Monday, July 20, 2020

Baking Class: Sourdough Starter Pancakes

I keep my sourdough starter on the small side so I don't have a huge buildup of discard but every few weeks I have enough to make something and I am always looking for ways to use it.  These sourdough starter pancakes were the first thing I ever made with my discard and they are in my regular rotation now.  They work as a savory or sweet dish; here I served them with fried eggs and pure maple syrup and they were delicious.
Home Cookin v9.81 Chapter: Breads and Muffins
180g (app 1 cup) sourdough discard
120g (app 1/2 cup) water
60g (app 1/2 cup) all-purpose flour
1 egg
2 Tbsp sugar (optional, I usually omit it)
2 Tbsp oil, plus more for greasing the griddle/pan
3 + Tbsp buttermilk, milk or other liquid, as needed
1 tsp baking soda

Mix the discard, flour and water and let sit until bubbles form.  Add the egg, oil, and sugar if using and mix together.  Add the buttermilk, milk or other liquid in small increments mixing just enough to incorporate it into the batter, until it is just think enough to pour easily without spreading too mucy.  The amount needed will vary depending on the thickness of your starter.

Preheat the oven to the lowest temperature and put an oven-proof plate on the middle rack.  Heat a griddle over medium heat. Pour in about a teaspoon of oil and spread it over the surface.   Once the griddle is hot (you can test it by sprinkling a drop of water onto the surface.  If it sizzles and burns away quickly the griddle is hot).  Pour the batter in 1/4-cup increments and cook until bubbles have formed on the surface and the edges look dry, two to three minutes.  Flip and cook until golden on the bottom, 30 seconds to one minute more.

As the pancakes are done store them on the warm plate in the oven until ready to serve.  If you are not serving them right away remove them from the oven when they are all made and cover with a towel to keep them warm.

adapted from recipe found at

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