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sourdough discard orange quick bread

Easy Sourdough Discard Orange Quick Bread

  • Author: Regan Jones, RD
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 1 loaf


The perfect recipe to brighten someone’s day. This easy sourdough discard bread recipe makes TWO loaves, so you have one to keep and one to share with a friend.


  • Cooking spray
  • 2 1/2 (300 g) cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (315 g) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) olive oil
  • 1/2 cup (135 g) sourdough starter discard *
  • 3/4 cup (150 g) sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/2 cup (120 g) orange juice
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons orange juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 2 (8-inch) loaf pans with cooking spray or line each with a piece of parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together sugar, oil, sourdough discard, sour cream, orange zest and juice, eggs,  and vanilla. Pour wet ingredients into bowl with flour mixture; stir just until combined.
  4. Divide batter evenly into each prepared loaf pan.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Combine powdered sugar and remaining orange juice; drizzle over top of the loaf. (Store in an airtight container.)


*If you want to bake this recipe and aren’t currently nursing a sourdough starter, all you have to do is add 1/4 cup more orange juice, 1/4 cup more all-purpose flour, and omit the sourdough starter.

**This recipe would make a wonderful Christmas gift. Stir in 1/2 cup fresh cranberries to batter before baking.

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cooling Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 40 min
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American