How to use up sourdough starter

Make the most of your starter with our sourdough discard recipe ideas. Use up your starter with our low-waste suggestions for baked goods and treats.

Sourdough starter

If you don't have enough supplies for another loaf, put your sourdough starter to work with our recipes and tips. Find ways to use up starter leftovers with pancakes, crumpets and more. 

When in doubt, package it up and give to a friend with a copy of our sourdough bread recipe for a thoughtful gift.

See our sourdough recipes for more ideas.

How to use up sourdough starter



Add your sourdough starter to crumpet batter for a super light and airy texture. Try using our crumpet recipe for a fluffy, golden brown result.

See our crumpet recipes for more inspiration.


Mix starter excess with seeds and toasted, raw quinoa then pour onto a non-stick sheet. The mix should be the consistency of porridge. Spread evenly, sprinkle with salt and then bake at 200C/180C fan/gas 6 for 10-15 mins until browned and crisp. Cool and snap into pieces.


Add your starter leftovers into pancake batter for a tangy flavour and added fluffiness. Our American blueberry pancakes or these easy pancakes compliment the sourdough flavour.

Find heaps of pancake inspiration in our pancake collection.

Dusting powder

Use up your sourdough starter with this versatile dusting powder. Dry out the starter in a thin layer, then grind into a powder using a pestle and mortar. Use the powder to dust bread baskets or bread dough before scoring.


Mix your sourdough starter into a batch of scones for some added texture and flavour. It goes well with our easy fluffy scones or these savoury classic cheese scones.

See more recipes with our handy scones collection.


Take a classic childhood favourite to the next level with the addition of sourdough starter. The starter will ensure it rises and becomes super light. Try a classic toad-in-the-hole recipe or our luxurious easy cheesy mustard toad-in-the-hole with broccoli.

Find more family favourites with our toad-in-the-hole recipes.

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22nd May, 2020
I'm a bit confused by these ideas because when I follow the links there is no mention of sourdough starter. Would I just add 1 quantity of spare starter in addition to the other ingredients, or do I need to substitute it for something else? This could be explained more clearly. On a more positive note, my sourdough bread is turning out very well.
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8th Jun, 2020
Hi Rosie, Use your starter in place of the yeast in each recipe, I tend to use about 100g for batters. Minus 50g of the weight of the flour and 50g of the liquid so you are not changing the recipe too much. I'm glad to hear the bread is turning out well. I hope this helps, Lulu
6th Jun, 2020
For the crumpet recipe, do you just add (how much? And when?) Or replace something eg the yeast. Thanks
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8th Jun, 2020
Hi, I use the starter instead of the yeast. I pour 100g into a bowl and then take 50g off the amount of flour and 50g off the amount of liquid in the recipe and make the batter up. You then leave the batter to rise. I accidentally left the last lot I made for about 5 hours and it was really nice and bubbly, though it was cold in my kitchen. I hope this helps, Lulu
4th May, 2020
How much would you add to a toad in the hole batter?
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5th May, 2020
Hello, A couple of tablespoons will add flavour but any more might be overpowering if your starter is quite strong. I hope this helps. Lulu
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