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Simple Sourdough Pumpkin Pancakes

smasty's picture

Simple Sourdough Pumpkin Pancakes

I woke up this morning wanting to try making sourdough pancakes with my leftover starter.  I looked up the KAF recipe that people mentioned here, and saw that it used an overnight sponge.  I wanted to whip something out fast and simple, and spontaneous. sponge for me!  I love the result...light, fluffy (they rose quite a bit), healthy (well, the plate that is pictured is my husband's...mine was healthier).  I had some pumpkin in the freezer that went into the mix.  I don't have exact measurements because I was just tossing stuff in, but here goes: 

About 1/4 c. starter, cold from the fridge (just dump in a big glop)

about 3/4c milk (made from dry)

1 egg

about 1/2 t. baking soda

2 t sugar

about 1/4 c pumpkin

about 1/2 c whole wheat flour

1 packet stevia

Mix it all up until you have a batter (make adjustments if it's too thin or thick)....This made 5 pretty big cakes. 




matthewf01's picture

Sounds really good.... love pumpkin and love sourdough :)


What percent hydration is your starter at? I keep mine at 100%... and Im still relatively new to keeping one so converting hydrations is still a bit over my head haha :)


Did you let it sit around or anything after mixing?


Also, any reason for baking soda instead of baking powder?

smasty's picture

I keep my starter at 100% also.  I used to keep two versions, one at 125% and one at 60%....I decided it's so easy to convert from one to the other, that I just keep it in the middle now. 

I did not let it sit after mixing (so I figure the starter gave me more flavor than leavening), and I used baking soda because that's what the KAF recipe used.  I think BP would work just as well, w/o the flavor that BS has.  I think it's a pretty forgiving recipe to mess around with.  Oh...I would add a little pumpkin pie spice next time I make it. 

althetrainer's picture

I like to make SD pancakes for breakfast, that's if I remember to make the sponge the night before.  Now I can use this to make some quick and dirty SD pancake if I forget the sponge.  Thank you for the idea!  Al

basslakebaker's picture

Nancy Silverton's Breads of the La Brea Bakery has one day sourdough pancakes.  Basically 2 cups starter (Yes... a great way to get rid of extra starter every weekend... alternating with waffles), 2T syrup (honey, nectar), 3 T oil, 2 eggs, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp baking powder.

Her waffles are the best I've had! 

althetrainer's picture

I didn't feel like starting a sponge last night but this morning I wanted to make SD pancakes.  So I got the starter out from the fridge and used it as is.  Didn't use pumpkin, just more starter and a bit of oil to make a batch.  It was pretty decent.  My little guy and husband liked it.  Thank you for the idea.  Al

smasty's picture

Glad it turned out good!  I've never tried it w/ the sponge...I'll have to do that next time so I can compare.