This recipe is great for using up extra sourdough starter. As an extra bonus, it is a super quick and healthy breakfast! There is no fermenting time involved, because there's no additional flour and the flour in the starter has already been fermented. If you have a sourdough starter, you understand that in order to keep your starter active you have to feed it, even if it's kept the fridge. To keep it from growing and taking over your kitchen, you need to either use it, or "discard" it. I am not about to throw out perfectly good sourdough starter, especially when I am using whole Einkorn flour. That's money in the trash; instead, I make pancakes or waffles!
Easy Sourdough Pancakes and Waffles
Makes 9 pancakes
1 Cup Sourdough Starter
1 Tbsp. Pure Maple Syrup or Honey
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Vanilla, optional
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1 Tbsp. Healthy Oil or Fat; for waffles only. *See notes for waffles
Whisk together starter, eggs, sweetener, salt, and vanilla.
Add baking soda to batter and whisk together.
Cook on a hot 375-400 degree griddle.
Over-mixing can make pancakes chewy instead of light and fluffy. For this reason, it's best to use a hand whisk for pancake batter.
If your batter is runny, there are two likely reasons:
1. Your baking soda is too old.
2. Your flour is not ground fine enough. This often happens when flour is ground in a blender or coffee grinder. This can be remedied by blending your batter in a blender, before adding baking soda.
I recommend increasing recipe by 2 to 3 times for waffles. A doubled recipe makes 4 1/2 round Beligian style waffles.
Remember to add the oil/fat for waffles. It should be liquified. If you melt something like coconut oil, gently melt it so it's not too hot. Don't add hot oil directly to the eggs, or you'll end up with scrambled eggs.
Banana Pancake Variation
1 Mashed Banana
1/2 tsp. Coconut Extract, Optional
1/4 tsp. Cinnamon, Optional
Macademia Nuts, Optional. Sprinkle Nuts Over Pancakes Before Serving, or Sprinkle Nuts Into Batter While It Cooks On First Side.
Pumpkin Pancake Variation:
1/2 Cup Pumpkin Puree
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
Pecans, Optional. Sprinkle Pecans Over Pancakes Before Serving, or Sprinkle Pecans Into Batter While It Cooks On First Side.