Sourdough Discard Brownies

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sourdough discard brownies

Don’t ditch your discard, make these Sourdough Discard Brownies instead! These ultra tender brownies get an irresistible tang from the discard, but the real star of the recipe is Sunnyland Farms Georgia Pecan Halves. Folded into the batter and sprinkled on top halfway through baking, Sunnyland’s premium Georgia-grown pecans add addictive crunch and nuttiness to every slice. You’ll come for the sourdough, and stay for the rich pecans. 

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Sourdough Discard Brownies
Makes about 12 brownies
  • 1 cup (170 grams) 63% cacao extra-dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup (227 grams) unsalted butter
  • 1½ cups (300 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (220 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup (125 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup (64 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons (6 grams) kosher salt
  • 5 large eggs (250 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon (13 grams) vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (251 grams) sourdough starter discard, room temperature
  • 1¼ cups (256 grams) chopped 66% cacao dark chocolate, divided
  • 1¼ cups (141 grams) chopped toasted pecans*, divided
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a 13x9-inch baking pan with parchment paper, letting excess extend over sides of pan.
  2. In the top of a double boiler, combine chocolate chips and butter. Cook over simmering water, stirring occasionally, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Turn off heat, and whisk in sugars. Remove from heat, and let cool for 15 minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, and salt. Set aside.
  4. Add eggs to chocolate mixture, whisking until combined. Whisk in vanilla. Fold flour mixture into chocolate mixture until only a few bits of flour remain. Fold in sourdough discard until well combined. Fold in 1 cup (170 grams) chopped chocolate and 1 cup (113 grams) pecans. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  5. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with a few crumbs, about 38 minutes. Remove from oven, and sprinkle with remaining ½ cup (85 grams) chopped chocolate and remaining ¼ cup (28 grams) pecans. Bake until chocolate is melted, about 2 minutes more. Let cool completely in pan. Using excess parchment as handles, remove from pan, and cut into squares.
*We used Sunnyland Farms Georgia Pecan Halves.


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  1. This make A LOT of brownies!!! Next time I’ll try reducing by half. Thanks for the grams conversion. Wish the brownies were a little darker in color. Tastes great.

  2. […] When you get sucked into the powerful world of sourdough and bread making, there is no telling  how far you’ll go!! Once you start with your starter, haha, it’s hard to stop and  experimentations, recipe testing,  tip exchanges and “sourdough discards” will become your daily obsession!! Why waste a perfectly usable part of your starter just because you must discard some of it when you feed it? Well here come some discard recipes to the rescue; this one is for Brownies and is found in Bake From Scratch. […]

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