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sourdough pancakes

ron's picture

sourdough pancakes

  I seem to have unused starter all the time that gets trashed. A friend of mine said i should try sourdough pancakes it sounds good to me but don't know anyone that has tryed them. are they good an has any body had them ?

granniero's picture

granniero     We like sourdough pancakes and waffles around here. I got an excellent recipe from the King Arthur web site, there it's called sourdough waffles but you can also make pancakes with it. It starts the night before and finishes in the morning. I would think some sourdough added to just about any pancake recipe would make them better.

SourdoLady's picture

If you don't want to mess around with making them from scratch, just add some starter (1/2 cup to 1 cup) to your usual pancake mix. You will notice a huge improvement over the mix by itself. When my kids were all still home I did this a lot. It will spoil you and you won't like pancakes without starter after you've had them with it.

Paddyscake's picture

are the best! They are extremely light. You won't ever go back to making them without starter. Check out Mike Avery's site There are great recipes to use up leftover starter..Whole wheat Blueberry Muffins, English muffin bread and pizza dough. 

Marni's picture

Funny you should ask, I made sourdough pancakes yesterday morning.  Delish!

I highly recommend the sourdough waffle recipe from King Arthur.  I don't think I will make any other kind of waffles again.

The pizza dough recipe from  is a great way to use extra starter. It's our new favorite crust. 

Starter does seem to build up quickly doesn't it?


TRK's picture

Chalk up another vote for the KAF sourdough waffles.  I make those pretty often and love them.  Best Waffles Ever!  They are a great way to use up the starter when it gets old, runny, and acidic.

LindyD's picture

While sourdough pancakes are yummy, I starting putting my discarded starter in another container, refrigerate it, and use it to make bread. The ciabatta was wonderful and the two loaves were sliced and frozen for use as French toast (when we don't want pancakes). With the constantly increasing cost of food, I refuse to toss out starter.


It's experimental, mind you; I just add flour, water, and salt (and sometimes a touch of instant yeast) to the starter and knead it till it feels like it might amount to something.

ron's picture

 Well thanks for the great info guys

  My 15 year old son plays in a Christian rock band tuesday night his band buddys are sleeping over.  ( please pray for me that i make it till wed morning LOL )

  Wednesday morning its going to be pancakes topped with fresh blueberrys an creamcheese , waffles topped off with fresh strawberrys shaved dark chocolate an whipped cream

 My homemade sausage with fresh Orange juice on the side

 PS. let you know how it turns out  Ron

ron's picture

   Thanks for the help Guys

 It was a big hit i used the sourdough waffle recipe from King Arthur and for the pancakes i tryed JerryMc's recipe. The breakfest was so good they wiped out everything including two bottles of syrup

 on a side note [never again will common waffles an pancakes cross my path]

somegeek's picture

This one is quite good - Sourdough Waffles.

I will try JerryMc's pancake recipe tonight!

JIP's picture

So my wife uses a vegan pancake recipe from Vegetarian times mag.  The ingredients are:


  • 2 cups plain soymilk, divided 
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. egg replacer powder
  • 2 Tbs. canola oil 
  • 1 Tbs. maple syrup, plus more for serving
  • 2 bananas, thinly sliced

She doesn't use the banannas or the nuts but what I wanted to know was if I wanted to use some of my starter in them how would it be done.  This is an excellent buckwheat pancake recipe and we make them every sunday so having a place to use some of my new starter would be nice.  So would I substitute the starter for one of the ingredients or just add some of it.  Also what exactly would the starter do for the recipe?.  I am assuming that it would (of course) add some flavor and mabye act as an additional leavener which would add some lightness to them which would not be unwelcome.  By the way if anyone finds the recipe intriguing you can find it here starter or no starter it is a wonderful recipe and as I said we take out the nuts and banannas and add bluberies and they are wonderful albeit a little heavy.

Yumarama's picture

You'd therefore want to substitute some of the liquid and some of the flour in the recipe, not just one or the other. This is where weights get really handy. If you had 250g of flour and 324g soy milk (I'm completely making these numbers up, I don't know what the recipe you mention above actually converts to) and wanted to add 150g of starter, you'd know since the starter is equal parts flour and water by weight that you're actually adding 75g water and 7g flour, so you'd reduce the recipe's soy milk and flour by 75g each without causing much change in the overal ballance.

What does sourdough starter do to pancakes? Aside from the points you already mentioned yourself, it makes them darn yummy for one! You might also find it helps with the "heavy pancakes" issue. But really, just go ahead and give it a try and see for yourself. The worst that can happen is you have pancakes. Is there really a downside to this? ;)


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