These muffins are the best I've ever made! Sweet and delectable, you will find it hard to eat just one!
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Sourdough Focaccia

One of my favorite sourdough recipes is Focaccia. It can be used as a side dish for a meal or slice it in half and make pizzas or Italian sandwiches! Easy to make and a perfect beginner sourdough recipe!

We absolutely love this recipe! We have pizza night every Saturday and this sourdough focaccia is perfect for making hearty and delicious pizzas.

On its own it makes the most delicious bread sticks to dip in marinara sauce!

Sourdough Focaccia
An easy sourdough recipe that is quite impressive and delicious!
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focaccia in slices with fresh herbs on top

Sourdough Carrot Cake

A soft and delicious carrot cake topped with a cream cheese frosting! What’s not to love? The flavor of this sourdough carrot cake is off the charts!

With fresh shredded carrots and spice, this cake is reminiscent of my childhood.

My mom would make this for me on my birthday every year. It’s my favorite cake and this sourdough version just makes it even better!

slice of carrot cake on white plate

Sourdough Carrot Cake

Yield: 1 9x13 cake
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Sweet, moist, and comforting, this sourdough carrot cake is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup honey/maple syrup
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 2 cups flour (I use freshly milled spelt)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder

For Frosting

  • 1 package softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine starter, oil, honey/maple syrup, eggs, vanilla, and sugar. Combine well.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  4. Pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix well.
  5. Add 1 cup grated carrots and fold into mixture. Do not overmix.
  6. Grease a 9x13 baking dish and dust with a bit of flour.
  7. Pour the batter into the pan and bake in preheated oven for 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Cool on cooling rack completely before frosting.
  9. For the frosting: In a medium bowl, add the ingredients and mix with an immersion blender until creamy. A bit of milk can be added if you prefer a thinner frosting.
  10. Alternatively, you can mix the frosting in a stand mixer with a whisk attachment. Make sure the cream cheese is soft!

Notes

For a long fermentation: The night before, add the flour, oil, and starter to a bowl and mix well. Cover and allow to ferment up to 24 hours.

Proceed the next day by adding the rest of the ingredients and baking as directed above.

Wait until cake is fully cooled to add frosting.

Store at room temperature for 3-5 days. I prefer to store in the fridge with the frosting on.

This cake freezes great. Freeze the cake slices and frosting separately.

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Sourdough Chocolate Banana Bread

So, technically this is bread, I know, ha ha! But, it really eats like a cake!

We have enjoyed this chocolate banana bread so much!

An incredibly delicious and decadent sourdough chocolate banana bread. Quickly becoming one of my most popular recipes!

chocolate banana bread sliced on cutting board

Sourdough Choclate Banana Bread

Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 13 hours 5 minutes

Sweet and decadent, this sourdough chocolate banana bread will be on regular rotation!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. The night before you want to make the recipe, add the starter, oil, honey to a large mixing bowl and combine well.
  2. Add in the flour and cocoa powder and mix until combined. This will be a somewhat stiff batter.
  3. Cover and allow to ferment overnight or up to 24 hours.
  4. The next day, in a separate bowl, mash the bananas.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Add the eggs, vanilla extract, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Mix well.
  7. Using a potato masher or pastry cutter, combine the banana mixture into the flour mixture from the night before by pouring the banana mixture into the flour mixture bowl and mashing the 2 together until combined. It may take a couple of minutes, but, it will come together.
  8. Prepare a loaf pan by adding a piece of parchment paper in the bottom and spraying with olive oil.
  9. Pour the batter into the pan.
  10. Bake for one hour or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  11. Cool on a cooling rack.
  12. Store at room temperature for 3-5 days.
  13. Alternatively, you can cool the loaf completely and freeze for up to 6 months.

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Sourdough Ravioli

This recipe is one of my favorites! Soft pillow pockets of sourdough pasta packed with a ricotta cheese filling!

I use my sourdough pasta recipe and roll it out with a pasta roller into sheets.

The filling goes in and they are cut out for cooking.

It’s a fun and rewarding project in the kitchen that would be perfect for a pasta night where the kids help out. They will love this cooking project!

dish of ravioli

Sourdough Ravioli

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 10 minutes

Soft pockets of pasta filled with a flavorful Ricotta cheese filling.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter
  • 2-4 tablespoons water

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, add flour and pulse to fluff the flour.
  2. Add starter and turn the processor on.
  3. Add just enough water to make a crumbly mixture that holds together when pressed between your fingers.
  4. Move the mixture to a work station and knead a few minutes to make a cohesive ball of dough that is smooth.
  5. Transfer the dough to a bowl and cover.
  6. Allow to rise for at least 6 hours for fermentation.
  7. Alternatively, you can proceed to make the pasta without fermenting the dough.
  8. You can also place the dough in the fridge for up to a week before making the pasta.
  9. Divide the dough into 4 equal parts.
  10. Using a pasta roller, roll out each portion to as thin as possible. You can also roll these out with a rolling pin.
  11. Make the filling of your choice. I prefer 1 cup Ricotta cheese with 1 tsp Italian seasoning, 1 tsp salt, and 1 tsp garlic powder mixed well.
  12. Take one sheet of pasta and place 1 tbsp filling across the dough about 2-3 inches apart.
  13. Brush edges and in between the filling with egg wash or water.
  14. Place another sheet of dough on top and gently press to seal the edges and in between the filling.
  15. Using a ravioli cutter, cut in between the filling to make the ravioli shapes. You can also use a pizza cutter for this.
  16. Bring 4-5 cups of water to a boil and add 1 tbsp salt.
  17. Add the ravioli and boil for 4-5 minutes or until tender.
  18. Serve with your favorite pasta sauce.

