Sourdough Discard Bread Machine Recipe - Using Bread Machine Start to Finish (2024)

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If you've been looking for a sourdough discard bread machine recipe, this recipe is for you! Making sourdough in a bread maker is possible with some adjustment.

This recipe is for making sourdough discard sandwich bread in a bread maker from start to finish.

If you have a bread maker, you might wonder if it's possible to make sourdough bread in it.

The short answer is - no you cannot bake "traditional sourdough" in your bread machine. However, with a few tweaks you can bake a tasty sourdough discard sandwich loaf - from start to finish - in a basic bread maker.

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Creating a Sourdough Discard Bread Machine Recipe

I have clicked on many "bread machine sourdough" recipes - only to be disappointed because they aren't really cooking the sourdough in the bread maker. They are just using the bread machine for the mixing and kneading (similar to how you'd use a stand mixer).

Now there's nothing wrong with this - I've even written this article on using your bread machine for traditional sourdough bread (it just can't handle the process from start to finish).

But as a busy mama to 3 boys, I needed to find a sourdough bread machine recipe that I could load the night before and wake up to fresh sourdough bread. Not a big ask, right?

Well, it is possible - but there are a few caveats.

A basic bread machine will not be able to bake a traditional sourdough loaf from start to finish. There are few reasons for this:

  • the settings on a basic bread maker are programmed to rise commercial yeast and they are too short for wild sourdough yeast.
  • the bread maker cannot shape and tension your dough like you can by hand.

Newer, fancier models of bread machines like this one can make sourdough bread, however it will still be a sandwich style rather than a traditional sourdough loaf.

With this mind, I set about creating a sourdough discard bread machine recipe that could be made, from start to finish in a bread maker.

All you have to do is add the ingredients and the bread maker will do the rest.

Sounds good? I promise it is tasty!

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How Is Sourdough in a Bread Maker Possible?

Now, as I explained earlier, traditional sourdough in a bread maker is not possible due to the shorter rising cycles based on commercial yeast.

So, in order to make sourdough in a bread maker, you will need to use some commercial yeast. I generally use 7g, however you can experiment and you may be able to get away with less. It's fun to experiment, right?

You still add your sourdough starter to the mixture when you load the bread maker. It's up to you whether you use fed or unfed starter (discard).

Because you are using some added dried yeast, using discard is totally ok (and in fact it's a great way to use it up).

I find this bread is a convenient way to add some sourdough goodness to a fast loaf. It's hands off - which suits me mid week when I'm juggling kids, farm life, writing and general mama duties!

Type of Bread Machine for Sourdough Bread

When developing this recipe I used a Panasonic Bread Maker. It is not fancy, just a basic bread maker with a range of settings that are unfortunately not customisable.

But I am able to make a successful sourdough discard sandwich loaf in this bread machine.

If you are interested in buying a bread machine specifically for sourdough, these two options have sourdough functions and can be programmed to suit sourdough rising cycles.

This means you would not need to use commercial yeast.

Breville BBM800XL Custom Loaf Bread Maker

Zojirushi Home Bakery Virtuoso Plus

Tips for Making Bread Machine Sourdough

Bread Machines often get a bad rap for making sub par loaves, however there are a few things you can do to ensure you get the best possible loaf of sourdough discard bread from a bread maker.

  • Add the water and other liquids into the pan first, then add dry ingredients on top. This helps ensure that the bread machine doesn't leave any flour unmixed. If there are patches of flour or unmixed dough, scrape the sides of the pan down with a silicone spatula.
  • You can use All Purpose flour for a sandwich loaf - it has a lower protein content which is perfect to achieve the texture of sandwich bread. Bread flour is perfectly fine too - but you will get a softer texture with All Purpose flour.
  • Don't be afraid to check on your dough through the process (if you're not sleeping). Open the lid! Trust me, you want to see that dough being kneaded, it's like a little monster! Don't be afraid to add extra liquid or flour if you think the dough needs it.
  • Learn your bread maker's cycle and check the shape of your dough before it rises. Don't be afraid to take the dough out and reposition it. If the dough looks too loose or like it's not going to fill the whole pan, I take it out, shape it and pop it back in.
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  • You can even add some fancy twists or score your dough once you learn your machine's timing! Run your machine a few time while you're home so you take note what functions it performs and at what time intervals during the machine's dough preparation cycle. This way you can intervene if you want/need to.
  • If you are able to (and you're not sleeping) take the paddle out of the pan before your bread bakes so you don't get the hole - unless you have this bread machine which automatically lowers the paddle for you - cool right?
  • When you take your sourdough discard loaf out of the bread machine, remove it from the pan and then place it back inside the machine, with the lid slightly ajar for air flow. This will ensure your bread maker sourdough loaf doesn't get a wrinkled crust as it cools. Never let it cool inside the pan with the lid closed.

