Neil Robinson

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Sourdough Pancakes
Sourdough Pancakes

Sourdough Pancakes


On a recent weekend, I decided to make sourdough pancakes for Sunday brunch. I was looking for a pancake that reminded me of when I was younger, more the American sort than the European variety. Here is a recipe that I tried that worked out great!

The night before:

  • 1 cup of sourdough starter
  • 1.5 cups of water
  • 2.5 cups of flour

Just before cooking them:

  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar (brown or white)
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil

The night before, I took about 1 cup of my sourdough starter (that is most of it actually, so I took 30g out to make a new starter and used the remainder for the pancakes), and I mixed it with 1.5 cups of water and 2.5 cups of flour, then covered it and let it to stand at room temperature overnight.

The next morning, just prior to cooking them on the stove, I lightly beat 1 egg, added into that 2/3 of a cup of milk, and 2 tbsp of sunflower oil. I added that to the sourdough from the night before, together with 1 tsp of baking soda, 1 tsp of salt, and 2 tbsp of sugar. I whisked the mixture together to make sure it was reasonably well mixed.

Then cook as normal for pancakes (griddle lightly oiled and just hot enough that a water droplet will bounce around on the surface, not immediately sizzle and turn to steam).

The results were everything I was looking for:

Sourdough Pancakes

Sourdough Pancakes


  1. Nice! I’ve used Sandor Katz’s recipe in the past, and am eager to try this one.

    Seems like muffins and other baked goods could work the same way with sourdough, but haven’t ventured there much, except for a banana bread that worked out very well.

    Thanks for the recipe!

    • Hi Megan,

      I hope you like it. It worked out well for us. I haven’t tried doing much in the way of sweet breads, I tend more towards the savory breads. Still, I do like banana bread, as do the kids :). I haven’t tried doing one with sourdough though.

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