How to Make Sourdough Pancakes & Waffles

This sourdough recipe is featured in “You Can Ferment That: Sourdough” in the May/June 2020 Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your free trial to access this article and more sourdough recipes online!

By Amahl Turczyn

While many sourdough pancake recipes are simply standard 5-minute morning-of recipes that call for a sourdough starter addition to lend a bit of tang, this recipe, based on one provided by King Arthur Flour, incorporates an overnight, do-ahead pre-ferment.

This sponge allows more sour dough flavor to develop, although baking soda is also added last minute. Bicarbonate of soda, when combined with low-pH buttermilk and starter in the batter, produces CO2, which then acts as a leavening agent.

Real buttermilk is a fermented good in its own right, but most “cultured buttermilks” you can buy are pasteurized, …

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