Sourdough starter requires feeding every single day. In order to properly feed a sourdough starter we must first remove a portion of the starter that is in our sourdough crock. This portion that we remove is called sourdough discard, and if I’m being honest, it hurts my heart to toss it in the compost bin. Wouldn’t it be great if we could cook it into something amazing? Well guess what? YOU CAN! How about making sourdough pancakes using your sourdough discard?
- 1/2 Stick Melted but cooled butter
- 2 Large Eggs Room temp
- 3/4 Cup Milk We use Oat Milk, but regular milk works too.
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1 Cup Sourdough starter discard Fed or Unfed. Either one is fine.
- 1 Cup Unbleached All Purpose Flour Can also use Whole Wheat Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 tsp Salt
- Stir all of your wet ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
- Mix all of your dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
- Then add your mixed dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, and stir until a smooth batter is formed. If you think your batter is too runny, add small amounts of flour until desired consistency.
- If you think your batter is too runny, add small amounts of flour until desired consistency. If you think your batter is too thick, add small amounts of milk until desired consistency. Everyone has a different preference.
- Pour approximately 1/2 cup of batter onto your greased skillet or griddle and cook until golden brown on both sides.
Cooking with sourdough has become more than just a hobby. It is a way of life. Not only is sourdough good for you because it helps promote a healthy gut, but it is good for you because it lacks all of those nasty chemicals added to store-bought or packaged products that keep it from spoiling too quickly. Knowing where our food comes from is important to me. I may not be able to avoid store-bought products completely, but small changes add up to a lot. Making changes where I can is more beneficial than making none just because I can’t avoid it completely. And besides… cooking with sourdough makes me feel old-fashioned ON PURPOSE!
Sourdough pancakes are super yummy and so much healthier than frozen pancakes or even a box of pancake mix. I used to keep frozen pancakes in my freezer for my girls because it was so easy for them to wake up before school and pop them in the microwave for breakfast. I can still do that, but now I just cook them myself before freezing them! I also try to keep fresh fruit and whipped cream available for them rather than sugary syrup, although I will admit that a warm sourdough pancake with butter and warm maple syrup sounds amazing right about now. There are so many delicious recipes you can make with your sourdough discard, but sourdough pancakes may be a favorite of ours for sure!