Friday, October 21, 2011

Sourdough Pancakes

Are you loving Fall, well, here's one of our favorite recipes and it's on the house! 

Our little granddaughter was born in Arizona a week ago, so this past week we soaked up one more week of summer weather.  We returned to Idaho yesterday and were so excited to see the autumn leaves in our own backyard!  We had to put on sweaters while our house warmed up and we sipped pumpkin herbal tea by a roaring fire last night.

It seems that our weekends have been filled with company, family, football and pancake parties!  It's such a delicious way to start a chilly morning.  I often remember platefuls of  my mom's fragrant sourdough pancakes with hot maple syrup.  They were so tender and would "melt in your mouth!" 

I promise those gathered round your table will feel the love and you don't have to have a 3 year-old sourdough starter to pull it off.  You have to plan the day before and mix flour, water and yeast together.  Cover it and set it in a warm place for 12 to 18 hours.  I put mine in the oven with the light on and it bubbles with happiness!

Here's my starter.....

save at least 1/2 a cup for the next time...

follow the directions and add all the ingredients...

pour onto a hot griddle and have fun flipping...

and you will have 9 to 10 golden, light, fluffy, perfect pancakes... fabulous for Fall!!!

Sourdough Pancakes

S O U R D O U G H   S T A R T E R

  • 1 package or 1 tablespoon dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 cups flour
To make your starter, dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup of warm water.  In a medium bowl, add remaining water and flour and mix all three ingredients well.  Lightly cover and let stand in a warm place, your oven with the light on or cupboard overnight.  In the morning, the batter will have gained half again it's bulk and will be covered with air bubbles.  It will have a pleasant yeasty odor.  Put 1/2 cup of the starter in a scalded pint jar, cover and store in the refrigerator (or a cool place) to use in the future in place of the dry yeast.  Leave room for expansion in the container, or set the lid on without tightening it.  This is the sourdough starter.  Starter will keep almost indefinitely in a clean, covered glass container in the refrigerator.  Never use a metal container or leave a metal spoon in the starter or batter.  If unused for several weeks, the starter may need to sit out an extra night before adding flour and water.

S O U R D O U G H   P A N C A K E    B A T T E R

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 to 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar  
Dissolve soda in water and set aside.  In a large bowl, beat the remaining sourdough batter (you should have about 2 cups left).  Add eggs, oil, salt, and sugar to batter and blend well.  Add soda-water mixture just before baking.  The batter for the sourdough pancakes should be the same consistency as the batter for other hot cakes.  Pour scoops of batter onto hot griddle, turning once and cooking until golden brown.  Serve with favorite toppings.

To make sourdough waffles, use the basic hot cake recipe, but add two extra tablespoons of oil.  Add the oil, the the soda-water mixture, and bake at once according to the directions that come with your waffle iron.

Makes 9 to 10 6-inch hot cakes.  You can double, triple or quadruple this recipe easily.  Save 1/2 cup of starter for each batch...because you will want to do it all again!

(illustrated by Susan Branch)

AND spectacular sourdough pancakes on lazy weekend mornings!

Make it a great one and thanks for checking in.
I've been extra busy with new babies, little grands and am working hard to reply to your comments.  


  1. I have never made sour dough pancakes, and we love pancakes around here, especially my husband. There's something about pancakes for supper that sort of feels comforting and homey.

    Now, if I can just get him to remember that the jar in the fridge is NOT some old leftover that needs to be tossed out, I'll be doing good. He is prone to random fridge inspection and purging.

  2. Ha! Ha! Thanks Debbie for reminding me, LABEL your jar of sourdough starter!!

  3. These sound so good! I love pancakes in the fall and winter and I can't wait to try a sourdough version.

  4. We love pancakes at our house - topped with butter and warmed maple syrup. Our local butcher does sausages with real maple syrup and I always buy those to go with the pancakes. I've never tried to make sourdough, but you make it sound easy!

  5. How perfect to served to show your love! They look delicious!

  6. Sounds good Gnee! I've never heard of making pancakes with yeast before-enjoy:@)

  7. What a wonderful fall breakfast!!! Hope you're having a great weekend.

  8. Love these and I love fall. I have made yeasted pancakes before, but not with sourdough. Joni

  9. Your time sounds busy busy! Glad you were able to come home to beautiful leaves.
    It has been a gorgeous fall this year here as well. Only snowed once so far and you know that's a good day.

    The pancakes look divine. That is good to know about the sourdough starter. I really thought it had to be old stuff.

  10. I am sooo excited! My daughter has been making sourdough starter for her culinary school and I ended up with some and have just made bread so far but wanted to branch out. These will be perfect to try. I am definitely pinning these.

  11. ooh-looks good! i made my first attempt at baking pumpkin choc chip cookies, and they were really good.

    love that first word art image!

  12. I just discovered your blog. I, too, love Fall. We lived in Arizona for 4 years and the thing I missed most was the change of seasons.
    We lived in Meridian for 7 years and I vowed never to leave but my husband's job took us back to Utah and we're loving it here once again.
    Your pancakes look delicious.
    How wonderful for you to get two new grand babies. We welcomed a new grandson on the 19th of October and I have two more daughters due in December.
    Hope you have a wonderful day. Thanks for letting me visit.

  13. Sounds to me like you and I are doing many of the same is so wonderful. I too an loving Fall, resisted it but it is just so loving it. I also love sour dough pancakes, they are light and so good! ;D


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