Use up your discarded starter in these quick and easy  Sourdough Biscuits. Buttery, flaky and full of flavor, these are made with sour cream and scallions. Vegan adaptable with a video!

An easy recipe Sourdough Biscuits with scallions using leftover sourdough starter (or discard).This buttery biscuits can be made in 45 minutes!

If there is something”past” that needs to be seen or healed back into wholeness, it will arise in the present experience. We do not have to dig up pebbles from a streambed. ~ Dorothy Hunt 

These flaky buttery Sourdough Biscuits are studded with scallions and have the best texture and flavor. A great way to use up that sourdough discard!  If I’m being truthful they are pretty dangerous to have around, because it’s impossible not to devour them once they are made.

Sourdough Biscuits |60-second Video

So be warned!

This is for those of you who are ready to do something with your sourdough discard, or sourdough starter in addition to making the Sourdough Bread-which I keep hearing is working out for you! So happy and excited for you!

A true feat! Hooray!

An easy recipe Sourdough Biscuits with scallions using leftover sourdough starter (or discard).This buttery biscuits can be made in 45 minutes!

New to sourdough starter?

Sourdough Starter is often referred to as “wild yeast”, made from flour and water and the wild yeast in the air around us,and it is typically used as the “yeast” when baking Sourdough Bread. The sourdough “discard” – the part of the starter that often goes to waste- can be used to make flavorful biscuits, waffles and pancakes.

What can you do with sourdough discard?

  1. Make Sourdough Waffles!
  2. Make Sourdough Pancakes!
  3. Make Sourdough Scones!
  4. Make Sourdough Buns!
  5. Make Sourdough Tortillas!

It starts with butter, flour, salt and baking powder. Use your fingers and break apart into uneven crumbs, no bigger than a pea.

Add scallions if you like, or chives are nice too.

Mix 3/4 cup starter with 1/2 cup sour cream.  You can also use yogurt, vegan yogurt, vegan sour cream,  or buttermilk. The sour cream really gives a lovely flavor here with the scallions- just sayin’. 🙂

Then combine into a shaggy ball.

Place onto a floured surface. Sprinkle with flour.

Knead twice- for like 2 seconds. Pat flat into a 3/4 inch rectangle. Then fold up into thirds like an envelope. Pat it down and repeat 2 times. The third time, pat the folded “envelope” into a rectangle 5 by 9 inches and about 1 1/2 inches thick.

Using a biscuit cutter, or sharp knife, cut this into 6 pieces.

Place onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake until golden, about 20 -25 minutes.

Internal temp should reach 205F.

An easy recipe Sourdough Biscuits with scallions using leftover sourdough starter (or discard).This buttery biscuits can be made in 45 minutes!

My favorite biscuit ever!!!! Flakey, flavorful and so easy.

How long can you keep sourdough discard?

Keep sourdough discard in the fridge for 7-10 days without feeding. Don’t feed the “discard” (only feed the starter that you plan to use for bread).  Use the discard up in sourdough pancakes and sourdough waffles. Yes, you can add to the discard.

 

An easy recipe Sourdough Biscuits with scallions using leftover sourdough starter (or discard).This buttery biscuits can be made in 45 minutes!

Enjoy! Such a great way to use up your sourdough starter or discard!

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An easy recipe Sourdough Biscuits with scallions using discard or leftover sourdough starter. Vegan adaptable!

Sourdough Biscuits

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: baked
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: northwest
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

An easy recipe for Sourdough Biscuits with scallions using discard or sourdough starter. These buttery biscuits can be made in 45 minutes!


Ingredients

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  • 1 1/2 cup (180g) All-Purpose Flour (or bread flour) , fluffed, spooned and leveled
  • 1 teaspoon salt (use a little less if using salted butter)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted, cold butter (or use vegan butter), cut into 1/4-inch slices. (113.5 grams) See notes!
  • 1/41/2 cup chopped scallions or chives (optional, of course)
  • 3/4 cup (170g) discard or sourdough starter, unfed
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (or sub vegan sour cream, buttermilk or yogurt)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425F
  2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, salt and baking powder.
  3. Work in the cut cold butter into the flour using your fingers until it is unevenly crumbly, with the biggest crumbs the size of peas.  Mix in the scallions if using.
  4. Place 3/4 cup starter and  1/2 cup sour cream in a bowl and mix with a fork ( it doesn’t have to be perfectly mixed together).
  5. Pour this into the flour mixture and using a fork, mix until the dough comes together into a very shaggy ball.
  6. Place the ball on a well-floured surface, sprinkle with flour and knead gently just to incorporate ( for 5 seconds- don’t over knead). Pat into a 6 x 10-inch rectangle. Fold up the sides into thirds like a tri-fold envelope and pat again into a 6 x10 inch rectangle. Fold up the sides into thirds again. Re-flour your work surface, adding more if needed.  Pat into an 8 x 5-inch rectangle about 1 1/2 inches tall. Cut into 6 equal pieces.
  7. Place on a parchment-lined sheet pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.  Check at 15-20 minutes, rotating pan if necessary. Keep baking until biscuits are beautifully golden and internal temp reaches 205F.

Notes

A friend of mine makes this with 3/4 and sometimes 1/2 the butter- and it still turns out. A little less flakey but still pretty good.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 biscuit
  • Calories: 291
  • Sugar: 0.6 g
  • Sodium: 408.5 mg
  • Fat: 18.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 11.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 27.4 g
  • Fiber: 1.1 g
  • Protein: 4.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 47.4 mg

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  1. I love this recipe. I did mine with whole milk yogurt since that’s what we had in the house and I found I needed more salt. Making my next batch now and I used the whole milk again but this time I added about 3 tbsp of hidden valley ranch mix! I would have added in cheddar shreds if I had them, but it’s basically my version of an elevated cheddar bay biscuit (sans cheddar)?? Thank you for a great recipe!

  2. I absolutely love these biscuits! They’re so easy to make and are a great addition to my pumpkin soup. I don’t typically add the scallions, but they work without them quite well.

  3. I just had a wonderful dinner AND despite being stuffed … I’m eating another biscuit. They are SOOOO good. Thank you

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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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