Ingredient Variations

While this sourdough discard loaf made in a bread machine uses very basic ingredients (flour, water, salt, sugar and butter) - you can add other flavors and additions to create different loaves:

  • Honey Oat Loaf - Add 30g of honey to the ingredients (you can then leave out the sugar). Then when the bread is rising, spray the top with water and sprinkle with rolled oats.
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  • Country Grain Loaf - Add 100g of your favorite seeds to ingredients (seeds like flax, sunflower, chia, poppy, sesame and oats work really well). This will give you a light country grain loaf.
  • Whole Wheat Loaf - Swap 250g of All Purpose or Bread Flour for 250g of whole wheat flour for a soft, whole wheat sourdough sandwich loaf.

If you have got a bread machine tucked at the back of the cupboard, I hope this inspires you to get it out and try this sourdough discard bread maker recipe.

And remember, if you'd prefer to make a traditional sourdough bread with the help of your bread machine, this recipe will show you how.

The following recipe is based on my Pantry Mama Easy Sourdough Discard Sandwich Bread Recipe.

Further Reading

If you loved this recipe, you might like these ideas:

  • What is sourdough discard and how is it different to sourdough starter?
  • Have you ever thought about making sourdough pasta? You'll find a full guide on how to make sourdough pasta here.
  • For more quick sourdough recipes, check out these No Wait Sourdough Recipes for easy, fast and delicious ways to use your sourdough starter.

Sourdough Discard Bread Machine Recipe

This recipe is for making sourdough discard sandwich bread in a bread maker from start to finish. You will need to consult your bread machine's instruction booklet for program times.

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Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 4 hours hrs

Total Time 4 hours hrs 10 minutes mins

Course Side Dish

Cuisine American

Servings 1 Loaf

Calories 387 kcal


  • Bread Machine


  • 260 g Water
  • 500 g All Purpose Flour or Bread Flour
  • 100 g Sourdough Discard
  • 40 g Butter
  • 20 g Sugar
  • 7 g Dried Yeast
  • 10 g Salt


  • Add all of your ingredients into the pan of your bread machine. It's easier if you add the liquid first and then the dry ingredients on top. It makes it easier for the bread maker to knead the dough.

  • Depending on your bread machine and how quickly you want your bread, select a setting for your loaf. You can use the full program or the express program. If you are able to select the size of the loaf, go for "extra large" and set the crust to dark so you get a nice crunchy crust.

  • If you can, remove the paddle from your pan before the bread starts to bake - this will ensure you don't get the hole in your bread where the paddle sits.

  • Once your sourdough discard loaf has finished baking, remove from the pan as soon as possible to avoid it sweating.

    Place the bread back into the machine with the lid ajar for air flow to avoid a wrinkled crust.


Remember that you can look inside while the machine is going. Don't be afraid to use a spatula to mix in the flour that's on the sides of the pan or to rearrange the dough if it's not sitting correctly (you can read all the tips in the post above).


Calories: 387kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 3gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 4178mgPotassium: 78mgFiber: 2gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 1000IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg

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Sourdough Discard Bread Machine Recipe - Using Bread Machine Start to Finish (2024)


Can you use a breadmaker for sourdough? ›

Sourdough bread baked in a bread machine? Not only is it possible — it's delicious! This high-rising loaf, with its soft crumb, makes ideal sandwiches and toast. Since it uses a lot of starter, the flavor will vary from baker to baker: if your starter is very sour, the loaf will reflect that.

Can you use sourdough discard from the beginning? ›

Remember, you can't use the discard from your homemade sourdough starter for the first 7 days. You can use sourdough discard in all kinds of sourdough discard recipes, including these no wait sourdough recipes, overnight sourdough discard recipes and sourdough discard recipes that use up a lot of discard.

