Sourdough pancakes are a fluffy, sweet, tangy and the perfect choice for your weekend breakfast or brunch!
Now that your sourdough starter is the newest member of your home, use that daily discard to whip up some delectable sourdough pancakes! We like to serve sourdough pancakes with bacon cinnamon rolls and crock pot tater tot breakfast casserole.
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Why you’ll love this recipe!
📌 Light and fluffy pancakes that have the perfect amount of tang.
📌 A great way to use up your sourdough discard.
📌 Delicious served with syrup or mixed berries and whipped cream!
Sourdough Pancake Ingredients
- Sourdough starter – You’ll use the sourdough starter discard for this recipe.
- Flour – All-purpose flour.
- Sugar – Granulated white.
- Buttermilk – Make sure to use buttermilk instead of regular milk.
- Overnight sponge – From above.
- Eggs – Large.
- Oil – Vegetable oil or unsalted butter, melted.
- Salt – Kosher salt.
- Leavening – Baking soda.
How do you make sourdough pancakes? (step-by-step directions)
⭐ First, combine starter, flour, sugar, and buttermilk in a large bowl. Mix and cover with a loose weave towel. Allow to set overnight.
⭐ Next, in a small bowl, beat the eggs into the oil or butter. Add the overnight sponge and gently mix until just combined. Add the salt and baking soda and stir again until just combined.
⭐ Then, preheat a griddle or frying pan and lightly grease. Scoop the batter for each pancake onto the griddle. Be sure to give pancakes room to spread.
⭐ Finally, flip pancakes over when you see bubbles form and pop on the top of the pancake. Flip over and allow the second side to brown. Serve and enjoy!
Scroll down to the printable recipe card toward the bottom of this article for ingredient measurements and detailed cooking instructions.
What phase do I remove my starter to make the overnight sponge?
We’re making these sourdough pancakes with the discard from a regular starter feeding. Don’t let that starter go to waste, make pancakes!
That being said, you want to remove the starter when it has dropped to its original level. We don’t need the starter at peak height to create great pancakes.
Or if your starter is in the fridge and hasn’t been fed in a while, that’s fine too! We don’t need an active starter for sourdough pancakes.
What if I don’t have a full cup of sourdough starter to remove?
If you want to keep your starter to use for more recipes, make sure to leave enough of the starter behind to feed and grow. If you don’t quite have a full cup of discard, try halving the recipe so you can keep your starter alive and growing.
Can I make sourdough pancakes ahead of time?
These pancakes are best served fresh and warm but you could make the pancakes a day in advance and reheat in the microwave when needed.
Do I have to let the overnight sponge sit overnight?
Letting the starter sit overnight will give you the best results and the fluffiest pancakes! However, you’ll still get a yummy result if you skip that step.
Storage and leftovers
How long do sourdough pancakes last?
Store any leftover pancakes in the fridge for up to two days in an airtight container.
Can I freeze sourdough pancakes?
Yes! Store in an airtight, freezer safe container and freeze for up to two months. Remove and warm pancakes in the microwave or toaster before eating.
Tips and tricks
✅ Make a giant batch and freeze pancakes for easy quick breakfasts later.
✅ Stir your favorite fruits, nuts, or chocolate into the batter before cooking!
✅ Try making silver dollar sourdough pancakes by using just a small dollop of batter on the griddle.
Frequently asked questions
Why are my sourdough pancakes gooey?
Your pan or griddle was probably too hot. This causes the outside to cook faster than the inside and you end up with a gooey or gummy center. You want a hot griddle but medium-high heat will work best.
How do I know when to flip my pancakes?
The bubbles! You’ll be able to see bubbles forming in the batter of your cooking pancake, when those bubbles begin to pop, it’s time to flip.
What toppings should I serve my sourdough pancakes with?
We love a traditional butter and syrup topping but there are so many fun options! Try mixed berries and whipped cream or nutella and bananas.
What to enjoy with homemade sourdough pancakes (serving suggestions)
We love any sourdough recipe as much as the next guy but these pancakes are one of our top choices! Make them alongside some breakfast sliders, air fryer bacon, and fried eggs with spinach and peppers.
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How to Make Sourdough Pancakes
- 1 cup sourdough starter, unfed/discard (227 grams)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (280 grams)
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (28 grams)
- 2 cups buttermilk (454 grams)
- Overnight sponge
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ cup vegetable oil or 4 tablespoons (57 grams) butter, melted (50 grams)
- ¾ teaspoon salt (4.5 grams)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda (5 grams)
- In a small bowl, beat the eggs into the oil or butter. Add to the overnight sponge and gently mix together until just combined.
- Add salt and baking soda and stir again until just combined.
- Preheat and lightly grease your griddle or frying pan. Scoop 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake and place on griddle. Be sure to give the pancakes room to spread and allow for space for flipping the pancake.
- Flip pancakes over when you see bubbles form and pop on top of the pancake. The pancakes bottom should also be golden brown. Flip over, and allow the second side to brown.
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