Easy Sourdough Starter Pancakes
Welcome to another Kiah’s Kitchen recipe post! Today I am sharing these easy and delicious sourdough starter pancakes.
As any regular readers would know, I am always on a mission to reduce my food waste (and plastic waste) and cook more from scratch. I am a lover of sourdough and I spend $9 every week on a freshly baked loaf of organic sourdough for myself (Nathan does’t eat it). Which a) is a lot of money for a loaf of bread and b) is something I’m wanting to learn to make myself. So, a couple of weeks ago I decided to take the plunge and create my own sourdough starter.
I haven’t found this to be the easiest process (I have a blog post on my experience coming very shortly). To create sourdough starter, you need to discard majority of it twice a day everyday while you are building the cultures, otherwise you will have too much starter and the flour you are feeding it won’t be enough for the cultures to thrive off.
Meet Mr W. Leviosa (my sourdough starter) I’ve been informed if you don’t name them you’re setting them up for failure, I am also a hopeless Harry Potter fan and I thought Leviosa was quite fitting as it originates from the latin word Levo meaning ‘I lift’ which is exactly what I’m hopping Mr W. Leviosa will do.
Discarding this much sourdough starter everyday was getting on my nerves because it is such a waste AND it’s a very thick gluey mixture that seems to permanently attach itself to anything it comes into contact with. Whilst you can compost sourdough starter, I decided to try and cook with it. Mr W. Leviosa isn’t quite powerful enough to bake a loaf of bread with just yet, however he is perfect for pancakes!
Confession, I am not the biggest pancake fan (I know, what is wrong with me) growing up my mum and sister loved them and mum would often make them for us from scratch, but I’m much more of a sourdough toast for Sunday breakfast kind of gal.
Nathan on the other hand LOVES pancakes and I decided this would be a good use of my sourdough starter discard. Nath was heading off to go mountain bike riding with one of his friends so what better way to give him some energy for the day than to fill him full of pancakes (and sugar) and use up the starter discard in the process.
This recipe was very easy to throw together and produced extremely fluffy and soft pancakes! I used 1.5 cups of sourdough starter, I just kept the discard from the two feedings the day before in the fridge and then added the discard from the feeding this morning and voila, 1.5 cups of sourdough starter.
I added a little extra flour to make the pancakes thicker, added in some eggs and some milk, some baking soda and some salt. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
If you wanted to make this vegan, use plant based milk and substitute the eggs for either two flax eggs or applesauce or mashed banana!
I didn’t use any sugar in the pancake batter as I feel like it is sweet enough with the toppings, however if you have a sweet tooth, add in some sugar to sweeten them up!
If you are also on a journey to making your own sourdough and have some starter you want to use, give this recipe a go, I promise you won’t be disappointed! If you do, be sure to let me know how you liked them either in the comments down below or over on Instagram, I would love to hear from you. If you would like to see more posts like this, feel free to subscribe to my blog via email so you receive a notification each time I post.
If you know me personally and you want to come over for some pancakes, just let me know, I have a lot of starter to use and I’m happy to cook them for you!
Until next time, take care!
Sourdough Starter Pancakes
These fluffy and delicious pancakes are so easy to throw together and will help you to use up excess sourdough starter discard without having to throw it away or put it in the compost. The starter makes them so fluffy and delicious you'll want to make them everyday!
- 1.5 cups fresh sourdough starter I saved the discard from a couple of feedings in the fridge
- 2 whole eggs or substitute flax eggs, apple sauce or mashed banana
- 2 tbsp flour optional - depends how thick you like pancakes
- 2 tbsp milk either dairy or plant based milk
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp butter or butter alternative for cooking
- 2 serves of toppings of your choice
Add the fresh sourdough starter to a mixing bowl
Add the flour and milk, mix through well
Add the eggs or egg substitute and wisk until combined
Add the salt and baking soda and mix through, set aside for a few minutes
Heat a large pan over a medium heat (I used my enamel coated cast iron pan which I love!) add in butter or butter substitute
Once melted, ladle in a scoop of the pancake batter, cook over a low to medium heat until large bubbles start appearing on the top of the pancake (this doesn't take too long to keep an eye on it!)
Use a spatula to flip the pancake and continue to cook on a low to medium heat for another 30 seconds to a minute (make sure you don't burn it)
Remove pancake from pan and onto a plate, store plate in a low temp oven to keep warm while you cook remaining pancakes
Re-grease the pan (if needed - mine doesn't) and repeat until you have used all of the batter and have a delicious stack of pancakes
Serve immediately with your choice of toppings, some ideas are fresh berries, frozen berries heated in the oven, maples syrup, lemon and sugar, nutella, fruit jam - really the possibilities are endless
Leftover pancakes can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 days or frozen for grab and go breakfast options during the week!
This recipe can use sourdough starter that isn't strong enough for baking bread. My starter had been going for about 13 days when I made these pancakes (so still very new) and I have a cold house so the cultures were not quite strong enough for bread baking but perfect for pancakes! I just saved the starter discard from about 3 feedings (in a jar in the fridge separate to my main starter) to get 1.5 cups!