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Sourdough Whole Wheat Crackers

Sourdough Whole Wheat Crackers are crispy, crunchy and hearty. This recipe uses a whole cup of sourdough discard or active sourdough starter.

a plate of sourdough crackers with sesame seeds

If you don’t have one, you can learn How to Make a Sourdough Starter. Then I can show you how to Feed and Maintain Sourdough Starter or How to Keep a Small Sourdough Starter.

In the meantime, you can make this recipe for Pumpkin Seed Crackers using commercial yeast.

How to make crisp & thin Sourdough Whole Wheat Crackers:

  • Mix the cracker dough as you would any regular bread dough. 
  • You can use either sourdough discard or active sourdough starter to make the dough. Crackers made with active starter will be lighter with more air pockets.
  • The dough can be refrigerated for up to 2 days before rolling.
  • The key to making a crunchy cracker is to roll the dough incredibly thin. The easiest way to do this is to start rolling the dough on a floured surface then finish on a sheet of parchment paper.
  • If you have one, you can use a pasta roller. That’s how I make my ultra-thin Sourdough Rye Crispbreads.
  • Brushing the dough with egg white will give the crackers a shiny finish.
  • Allow the crackers to sit at room temperature while the oven preheats. This short rise will give the crackers a lighter texture.
  • Use seeds, coarse salt or everything bagel seasoning for a nice topping.

Scroll through the process photos to see how to make Sourdough Whole Wheat Crackers:

two side by side photos showing how to roll and cut sourdough crackers
Roll the dough directly on a sheet of parchment paper. Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to score the crackers to your desired size and shape.
two side by side photos showing sourdough whole wheat crackers before and after baking
Brush the dough with egg white and sprinkle with seeds. Bake until golden brown. Break apart the crackers once they have cooled completely.
a stack of sourdough crackers on a black surface
a plate with sourdough whole wheat crackers, cheese, sausage and tomatoes

I know you hate to throw away that sourdough discard. Check out these recipes that use sourdough discard.

Since you’ve got your starter fed, peruse the entire list of My Best Sourdough Recipes. Have fun!

If you love this recipe as much as I do, I’d really appreciate a 5-star review.

a hand holding a sourdough cracker

Sourdough Whole Wheat Crackers

Yield: 24 servings
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Bake Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

Hearty crackers made with sourdough discard and whole grain. These light and crispy crackers are a healthy and tasty snack.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (8 oz, 240 ml) sourdough discard (or active starter)
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz, 120 ml) warm water
  • 1 cup (5 oz, 140g) all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons (1 oz, 28g) melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup (5 oz, 140g) whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg white, whisked until foamy
  • sesame seeds for topping

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large mixing bowl combine the discard, water and the all purpose flour. Mix to form a thick batter. Cover the bowl and set aside for 30-60 minutes.
  2. Add the honey, melted butter, salt and wheat flour. If using a stand mixer, switch to the dough hook.
  3. Knead the dough for 5 minutes until it forms a cohesive dough that clings to hook and clears the sides of the bowl. If working by hand knead for 5-6 minutes.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead to form a smooth ball.
  5. Place the dough into a lightly oiled bowl, turn once to coat the dough. Cover tightly and rest at room temperature for 1 hour or refrigerate for as long as 2 days.
  6. Divide the dough in 1/2. Roll each piece to a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick, using enough flour to keep it from sticking to the surface
  7. Transfer to the dough to a 1/2 sheet parchment paper and continue rolling until the dough is about 1/8" thick and is the size of the paper (see note).
  8. Trim the edges to make a neat rectangle. Use a pizza cutter or paring knife to cut the dough into 2"x2" squares, or to your desired cracker size. You don't need to pull the crackers apart. Brush the crackers with egg white and sprinkle with sesame seeds or any seed of your choice. Pat the seeds to stick them to the dough. Slide the paper onto a baking sheet. Repeat with the other half of the dough.
  9. After the crackers are rolled, turn on the oven and preheat to 375°F. Allow the crackers to rise while the oven preheats. Bake the crackers until golden brown and crisp, 10-15 minutes
  10. Cool on a rack for 5 minutes. Break apart any crackers that are still stuck together.
  11. Cool completely. Stored in an air tight container, the crackers will keep for a week.

Notes

If you don't have a 16"x 12" sheet pan adjust the size of the rectangle to your pan size, but still roll to an 1/8" thick.

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Christine

Saturday 20th of February 2021

Hi! I finally got my starter to "work" correctly, so now I am baking almost every day! We all love the sourdough round - it is beautiful and tasty!

I am in the process of making these crackers - step 2 says to add the "rest of the ap flour", but there is no designation to use only part of it in step 1. I just threw a little extra in while it was kneading and the dough seems fine, but I am just at the resting phase, so hopefully they turn out.

Thanks for the recipes! I think I am obsessed with using starter now! lol

Eileen Gray

Sunday 21st of February 2021

Thanks for pointing that out. It's been fixed.