Embrace the warmth of winter with a delightful array of cozy winter sourdough recipes that will fill your home with the inviting aroma of freshly baked sourdough bread.
As the temperatures drop and snow blankets the landscape, there's nothing quite like the comfort of indulging in homemade sourdough treats. And let's just say that there's so much more to winter sourdough than homemade sourdough bread!
In this blog, we'll explore a collection of soul-warming sourdough recipes perfect for the winter season. From beautiful sourdough bread bowls full of your favorite soup to beef stew topped with sourdough herb dumplings and brown cinnamon sugar pop tarts, join me on a journey to discover the joy of winter baking and elevate your kitchen into a haven of warmth and delicious aromas.
Best Tips for Using Sourdough Starter in Winter
There's nothing better than fresh sourdough bread in the winter time. But cold weather can make it tricky to make your sourdough starter thrive because it prefers warmer temperatures. It can also play havoc with your favorite sourdough bread recipe in that a colder ambient temperature can make bulk fermentation take forever!
Here are my best tips for baking better sourdough in the colder months:
- Keep your active sourdough starter warm - Make sure you're keeping your sourdough starter nice and toasty. I've created a list of 20+ ideas for keeping sourdough starter warm here (and most of them are free!).
- Double the amount of starter - the more starter you use the more quickly your dough will ferment. You can read about how this works here.
- Use warm water when you mix up your dough - Not hot, just warm - nothing hotter than 37C. This will keep your yeastie beasties toasty warm and ready to raise bread dough!
- Consider using a proofing box to bulk ferment your dough - A proofing box will ensure your dough stays at the right temperature for the entire bulk ferment and allow you to create a warmer environment than your home. This proofing box is incredibly efficient and folds flat when not in use.
You might also find this guide to baking sourdough in hotter and colder temperatures handy.
15+ Cosy Winter Sourdough Recipes To Try This Season
If you're looking to warm your heart and your belly, these cosy winter sourdough recipes are sure to be a hit.
Sourdough Chicken Pot Pie
Indulge in the ultimate comfort food with a luscious chicken pot pie featuring a buttery and flaky sourdough pastry, providing the perfect combination of rich, savory filling and golden, crisp crust.
Elevate your soups and stews with sourdough dumplings – fluffy, tangy morsels that soak up the savory flavors of your favorite winter comfort dishes, adding an extra layer of coziness to every spoonful.
Brown Sugar Cinnamon Sourdough Pop Tarts
These delicious brown sugar cinnamon sourdough pop tarts are the perfect breakfast indulgence on a cold winter's morning! Serve them with a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate for a special breakfast treat!
Sourdough Beef & Guinness Stew
Experience the hearty goodness of an Irish stew enhanced by the addition of sourdough herb dumplings. This warm and filling dish brings together tender meat, vegetables, and flavorful dumplings, creating a comforting winter meal.
Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls
Elevate your mornings with the irresistible aroma of freshly baked sourdough cinnamon rolls, each swirl of soft, tangy dough enveloping a sweet cinnamon filling, and generously glazed with a velvety cream cheese icing.
Sourdough Mac & Cheese
Dive into a bowl of creamy indulgence with sourdough mac and cheese, where the tangy notes of sourdough add depth to the velvety cheese sauce, creating the ultimate cozy and satisfying winter sourdough recipe.
Indulge in a comforting winter brunch with Sourdough Crumpets, each tender and airy bite infused with the distinctive flavor of sourdough, perfect for toasting and topping with your favorite spreads as you embrace the snug ambiance of the season
Orange & Cranberry Muffins
Warm up your winter mornings with the delightful aroma of Sourdough Cranberry Orange Muffins, where the tangy notes of sourdough meet the sweetness of cranberries and zesty orange, creating a cozy and festive treat for breakfast or afternoon tea.
Sourdough Bread Pudding
Repurpose your leftover sourdough into a decadent dessert with Sourdough Bread Pudding, a soul-soothing blend of rich custard, cinnamon, and chunks of sourdough bread, ensuring a warm and delightful finale to any winter meal.
Butter Candle for Sourdough Bread
Enhance your sourdough experience with a touch of DIY charm by crafting a butter candle for sourdough bread, creating a touch of rustic elegance to your cozy winter evenings.
Sourdough Pumpernickel Bread
Enjoy the robust and earthy flavors of winter with sourdough pumpernickel bread, characterized by its dark color and complex taste. Each slice brings a comforting blend of sourdough tang and hearty, nutty undertones, perfect for toasting on chilly mornings.
Sourdough Apple Pie
Savor the nostalgia of a traditional apple pie with a sourdough twist, featuring a flaky sourdough pie crust that complements the sweet and tart layers of apple filling, making it a perfect dessert for cold winter evenings.
Sourdough Pumpkin Pie
Embrace the essence of winter with a twist on a classic dessert – sourdough-infused pumpkin pie. The rich, spiced pumpkin filling and the tangy undertones of sourdough create a harmonious blend, bringing warmth to every seasonal bite.
Elevate your winter brunch with the airy perfection of Sourdough Popovers, golden and crisp on the outside, yet irresistibly soft inside, creating the ideal vessel for savory or sweet fillings to warm you up on chilly mornings.
Sourdough Cinnamon Muffins
Infuse your mornings with the cozy aroma of sourdough cinnamon muffins, each bite a perfect blend of tangy sourdough and sweet cinnamon goodness, bringing a touch of warmth to your winter breakfast spread.
Sourdough Bread Bowls
Transform your favorite soups and stews into comforting winter classics with these sourdough bread bowls. Warm your heart and fill hungry tummies by serving your winter favorites inside a crusty sourdough bread bowl.