What order should I put the ingredients in my bread machine? ›

Adding Ingredients to the Bread Machine

Manufacturers usually recommend adding the liquids first, followed by dry ingredients, with the yeast going in last. This keeps the yeast away from the liquid ingredients until kneading begins.

How quickly do you need to use sourdough discard? ›

I recommend keeping sourdough discard for up to one week. After that point, there is a higher risk of bad bacteria or mold growing. How often should I feed my sourdough starter? I recommend feeding your starter at least once per week.

What is the difference between a bread maker and a bread machine? ›

VERSATILITY: Your bread maker will be able to create dough only-this allows you to shape your finished bread into buns, braids, etc. Some bread makers also have a “preserves” function where you can make jam. These are the only two things you can really do with a bread machine though.

Is it better to use bread flour in a bread machine? ›

Most bread machine manuals and cookbooks call for bread flour rather than all-purpose flour. King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour, because it's higher in gluten than national brands of all-purpose flour, works perfectly in the bread machine.

Can you use 2 week old sourdough discard? ›

You can store mature sourdough discard in the refrigerator indefinitely. As long as there is no mold, it is good to use. It may develop a grayish liquid on top called “hooch” which can be poured off before use or stirred in. If you stir it in, the flavor will become more sour.

Can you use 2 day old sourdough discard? ›

I don't recommend using starter discard from the fridge to make sourdough bread. Why? The discard could be sitting in the fridge for several days, up to 2 weeks, which is far too long without feeding in an environment that's too cold.

What is the difference between sourdough starter and discard? ›

Only a small portion of the sourdough starter is reserved and fed during each feeding, the rest is referred to as discard, since typically it is thrown away. In efforts to reduce waste, discard is often collected from multiple feedings and stored in the fridge until enough is allotted to be used for discard recipes.

Do you put liquid or solid first in bread machine? ›

It depends. Some instructions tell you to put wet ingredients in first, followed by dry ingredients. Others suggest you put the flour in, followed by salt and sugar, then wet ingredients, and finally the yeast. Almost all recipes will suggest you add the yeast last, otherwise, the dough won't rise quite as well.

Do you put liquids or solids first in bread machine? ›

Be sure to put the ingredients in your machine with liquids first, flour second, then salt, then sweetener, then yeast. Remove the dough when the dough cycle is done, form it into a loaf or rolls, let rise till doubled.

Do you put milk or water in a bread machine? ›

Water is a common ingredient, but since many people use the timer on their bread machines, most recipes call for non-fat dry milk or powdered buttermilk. However, if you are mixing your dough right away, you can certainly use fresh milk. Simply replace the water with milk or buttermilk and omit the powdered milk.

What happens if I forgot to discard starter before feeding? ›

If you didn't discard a portion of your starter each time you feed it, two things would happen: Your starter would grow to an enormous, unmanageable size. Your starter would likely become more and more inhospitable to the bacteria and yeast we want as the mixture would become ever more acidic.

Do I need to feed my sourdough discard before baking? ›

Absolutely! A jar of sourdough discard serves as an insurance policy against starter death. If you have some discard on hand, remove a spoonful of it and feed it fresh flour and water in a clean jar. You should have a bubbly starter ready to bake with after a couple of feedings, depending on the discard's condition.

Can I use month old sourdough discard? ›

The simple answer is, you can keep sourdough discard in the fridge indefinitely, however the quality and flavor of the discard will change and even deteriorate over time.

Is sourdough bread harder to make than regular bread? ›

Sourdough bread is also known for its crusty yet airy texture. Although sourdough bread can be relatively easy to make, it can be intimidating for new bakers because it's more time consuming than other types of homemade bread.

Which Panasonic breadmaker makes sourdough? ›

Breadmaker with Sourdough Mode SD-2511K.

Is it worth it to make your own sourdough bread? ›

The advantages of making your own sourdough bread include: Flavor: Compared to store-bought bread, many people believe that homemade sourdough has a deeper, more nuanced flavor. Natural fermentation creates a distinct flavor. Ingredient Quality: When baking at home, you have control over the ingredients' quality.

What else can I use a breadmaker for? ›

But this countertop appliance can also make a lot more than just loaves of bread, from pizza dough, cinnamon rolls, hamburger and hot dog buns, and even doughnuts. Many of these recipes require just a few simple ingredients, making it easy to get a warm loaf of bread or other treats on the table.


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