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Sourdough Pinch Biscuits in a cast iron skillet fresh from the oven

Sourdough Pinch Biscuits

Arlene Mobley - Flour On My Face
Sourdough Pinch Biscuits are old fashioned cowboy sourdough biscuit recipe made with a sourdough starter. The sourdough biscuits bake up high and are fluffy on the inside and golden brown on the outside.
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Prep Time 1 d
Cook Time 30 mins
Proofing Time 8 hrs
Total Time 1 d 8 hrs 30 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Biscuits
Calories 156 kcal


  • ½ cup well fed active sourdough starter
  • 3 cups all purpose unbleached flour divided
  • 1 cup milk room temp
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter divided
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  • Feed your sourdough starter the day before beginning the recipe
  •  In a medium size mixing bowl mix ½ cup of fed active sourdough starter with 1 cup of the flour and one cup of room temperature whole milk.
  • Cover the bowl and place in a warm area for 4 to12 hours. The sponge will increase in size and possibly deflate depending on the amount of time you have left it to rise. If planning to bake the biscuits for dinner time you should start the sponges 8 hours before you plan to bake. The biscuits are best served hot straight from the oven.
  • After the sponge has proofed mix the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and 1 ½ cups of the all-purpose flour into the bowl of sourdough sponge with a wooden spoon. Mix the dough into the sponge until it comes together shaggy dough ball.
  • Dust a work surface with the remaining ½ cup of flour. Turn the sourdough biscuit dough out onto the floured surface.
  • Before beginning to shape the biscuits brush the pan with 1 tablespoon of melted butter.
  • Flour your hands and gently knead the dough a few times so it holds it shape. Work the dough into a 12 inch long log.
  • Pinch off a one inch section of the dough and form into a roll. If the dough is sticky roll it in the flour before forming it into a ball.
  • Place each of the biscuits into the buttered pan snugly together with the sides touching.
  • Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter and gently brush each biscuit top with the butter. Cover the pan and place it in a warm area to rise for thirty minutes. After 15 minutes preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Once the dough has risen to about double remove the plastic wrap or towel and bake the sourdough biscuits on the middle rack of the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown and the biscuits have risen.
  • Brush the hot biscuits with more melted butter if desired.
  • Serve the biscuits immediately.
  • Makes 12 sourdough biscuits.


Recipe Expert Tips

Recipe Tips
  • Proofing: The sponge takes about 4 to12 hours to get bubbly and active. Start this process the night or early afternoon you want to bake. 
  • Rising: You will need an addition 30 to 60 minutes for the biscuits to rise in the pan before baking. Keep this in mind.
  • Baking: You will need an addition 30 to 60 minutes for the biscuits to rise in the pan before baking. Keep this in mind.
  • If you aren't comfortable eyeballing a one inch section of dough you can use a knife to mark the dough into one inch sections before pinching the dough pieces off.
  • To reheat leftover sourdough biscuits place the biscuits on a plate, cover with a damp towel and microwave for 1-2 minutes until warm in the center.
  • I like to use a large silicone mat when I am working with bread or biscuit dough.


Serving: 1Biscuit | Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 301mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 92IU | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg
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