Sourdough discard herbed crackers

The sourdough starter train is well on its way. Just about everyone and Jake Gyllenhal have been testing out this natural leavening process and I am all for it! More sourdough for the masses y’all. If you’ve been enjoying naming, feeding, and keeping your starter child alive, then you’ve also been up to your elbows in an excess of sourdough starter discard. A lot of recipes simply state to toss that goopy gold but there is a seemingly infinite number of recipes available to help you repurpose your leftover starter. I for one, love seeing the creativity of home cooks, and am enjoying testing out new discard recipes. (We added it into this carrot cake banana bread with amazing results!) I’m a big fan of these sourdough discard herbed crackers! They’re an excellent way to use up leftover starter and are easily customized with whatever herbs you have handy. They’re honestly too good–how have we gone through a full container of these in a day? With no judgement, that’s how.

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Sourdough Discard Herbed Crackers
Sourdough Discard

I love infusing baked goods with savory, herbaceous flavors. Especially as spring rolls around. It’s a great way to extend the life of your produce and get some extra green in your life. For this recipe I halved my dough and used dried rosemary for one and fresh dill for the other. Both make for a lovely, crispy herbed cracker and would be equally delicious with basil, thyme, herbs de provence, carrot tops, celery leaf, or whatever you want to get wild with. Top with a nice flaky sea salt and you are in business! The sourdough discard adds a subtle tang that complements most herbs well. The more mature your starter, the tangier the cracker. I’ve found this recipe works well with just about any age of starter and most flour combinations. And there’s only 30 minutes of chill time! No rising. There’s a chance you’ll be feeding that starter just for the discard herbed crackers. Not quite to sourdough yet? Try out our cast iron skillet bread or homemade vegan no yeast bread.

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Hawnuh Lee
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These crackers are an excellent way to use up leftover starter and are easily customized with whatever herbs you have handy!

makes: approx 12 servings | prep time: 5 min | chill time: 30 minutes | cook time: 12 min | total time: 17 min

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  • 1 cup approx sourdough starter discard
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup spelt flour (or sub more all purpose)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp approx dried herbs or 1/3 cup chopped fresh herbs (I’ve used rosemary and dill)
  • flaky sea salt for topping


  1. In large mixing bowl add sourdough discard, flour, olive oil and salt. Stir until thoroughly combined. Continue to fold dough over on itself, “kneading light” for 3 – 4 minutes until dough has a well formed consistency with no loose flour. Should hold its shape firmly.
  2. Cover and chill dough for 30 minutes, up to 24 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. Remove dough from fridge. Add herbs of choice into the bowl and fold dough over on itself several times to combine. Shape dough into a ball and cut into quarters, roll each of those quarters into a ball and divide in half. You should have 8 ish pieces of dough. Refrigerate half the dough until you’re ready to use.
  4. On a lightly floured, smooth surface roll out each of your pieces of dough as thin as you can, think approx 1/8th of an inch. Your shapes do not have to be perfect here, aim for rectangle-like. We will break our baked crackers into smaller pieces once they’ve cooked. Peel dough carefully off surface and place onto ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle flaky sea salt atop each piece generously.
  5. Bake 12 – 14 minutes, until edges and tops have browned slightly. Repeat with remaining dough. Let cool 5 minutes.
  6. Enjoy! These last about 4 – 5 days in an airtight container.
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