Sourdough Discard Orange Quick Bread

Dust off your podcast app and open it up today. There’s actually a new episode in there from me! Can you believe it?

All kidding aside, I know you’ve probably been enjoying LOTS of new episodes from other shows right now and thank goodness somebody is getting some work done.

It’s not that I’m not busy. There’s laundry, grocery inventorying, cooking, an insane amount of dishwashing, checking in on family and friends via Marco Polo, and sometimes I find time to sit down and work with no distractions.

But it’s this last part that’s most elusive… and one of the main reasons you’re only getting the occasional episode from me right now. There are two more episodes to go, though, before Season 3 shuts down. Tune in to today’s episode to find out what they’re all about.

In the meantime, I do have a little something special to share by way of this Orange Quick Bread. It’s my new favorite way to use sourdough discard.

(Recall the Chocolate Chip Banana Bread I shared a few weeks ago?)

Well, today’s bread is similar in how quick and easy it is. But the taste is something altogether different. Fresh, subtly sweet and the kind of bright flavor I feel like most of us could use a little more of after all these many weeks at home.

I created it in paid partnership with Florida Orange Juice as a celebration of National OJ Day… which btw is today if you didn’t know.

Here’s what’s great about this recipe:

  • It uses sourdough discard. (If you want to bake this recipe and aren’t currently nursing a sourdough starter like 99.9% of folks on Instagram right now all you have to do is add 1/4 cup more Florida Orange Juice and 1/4 cup more all-purpose flour.)
  • It makes TWO loaves. (One to keep and one to share with a friend… from a safe six feet away, of course.)
  • It’s yummy. (This needs no further explanation).

When Florida Orange Juice asked me to join them today to “toast” frontline workers — from doctors and nurses to grocery store workers, truck drivers, and farmers all across America — to say THANK YOU for all they’re doing to keep this country running, nourished, safe and healthy, I knew this was the bread I wanted to make.

Talk about a way to brighten someone’s day? This is it.


Sourdough Discard Orange Quick Bread

  • Author: Regan Jones, RDN
  • Yield: 2 loaves 1x


  • 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) oil
  • 1/2 cup (135 g) sourdough discard*
  • 3/4 cup (150 g) sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/2 cup (120 g) Florida Orange Juice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 24 tablespoons Florida Orange Juice 


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat TWO (8-inch) loaf pans with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together sugar, oil, eggs, orange juice, sourdough discard, sour cream, orange zest and vanilla. Pour liquid ingredients into bowl with dry ingredients; stir just until combined. 
  4. Divide batter evenly between prepared pans. 
  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 cooled bread.


*If you want to bake this recipe and aren’t currently nursing a sourdough starter like 99.9% of folks on Instagram right now, all you have to do is add 1/4 cup more Florida Orange Juice and 1/4 cup more all-purpose flour and omit the sourdough starter.

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1 Comment

  1. Marie Moser on May 24, 2020 at 11:22 am

    I loved this recipe. It was moist and flavorful with just the perfect balance of sweetness. Definitely a recipe to keep in my arsenal for using my plentiful sourdough discard.

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