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Sourdough Scones

A delicate biscuit like sweet treat that is incredibly easy to make! Customize this sourdough scone with any add ins you choose!

Seriously one of the easiest and tastiest sourdough recipes I have ever made.

If you like biscuits and sweet treats, you have to try these sourdough scones!

Sourdough Scones
Flaky and oh so delicious, these sourdough scones are one of our new favorite recipes!
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3 scones on a cutting board.

Sourdough Bagels

A favorite in our home, these sourdough bagels are the perfect vessel for a sandwich. Also, great topped with cream cheese!

We love to freeze these and take them out to reheat and make sandwiches.

They reheat so well and taste just as fresh as when they were first made.

2 bagels on a cutting board

Sourdough Bagels

Yield: 8 Bagels
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 35 minutes

Delicious bagels that are chewy on the inside and make the perfect sandwiches!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter
  • 1-2 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4-4 1/2 cups flour (I used exactly 4 cups)
  • 4 cups water (for boiling before baking)
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda (for boiling before baking)

Instructions

    • The night before in the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large mixing bowl, add the water, starter, honey, salt, and 3 cups of the flour and mix well.

      Continue adding enough flour to get a stiff dough. Not dry, but, not slack. Mine took 4 cups exactly.

      • Knead for 10-12 minutes or until soft and smooth.

      • Add to a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap.

      • Allow to rise at room temperature for 8-24 hours.

      • Turn the dough onto a worksurface and divide into 8 equal parts.

        Shape the dough into smooth dough balls and press your finger through the ball to make the hold, then place on a parchment lined baking sheet.

      • Cover with plastic wrap or a damp tea towel and allow to rise for 1-2 hours.

      • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

      • Bring 4 cups of water to a boil and add 2 tbsp baking soda.

      • Drop each bagel in and cook for 2 minutes on each side.

      • Place back on the baking sheet.

      • Sprinkle with everything bagel seasoning. (optional)

      • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

    Notes

    Bagel dough is very stiff. It will seem like it's too dry but that's normal.

    You can also top these with cinnamon sugar or shredded cheese for some fun variations.

    Nutrition Information
    Yield 8 Serving Size 1
    Amount Per Serving Calories 284Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 396mgCarbohydrates 60gFiber 2gSugar 1gProtein 8g

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    Sourdough Calzone

    Crisp sourdough pizza dough stuffed with pizza toppings makes for the perfect weeknight meal!

    The sourdough gives such an amazing flavor to this calzone dough!

    You can make this recipe any way you like. The variations are endless.

    A great idea would be to fill these with alfredo sauce and chicken! YUM!

    Sourdough Calzone
    Delicious pizza toppings inside a golden brown sourdough crust make for one of the best meals you'll ever have!
    Check out this recipe
    calzone cut in half on a plate

    Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

    These sourdough cinnamon rolls are the easiest to make! They are soft and oh so delicious!

    I mean who doesn’t love a cinnamon roll? They are so delicious and comforting.

    This recipe is so easy and requires only one rise making for a convenient and simple process!

    cinnamon roll on plate held by a spatula

    Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

    Yield: 14 Rolls
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Additional Time: 6 hours
    Total Time: 6 hours 25 minutes

    These are the easiest sourdough cinnamon rolls, ever!

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup sourdough starter
    • 1/2 cup milk or water
    • 1/2 cup maple syrup
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 3 1/2 to 4 1/4 cups flour
    • 1/2 cup brown suger
    • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
    • 4 tablespoons of softened butter
    • 1 cup powdered sugar (for icing)
    • 1-2 tablespoons milk (for icing)
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla (for icing)

    Instructions

    1. It the bowl of stand mixer, add milk/water, sourdough starter, maple syrup. egg, and salt. Mix well.
    2. Add 3 cups flour. Mix well.
    3. Continue adding flour 1/4 cup at a time until a soft dough forms.
    4. Knead for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
    5. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and roll out into a 16x18 inch rectangle.
    6. Spread softened butter over the dough.
    7. Pour cinnamon sugar mixture over dough.
    8. Roll dough up long side in.
    9. Cut out the rolls with a sharp knife or some string.
    10. Rolls should be 2 inches thick.
    11. Add to baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap or damp tea towel.
    12. Allow to rise for 4-6 hours until puffy and airy.
    13. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
    14. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
    15. Make icing by adding powdered sugar to a bowl and drizzling milk while stirring until a thick icing forms.
    16. Pour icing over the warm rolls.
    Nutrition Information
    Yield 14 Serving Size 1
    Amount Per Serving Calories 715Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 14mgSodium 184mgCarbohydrates 153gFiber 6gSugar 22gProtein 18g

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