|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 4 to 6|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 20g||25%|
|Saturated Fat 9g||45%|
|Total Carbohydrate 58g||21%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||8%|
|Total Sugars 28g|
|Vitamin C 7mg||35%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
It's a sourdough baker's constant conundrum: What to do with all that discard? Lucky for us, the answer is quite simple, thanks to an overflow of discard ideas. From the sweet (hello, cinnamon rolls!) to the savory (buttery, flaky biscuits, anyone?), there's truly no shortage of dishes to level up with your discard.
One of our all-time favorite recipes to boost with some sourdough flavor is pancakes. With the addition of discard, the breakfast and brunch staple becomes pleasantly chewy with a light texture and sweet, tangy flavor.
If you already have sourdough starter in your refrigerator, this recipe comes together easily. But it does require some planning ahead, since the pancake batter has to sit on the countertop overnight. Come morning, you simply mix in the other ingredients and get them on the griddle.
Why Does the Batter Need to Sit Overnight?
Like sourdough bread, these pancakes start with a sponge (also called the levain or preferment) made from the discard, flour, and milk. Leaving the sponge to sit overnight allows the yeast to ferment, leaving you with a bubbly mixture that'll add the wonderful tangy aroma that sourdough is known for.
Once you're ready to mix everything together in the morning, be sure to check that the melted butter is completely cooled (but still liquid) before adding it to the batter. If warm butter combines with cold ingredients, it will solidify into clumps.
The Secret to Perfectly Light and Golden Sourdough Pancakes
It's all in the heat. The key to cooking up golden, yet light pancakes is an even low heat. This is especially important for sourdough pancakes because the batter is thicker and therefore takes more time to cook through than typical pancakes. If the heat is too high, the pancakes will burn on the outside while remaining uncooked on the inside.
What to Serve With Sourdough Pancakes
Serve these sourdough pancakes with some fresh berries and maple syrup, or top them with powdered sugar, butter, or fruit syrup. Complete your meal with crispy bacon or your favorite breakfast sausage.
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"Those who maintain sourdough starter for bread baking are always looking for ways to use the discard. These pancakes had a delicious depth of flavor thanks to the starter, and their texture was amazingly tender and light. I got 14 pancakes out of 1 batch of batter, using a 1/4 cup measure." —Danielle Centoni
1/2 cup sourdough starter
1 cup whole milk
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 large eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Neutral oil, such as vegetable or canola oil (or butter), for greasing the pan or griddle
Maple syrup, garnish
Powdered sugar, garnish
Melted butter, garnish
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Combine the sourdough starter with the milk and flour in a large bowl that is big enough to allow the mixture to rise.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave it on the counter overnight; the batter needs to rise and continue to develop its sourdough flavor. This will be your overnight sponge and the base for the pancakes.
In the morning, add the beaten eggs, sugar, baking powder, and salt to the sourdough starter mixture. Whisk until combined and smooth.
Whisk in the cooled melted butter and the vanilla extract. The batter will be very thick and almost like a slack bread dough after you are done mixing.
Heat up a cast-iron skillet or griddle over medium-high heat and add a little bit of neutral oil or butter. Turn the heat down to medium-low and ladle 1/4 cup batter to the skillet. Cook for a few minutes until bubbles start forming on top and the pancakes are browned on the underside.
Flip the pancakes over and cook for another minute on the other side. It doesn't take as long on the second side, so watch carefully. Repeat with the remaining batter.
Serve the pancakes with fresh berries, maple syrup, powdered sugar, and/or melted butter.