Sourdough Pancakes

Total Time:
33 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
8 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
14 pancakes
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 cups sourdough starter, recipe follows
  • Sourdough Starter:
  • 2 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons yeast
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
Directions

In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs.

In a separate bowl, add sugar, salt, baking soda, and water and mix until incorporated. Add to beaten eggs. Add sourdough starter to mixture and beat with wooden spoon. Do not beat too long.

Spoon on griddle in 1/4 cup amounts. When bubbles appear on top of pancakes, turn over. Cook until golden brown.

This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The FN chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.

Sourdough Starter:

In a large bowl, combine the water, yeast, and honey and mix well. Add the flour and mix until all of flour is incorporated. Cover with a towel or loosely with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm place overnight. Refrigerate.

When using the starter, remove 2 cups to use for the pancakes. Add 2 cups flour and 2 more cups warm water to the starter. Cover and refrigerate. If you don't use your starter for more than 3 days, it needs to be fed. Remove 1 cup and discard. Add 1 cup flour and 1 cup warm water, cover and refrigerate.

Note: Never place the starter in a container with a tightly closing lid. The pressure from the gases could cause the container to explode. It is best kept in a bowl covered with plastic wrap.


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    Best Pancakes I have ever tasted.  
    I agree with conservativeham. Add the baking soda and water when the griddle is getting hot. Love those Bubbles!  
    Life is good with a powerful sourdough starter at the ready!
    Best pancakes I've had in my whole life! Did not use the starter recipe; had starter that was made with "natural yeast" (fermented grape skins method). REVISE THIS RECIPE: The eggs should be well beaten first, then add all ingredients EXCEPT the baking soda & water (dissolve the soda in the water). Add the baking soda mixture LAST to create all those lovely tiny bubbles in the batter ;)
    FIVE STARS... 
    I also used my own sourdough starter I have had for a long time and added the baking soda & water mix last. My wife got me the most perfect pears from Harry and David for Fathers Day. Sliced thin Quarter size pieces in to the batter.  
    HANDS DOWN, THE BEST PANCAKES I HAVE EVER TASTED!!!
    Excellent, easy. light. Everyone LOVED them. I made the starter the night before and added the honey (optional).
    They tasted like regular pancakes for me! I didn't get that 'sour' taste I was craving. Could this have been from mixing in the tbsp of honey into the starter or not mixing in egg mixture well enough?
    You did not follow the recipe correctly. You should have DISSOLVED the baking soda in the tablespoon of lukewarm water then blended it into the sourdough batter LAST, i.e. just before you were ready to start cooking the pancakes on the griddle. Also, NEVER mix your starter in a plastic nor metal mixing bowl. Beat those eggs together very well FIRST, then add your ingredients to the beaten eggs.
    The recipe was so easy, I was surprised that it worked. I have a batch of starter that I got from the California Culinary Academy wher I am a student. So that part was easy.
     
     Tha pancakes were light, fluffy, and absolutely delicious. The sour tase came through spectacularly. I live in the San Francisco area, so you know I have tasted good sourdough.
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