Sourdough discard focaccia

I’m always looking for sourdough discard recipes. This one caught my eye and produced the most beautiful, fluffy focaccia. Both my husband and I rated this 5 out of 5 stars!

sourdough discard focaccia

For those who celebrate Christmas, Merry Christmas! I am fortunate enough to be spending it with my (fully vaccinated and boostered-up) family. Even our Addie is fully vaccinated, so that makes me feel better about her safety.

I have been doing my best to keep my sourdough starter alive and making sure I do a better job feeding him. In doing so, I am trying to find some recipes for the sourdough discard. While doing a simple Google search, I came across this recipe for a focaccia. Over Thanksgiving, one of our family friends gifted us with fresh rosemary from his garden. I wanted to highlight the ingredient so a focaccia seemed like a natural solution.

sourdough discard focaccia

There were so many things that I loved about this recipe. First, it was no-fuss, so all I needed to do was form the dough, let it rest, spread it out, and let it rest again. Second, it used a lot of sourdough starter (170 grams!). And lastly but most importantly, the focaccia was among the best I’ve ever had. The top was nice and crispy, and the inside was light and fluffy. We dipped our focaccia in both marinara and pesto and enjoyed stuffing our faces with the bread.

sourdough discard focaccia

The leftovers reheated well too. I cut the focaccia into individual serving portions and wrapped them individually in aluminum foil and sealed them in a zip-top bag. Then I reheated it in the oven (350 degrees F) for 10 minutes, and it was perfect. The bread hardly lost any moisture overnight and still tasted fresh the next day.

sourdough discard focaccia

I recommend topping this with a generous amount of flaky salt on top. My focaccia did include salt in the dough, but it didn’t feel like it was enough for me. Regardless, I still gave this a rating of 5 out of 5, which is quite a rarity here on Eva Bakes.

Happy Holidays and Happy Baking!

Husband’s rating: 5 out of 5
Addie’s rating: 4 out of 5
My rating: 5 out of 5

Sourdough discard focaccia

Got too much sourdough discard and need a new recipe? Then try this focaccia!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Rising time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 45 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Bread, Savory
Servings: 12
Author: Eva Bakes

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces (170 grams) sourdough starter discard active or inactive
  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast can omit this if you are using an active starter discard
  • 1 cup (120 grams) all-purpose flour can use white whole wheat
  • 1 and ¾ cups (225 grams) bread flour can use all-purpose
  • 1 and ¼ cups (285 millileters) lukewarm water
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup (55 millileters) extra virgin olive oil I did not use as much - I used closer to 4 Tablespoons
  • ¼ teaspoon flaky sea salt

Instructions

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine the sourdough discard, yeast, water, and flours together on low speed. Once the dough starts to come together, increase the speed to medium.
  • Add the salt and mix well.
  • Add more flour as needed in case your dough is too wet. You want to achieve a smooth and elastic dough that isn't sticky (it should not stick to your fingers).
  • Cover the dough with plastic wrap and allow it to double in size, about 1-2 hours.
  • Line a 9"x12" pan with parchment paper. Then drizzle the olive oil on the parchment paper and up the sides of the pan (I only used about 2 Tablespoons of a flavored olive oil for this).
  • Transfer the dough onto your prepared baking pan and gently massage it so it mostly fits into the pan. You may have some trouble getting into the corners, but get it as close as you can.
  • Using your finger, push down on top of the dough so it forms a dimple. Do this across the dough so you have rows of dimples on top of the bread. Sprinkle on another 1-2 Tablespoons of olive oil and cover the dough again and allow to double in size, another 1 hour.
  • Preheat your oven to 500°F. Top your focaccia with the flaky sea salt and place your focaccia in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Lower the oven temperature to 450°F and rotate your pan and bake for an additional 5-15 minutes or until the focaccia is golden brown and the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan.
  • Allow the focaccia to cool before slicing and serving.

Notes

Leftover focaccia should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature and will last several days. I recommend reheating the focaccia in the oven, with individual pieces wrapped fully in aluminum foil.
Source: The Bojon Gourmet

12 Comments

  1. Kelly
    April 11, 2022 / 4:58 pm

    Would it be possible to let the dough rise longer (say overnight) or would that ruin the recipe?

    • evabakes
      Author
      April 11, 2022 / 6:51 pm

      I haven’t tried that but think it would work. Just let the dough come to room temperature before you bake it.

      • Julie
        April 15, 2022 / 2:27 pm

        I did an overnight proof in the fridge, then let it come come to temperature a couple hours on the corner before shaping. It turned out beautifully.

        • evabakes
          Author
          April 15, 2022 / 8:05 pm

          Yay – glad it worked!

  2. Carly
    April 14, 2022 / 8:26 pm

    Just a heads up, you didn’t note where in the process to add the 2 tsp of salt. I assumed with the rest of the ingredients to the mixer bowl, but it’s not listed. Maybe a quick edit?

    • evabakes
      Author
      April 15, 2022 / 11:20 am

      Thank you for noticing the omission! I’ve corrected it.

  3. Pratima
    May 31, 2022 / 10:58 am

    Nice recipe! When do you add toppings?

    • evabakes
      Author
      May 31, 2022 / 2:29 pm

      I added them prior to baking

  4. June 23, 2022 / 6:41 pm

    This is one of the best things I’ve ever made. In my whole life….. I will be 62 in September. I added rosemary and used garlic EVOO. oh my goodness! It is phenomenal.

    • evabakes
      Author
      June 23, 2022 / 8:16 pm

      Oooh – I love the addition of garlic and Rosemary. I might have to try that next time! I’m so thrilled you loved this, Christine!

  5. Sara
    July 21, 2022 / 10:39 pm

    This was fantastic! I actually ended up turning it into garlic bread. I sprinkled the top with flaked salt and garlic powder, baked it for 15 min, then topped it with mozzarella cheese and baked it for just under 10 min. It was gone in the blink of an eye! Totally addicting! 🤗

    • evabakes
      Author
      July 21, 2022 / 11:01 pm

      What a great idea, Sara! I will have to try this the next time!

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