Sourdough Pancakes

Sourdough Pancakes

Sourdough starter is a wonderful thing – I’ve not yet used mine to make bread, but already my nose and mouth have developed an appreciation for all it can convey. Take these pancakes, for instance; never before has a pancake been so flavourful, complex or versatile. Indeed, what you see before you are equally suited to both sweet and savoury toppings – there need be no limit to your imagination here. Just you wait!

The thing about sourdough is that it demands regular feeding (either weekly or twice daily, depending on ambient temperature). Feeding isn’t really a problem – it’s rather like having a lack lustre pet – but it does necessitate a certain amount of discarding (unless you intend to invest in a sourdough pool). Of course, since waste isn’t an option a solution was vital. Happily, sourdough pancakes are strikingly simple, delish and make good use of starter otherwise destined for the bin.

The recipe below is a very quick rendition and yields relatively mild pancakes. If you prefer something a little more ‘sour’ feel at perfect liberty to mix together the starter, flour and milk the evening before use to be left to stand. Either way, you’ll find them the perfect start to any day of the week – full of flavour and energy.

Sourdough Pancakes

Local connection: This recipe was made possible by Joanna of Zeb Bakes. Joanna is a Bristol-based food blogger and sourdough wonder who kindly agreed to provide me with my first starter. As such, any sourdough recipe that appears here is directly attributable to her fair hand!

Sourdough Pancakes {recipe}

Makes 8-10


• 100ml sourdough starter

• 150ml whole milk

• 120g plain flour

• 2 eggs

• 25 butter, extra to serve

• A pinch of salt


1. Break the eggs into a large bowl, stir in the milk, flour, sourdough and add a pinch of salt. Melt the butter and incorporate too.

2. Heat a heavy-based frying pan and apply a small amount of oil across its surface. Use a ladle to tip in a little mixture at a time – cook on both sides until golden. Serve in a stack with a knob of salted butter.

Cost: The beauty of this recipe is that it avoids unnecessary waste. As such, I’m loath to put a price on it, but these things must be done. These pancakes, which should feed four, will set you back around 80p – a bargain!

98 thoughts on “Sourdough Pancakes

  1. spree

    I see that you like pancakes with your butter, Nick! :) Aren’t sourdough pancakes just the Best? I’ve got some sourdough starter on the counter that I take care of like a pet…I think it’s time it gave me some pancakes….You’ve made me hungry for the weekend’s breakfast already.

  2. AllForABoy

    I just love my sour dough starter and I use it all the time! However I have never made pancakes with it…until reading this! I’m now headed to the kitchen to pull out my starter and get a sponge going for breakfast! Thank You!! AllForABoy

  3. kristina

    What a smart idea to use up what would otherwise be wasted – besides if it means more pancakes, I’m in.

    However, my most lacklustre pet ever was the pet rock we had to “care for” in elementary (primary) school for a few weeks. There was probably a reason for it but for the life of me I can’t recall why. A sourdough starter seems positively animated after that!

  4. Elly McCausland

    I’ve often been intrigued by sourdough pancakes, but have never got round to giving them a go. I’m very tempted by your lovely photos though! Also, you have a real treat in store when you get round to baking your first loaf!

      1. A Taste of Wintergreen

        Your pancakes are fantastic!
        If you have readers looking for sourdough starter – I ordered some (free) dried 1847 Oregon Trail starter which was sent from the USA to Canada (made it through the border without incident!). All the addresses are in the link above. Love your blog!

  5. swim5b

    They look AWESOME. Actually we like pancakes for dinner, sometimes with a slice of porkroll or a fresh Italian Sauage. YUMMO!!!!!
    I guess I need to get a starter go-in

  6. Carolyn Chan

    Lucky you with getting the sourdough starter ! I have always fancied starting my own so I can make sourdough bread but your pancakes are a great idea too. And looking at the comments so far, looks like everyone’s getting on the sourdough train !

  7. Joanna

    Thanks for the name check Nick! You can minimise waste by reducing the amount of ‘chef’ starter that you keep to a very small quantity. It will tick over quite happily on a weight of 50 – 100 grams of mixed flour and water. What is the cost of 25 g of flour? a few pennies? You can always dry the starter and grind it up and add it in to a yeasted loaf as a flavouring too if you get fed up with pancakes, though they look so good that might take you a while.

    1. Admin Post author

      But I don’t want to minimise it :D – where would the pancakes come from? Still, it’s good to let others know – cheers!

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  9. Korena in the Kitchen

    Welcome to the sourdough club! I love sourdough pancakes but I’d sort of forgotten about them – thanks for the reminder. Yours look great! PS – self hosting now? How did the switch over go? I’m considering it…

  10. anelim

    Awesome blog! I’m glad you visited my page so I dicovered it. I agree with the frugality approach – from a health, ecological and financial perspective alike (also these pancakes look irresistible).

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  13. Christina

    Had these for breakfast this morning with a mountain of fruit and true Canadian maple syrup. Wonderful, SO soft and fluffy with a great tang of sourdough. Cheers for recipe, and means to use starter discard. Note: if you store your sourdough in the fridge it’ll settle pretty happily for couple weeks before feeding again and a little discarding. But of course, keeping it thriving and making pancakes is more fun.

  14. baconbiscuit212

    Good for you for nursing your first starter! These pancakes look perfect. Mine never some out so well. Bravo, Nick!

    And great move to self-hosting. I hope to do that myself one day. It feels like leaving the nest!

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  18. The Critical Eye

    Hi! Thanks for liking my post :) These pancakes look really great, i will definitely try them after lent. On Sunday I made Vegan pancakes from a recipe I found on Post Punk Kitchen and I was amazed at how good they are. I never thought dairy free / egg free pancakes would work…but they do! I’ll be posting a photo of what they looked like soon :)

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  20. Allison (Spontaneous Tomato)

    Wonderful idea! We definitely end up with some extra sourdough starter every weekend when we wake up a little batch from our fridge. I will plan to try this soon! (Probably with almond milk instead of whole milk, but otherwise following your recipe… yum.)

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