Green Apple-Sourdough Pancakes

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 32 min
  • Cook: 8 min
  • Yield: 12 servings
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For the Sourdough Starter:

1 cup whole milk

1 teaspoon active dry yeast (1/2 packet)

1/2 cup apple cider

3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1 cup all-purpose flour

For the Pancakes:

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 large egg, slightly beaten

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 small tart green apple (such as

Granny Smith), unpeeled, diced

1 to 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Maple syrup or honey, for serving

Chopped pecans, for garnish (optional)


  1. Make the sourdough starter: Warm the milk in a small saucepan over low heat to about 110 degrees F. Transfer to a medium bowl, sprinkle with the yeast and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the cider, brown sugar, butter and 1 cup flour until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature overnight.
  2. The next morning, make the pancakes: Whisk 1/2 cup flour, the egg, baking soda and apple into the sourdough starter. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a cast-iron griddle or nonstick skillet over medium heat and swirl to coat. Pour about 1/4 cup batter onto the griddle for each pancake. Cook until the tops are bubbly and the edges set, about 3 minutes, then flip and cook until golden and cooked through, 1 to 2 more minutes. Repeat with the remaining batter, adding more butter as needed. Drizzle with syrup and garnish with pecans, if desired.