Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Recipe: Sourdough pancakes

I'm a bit loathe to really call this one a recipe, since it's just a frugal and economical way of making sure that the bits I discard from my sourdough starter Lorenzo are put to good use.  Because frankly, I'm cheap like that.

Sourdough starter is a wonderful little thing, with a personality all of its own. Sometimes Lorenzo is bubbly and active and other times he sits there like a smelly blob. I'm yet to figure him out completely (in fact I'm yet to make a loaf I'm completely happy with too). What I do know is that he requires regular feeding, and along with that regular feeding comes frequent discarding too. Waste isn't really something I'm ok with, so Ellie and I did some investigation and decided sourdough pancakes sounded amazing.

We've made several batches now and I think adding the starter makes them really delicious - they seem to rise beautifully and make equally good sweet or savoury versions. With today being Shrove Tuesday, I thought it a great opportunity to share. Also, I'll take any excuse to eat pancakes!


Sourdough Pancakes

Ingredients:
  • 1 portion sourdough starter (I'll use 'portion' and take all other measurements in reference to that)
  • 1.5 portions milk of your choice (I used almond)
  • 1 portion plain flour, or a little more if you prefer your pancakes thicker (this will also depend on the hydration level of your starter)
  • pinch of salt
  • tablespoon of coconut oil
Method:
  1. Stir all the ingredients together in a bowl (ensure the coconut oil is melted first).
  2. Heat a frypan and add a small amount of coconut oil. Pour the batter in and cook on both sides until lovely and golden.

Notes:
  • I don't add sugar to my pancake batter as Ellie changes her mind constantly about what she wants atop them. Sometimes it's maple syrup and fruit, sometimes vegemite (yes really). So I leave the mixture plain and let the toppings be the star. You could easily make a sweeter batter if that's your preference.
  • I make small pikelet sized pancakes as that means I can do more of them at once, to feed the Fork hoards faster. Larger ones are also delicious.
How do you eat your pancakes?

1 comment:

  1. How delicious! These look like a gorgeous outcome from your bread baking.

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