13 Favorite Sourdough Recipes
I made my first (and only) sourdough starter in June 2013 and Bertha is still going strong today! Sourdough has become a staple in our house, and we absolutely LOVE it! In fact, I rarely, if ever, buy store-bought bread. I allot one day a week (at least) for baking sourdough bread–and we certainly have our favorite recipes. Picking my 13 Favorite Sourdough Recipes proved quite difficult, but I finally settled on a Baker’s Dozen!
(Post modified on 1/5/23.)
After nearly eight years of working with sourdough, I have tried my hand at many recipes. Some I’ve made a lot, and some not so much. This past year, I’ve tried a handful of new ones that we love. But trust me, you’ll only find my tried-and-true recipes listed below.
I have so many favorite sourdough recipes that I’ve modified this post to feature sourdough recipes that have active or “fed” starters. Watch for another post in the near future that will feature my favorite “unfed” or discard recipes. See my complete list of Sourdough Recipes HERE.
#1 – TANGY SOURDOUGH BREAD
I make this recipe every week for two loaves. One for eating, and one for the freezer or to take to church potluck dinners. I’ve also been known to give these loaves as gifts. This is by far, our staple sourdough recipe that we never tire of. Especially when it comes straight from the oven. Yum!
#2 – MULTI-GRAIN SOURDOUGH LOAVES
This is another main recipe that I make each week, which I call our breakfast bread, as I serve it toasted nearly every morning with bacon and eggs. It would certainly make good sandwich bread, too, however.
#3 – SOURDOUGH WHOLE-WHEAT BAGELS
Who doesn’t love homemade bagels? This is a great recipe to use with your sourdough discard. I like adding whole-wheat flour for a little extra nutritional value, but also, just because I like the flavor of whole-wheat products. Smear with cream cheese. Oh yeah.
#4 – SOURDOUGH ENGLISH MUFFINS
This is another discard recipe (or you can use your fed sourdough starter for a higher rise). This recipe will make up to 24 muffins, depending on the size you make. I like to keep a few out for enjoying and freeze the remainder to use as desired. My favorite way to use these English muffins is for a breakfast egg sandwich, but they are also delicious with butter and jam. Yum!
#5 – ROSEMARY-GARLIC SOURDOUGH FLATBREAD
I love making this flatbread in the spring and summer months, when we tend to eat a little bit lighter evening meals. This is perfect served with a salad. Or simply by itself. The rosemary and garlic place this bread high on my list of favorites!
#6 – ARTISAN SOURDOUGH PIZZA DOUGH
This Artisan Sourdough Pizza Dough is one of the best recipes I’ve worked with to date, especially if you’re going for that charred crispy edge, puffy crust, and a simple topping. Flavored with a touch of onion and garlic, and a homemade chunky sauce, I think you’re going to love this one.
# 7 – RUSTIC SOURDOUGH BAGUETTES
If you’ve never tried making baguettes, I encourage you to try this recipe. It’s perfect for Italian dinners when you want a hard, crusty bread to sop up some juices. Hard and crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. This recipe makes 4 small baguettes. Unlike most of my other sourdough recipes, this one is best eaten the day you make it. Otherwise, freeze it and warm up as needed.
#8 – SOURDOUGH CINNAMON ROLLS
Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls are perfect for a weekend with family or to give to those you love. Bake them in two round cake pans–one for your family and the other for a friend. The Sourdough compliments the cinnamon sugar filling so well, plus, they will stay fresher longer because of the sourdough.
#9 – SOURDOUGH CINNAMON-SWIRL RAISIN BREAD
This is one of my latest sourdough recipes that I’ve been working on. And I have to admit that it’s quickly gaining as one of my top 3 sourdough recipes. We love this bread toasted for a morning or afternoon snack. Slice it very thin for a chicken tea sandwich. It’s not only pretty with it’s cinnamon swirls, but it’s delicious!
#10 – SOURDOUGH PRETZELS WITH MUSTARD DIP
Just because this is listed as #10 on my list, does not mean it’s not a favorite. We love homemade pretzels. When I make these, I’m almost sure to have a family member stop by to enjoy them with us! Dipped in the tangy mustard dip, they have been known to ruin a person’s supper. They are so good!
#11 – SOURDOUGH BREAD BOWLS
Okay, this is getting harder and harder as I close in on the end of my top sourdough recipes. Bread bowls is another new recipe that I tried that we really enjoy eating with creamy soups. This recipe is technically a branch off from my tangy sourdough bread. I simply divide it into 8 pieces rather than 2, and then I top it off with an egg wash and some seeds on the top.
#12 – SOURDOUGH PUFF PASTRY
This is a new recipe I tried this year that I love. It’s not only great for desserts and appetizers, but also for topping pot pies or even for making Beef or Elk Wellington! Just a little tweaking and you can make Sourdough Chocolate Croissants. I was amazed at how easy it is, AND how well the tanginess of the sourdough compliments the dough. Time-consuming, yes. But so worth it!
#13 – And for a full Baker’s Dozen, SOURDOUGH DINNER ROLLS
Sourdough Dinner Rolls are so light and delicious. You’ll want to make them every week!
If you haven’t done so already, I hope this post will tempt you to try making some of my favorite sourdough recipes. It was rather difficult to limit this list to a Baker’s Dozen! See even more Sourdough Recipes Here.