Five scrumptious things to bake with a sourdough starter besides bread

Think waffles, cakes and more

06 May 2020 - 10:02 By AFP Relaxnews
Sourdough can also be used to make waffles.
Sourdough can also be used to make waffles.
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First South Africa went bananas over banana bread, now it seems homemade sourdough is the trendiest bake to try your hand at during lockdown.

If you have spent the last couple weeks perfecting the art of making this artisanal bread and are ready for a new challenge, there are plenty of other recipes you can make using that sourdough starter you've been lovingly nurturing.

Try these ideas:

BRIOCHE

Wouldn't it be nice to enjoy that wonderfully moist texture and slightly tangy taste in a morning slice of brioche? Your sourdough starter offers the perfect solution with no need for the substandard baking yeast that people so often use. Now all you have to do is find the right ratio of flour and sugar. 

CRUMPETS

To feed a sourdough starter, every day you have to replace part of its weight with fresh flour and water. The question is what to do with the gooey dough that you have removed from the starter, which is perfectly fine for baking.

One idea is to include it in a preparation for crumpets. Similarly, it can also be put to good use in pancakes, Moroccan baghrirs, blinis and French crepes. 

WAFFLES

When the lockdown began, French baker Philippe Conticini revealed the secret of perfectly textured waffles, which are like a childhood dream come true. Once again, it is sourdough that makes biting into a Liège waffle a unique experience. Just think of what a hot waffle iron does to all of those carefully cultivated bacteria. 

A CAKE OR COOKIES

Yes, you can even make a cake with a little homemade sourdough, or with the excess dough that you had to replace when refreshing your starter. Nothing is lost, everything can be put to good use.

Fermentation specialist Marie-Claire Frédéric, the author of the blog Nicrunicuit, recommends a rule of thumb for choosing a recipe well suited to your dough: use liquid dough in gooey recipes and thicker dough for firmer textures. 

BURGER BUNS

As you have probably concluded by now, sourdough can be used in virtually any baking project involving a raising agent. So it comes as no surprise that it can also contribute a beautiful dome shape to homemade burger buns. If you want to add an extra tang to the taste, consider mixing in a little buttermilk.