Sourdough pancakes with assorted toppings

South Africans love their crumpets (pancakes). However, we usually don’t eat them with syrup. I love my pancakes with fruit preserves and whipped cream.

The first time I made a pancake, I was about 8 years old. My dad who is a medical doctor, left my brother and I and my two cousins at one of his medical offices. This medical office had a kitchen at the back. My cousins, brother and I decided to make a big pancake. The pancake didn’t seem to want to cook. I thought that we may have put in too much liquid. I had a great idea to thicken it with “Rowntree’s Quality Street” chocolates. We unwrapped the entire tin of assorted chocolates and threw it into the pancake batter. Not only did we waste all the chocolates, we also fell asleep waiting for the pancake to cook!

When my parents came to pick us up, the pancake was still not cooked. It turns out that the stove was broken! Needless to say, from a very young age, I loved experimenting with pancake batter.

I love these chewy, moist pancakes.  Whenever I don’t feel like making bread and need to use starter discards, I’ll make these pancakes for breakfast. It has a chewier body and texture like a swedish pancake, a little more dense than a regular pancake with an interesting mouthfeel and complex taste.  Regular pancakes to me feel and taste flat.   It requires overnight preparation but it is well worth it.  Experiment with your toppings.  Instead of just the plain old maple syrup, try experimenting with an apple cinnamon maple syrup or a pina colada or fresh peach topping!  Let me know what you think!

Tips for making sourdough pancakes

When using Sammy Wong's Kitchen's starter maintenance regimen, set aside 20 grams of starter for feeding for future use

Starter with buttermilk

Starter with buttermilk, flour and sugar

In a large mixing bowl, stir together remaining unfed starter, flour, sugar and milk.  Cover and let rest at a cool temperature for about 12 hours, making a type of levain.  If the kitchen is too cold, the sourdough will be slow to activate. If this happens, place the batter in a oven with the light turned on for an hour before adding the egg.

The (milk) pancake batter should be bubbly and active. Sourdough batter will have less bubbles.

In a small bowl, beat together the egg, vanilla extract, salt, oil or melted butter, baking soda and baking powder. This mixture may bubble.  Gently fold into the levain, making sure that the batter does not deflate. Pour the batter onto preheated non-stick skillet or oiled steel.  See Cooking Golden Pancakes

Sourdough pancake recipe

Sourdough (milk) pancakes have a lot more bubbles than regular pancakes

When to flip a pancake

Pancakes are ready to flip when about half of the height of the batter looks cooked and a few bubbles remain open.

Flip when bubbles appear. Serve warm with my favorite,  macerated strawberries and cream!

Stack of pancakes
Sourdough pancakes with assorted toppings

SOURDOUGH MILK PANCAKES

Michelle Sam
These delicious pancakes have a chewier body and texture with an interesting mouthfeel and complex taste. A great way to use up your starter discards.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Fermentation Time 12 hrs
Total Time 13 hrs
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6 5" pancakes
Calories 182 kcal

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Griddle / Frying pan

Ingredients
 
 

MILK PANCAKES

  • 100 grams Starter discards. Approximately
  • 150 grams all purpose flour
  • 250 ml milk Need milk to thin the batter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 30 ml oil or melted butter
  • 25 grams sugar
  • 3 grams baking powder
  • 3 grams baking soda

Instructions
 

  • Set aside 20 grams of starter for feeding for future use
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together remaining unfed starter, flour, sugar and milk
  • Cover and let rest at a cool temperature overnight, for about 12 hours, making a type of levain
  • In a small bowl, beat together the egg, vanilla extract, salt, oil or melted butter, baking soda and baking powder. This mixture will bubble
  • Gently fold into the levain.
  • Pour the batter onto preheated non-stick skillet or oiled steel.  Flip when bubbles appear. See Cooking Golden Pancakes in Tips & Tricks
  • Sourdough pancakes have a lot more bubbles than regular pancakes
  • Serve warm with my favorite,  macerated strawberries and cream!

Nutrition

Calories: 182kcal
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  1. The pancake tasted good, has different texture than the regular pancake. The temperature of the house makes a big difference when keeping the dough overnight to make it rise and also the egg & butter mixture. The butter solidified. It can’t be too cold and the dough will not rise as it should. Making a sourdough pancake for a first timer it all worked well together! We got to eat a home made sourdough pancake! Practice makes it perfect. Thanks!5 stars

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