Sourdough Pancakes #FantasticalFoodFight

Sourdough pancakes are easy when using sourdough starter or discard- and have a delicious tang that makes a perfect short stack for breakfast.

Sourdough Pancakes

Sourdough Pancakes

By Sue  Lau | Palatable Pastime

My recipe of the day is with  the blogging group Fantastical Food Fight, where each month  we blog recipes utilizing a specific ingredient or theme. This month it is sourdough. What fun!

I first started making  sourdough years ago when I used to post at  Recipezaar (which morphed into then Genius  Kitchen- you know the  place,  right?) I had  tried a recipe for sourdough starter  that Bergy had posted (Bergy still posts at Recipezazz along with Kittencal and a few others), and afterwards,  used that starter to make sourdough pancakes.  I am also sharing a pancake recipe with you today,  pretty much based on the same one. It is an adaptation of  a  recipe by Patricia Duncan.

Sourdough Pancakes

Planning what to make with Sourdough

I was thinking  of making a sourdough boule- which I love. But as luck would have it, I still had some boule in the  fridge.  Do you keep you bread in the fridge to help keep it fresh? With just the two of us here,  and me having to limit how much bread I eat, it just makes sense.

My Love of Sourdough–Even if not  Mine!

The sourdough boule I had on hand is by Sixteen Bricks bakery  here in Cincinnati. Their bread is so over the top with flavor and crumb that I don’t  even really need to make bread if I grab one of their loaves. If you live locally,  you should grab one and enjoy.

Looking Ahead  for  More Sourdough Recipes & Tips

But if not, we are going to  be  utilizing a number of sourdough recipes,  both today  in the linkup below, shared by friends,  and also I will  post more later,  since I have  a starter going.

A Specialty Starter?

The  starter I used for this is based on one  somebody was using at Recipezaar that they had sent  off for- a Red Sea Starter, which was dried.  Did you know you can  dry some of  your starter and save it  for whenever? Anyway, they were kind  and  loving enough to send me some, which promptly fell to the back of the  pantry since I had a starter going at the time. And over time I forgot about  it when I needed it and  remembered it when I didn’t and now (embarrassingly) I have to say that after 16 years I finally got the thing going.

From Bed to Breakfast!

You might think  it wouldn’t get off the drawing board but no. It took off so gangbusters that I thought it might bite me when I went  to feed it. So thusly, I have given it a name, and that name is Fi-Dough-  kind of like the rottweiler of  the sourdough world. Fi-Dough is sleeping right now, waiting in the fridge for another chance to “rise to power”.

When I  get  a few moments I will  make a post on sourdough starters,  how to start one from scratch,  how to start one from dried, how to tend it, and also how to put it to bed. If you’re like me, you’ll bake and bake and bake with it then suddenly get bored. If you know how to  store it you don’t have to worry about it sitting in the  fridge there, getting all funky and stuff.

Flapjacks are Easy Peasy

But for now, we’ll make pancakes, since you don’t have to worry about  flipping the  oven on for that one, and it makes a nice add on for breakfast  or brunch.

I didn’t have my strawberry syrup  made in time for these, but check that recipe out, as I would recommend putting sliced sugared strawberries on these pancakes, topping that  with syrup, then burying the whole shebang under a mountain of  whipped cream.

Sourdough Pancakes

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Sourdough Pancakes

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Sourdough Activation 3 hours
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Alaskan, American, California
Servings 16


  • 1 cup sourdough starter or sourdough discard
  • 2 cups milk or water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • For feeding starter:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup warm water


  • The night before preparing,remove sourdough starter jar from fridge and let sit at room temperature.
  • In the morning, once the starter has risen a couple of inches, remove one cup from the jar and set aside; feed the remaining starter with one cup all-purpose flour and 1/4 cup warm water and stir, then replace starter jar to the fridge.
  • If the starter has not risen, may be dormant and require a feeding first, or more time to aerate. Make sure the starter can breathe (I use a rubber band and a piece of cheesecloth over the top of the jar- no tight lids please). Also make sure your starter has enough room in the jar to grow after feeding- you can take some off and dry it in a dehydrator and store it (this is known as putting it to bed).
  • Take the cup of starter you removed and mix it with the milk, flour, egg, baking soda, baking powder, salt and melted butter (cooled dowuntil it comes together, but do not overmix.
  • Heat a griddle to moderate and lightly oil.
  • Drop batter by 1/4 cup measure onto griddle (I use a #16 disher/ice cream scoop- if you aren't sure of the size, test it by filling the scoop with water and measure).
  • When pancakes have lots of holes and seems somewhat dry looking, flip the pancakes and cook the other side.
  • Keep pancakes warm while you do the remainder. You can keep them on a cookie sheet- most times I don't keep in oven but will just nuke them if they got cold while waiting.
  • Serve pancakes with butter and syrup as desired.


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Keyword Flapjacks, Pancakes, Sourdough
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4 responses

  1. This was my first experiment with sourdough starter. I hope I can keep it alive. I made waffles so I know the pancakes are amazing.

  2. My scale is not going to like me this week. Not only do I have waffles on the list, but now pancakes to make with my ‘discard’ sourdough. I’m baking a rye bread later on, and after feeding my starter, will need to make something with the excess.

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