What better way to start 2017 than to begin with a special breakfast, which is what my husband and I did on January 1st! If any of you were inspired to make a sourdough starter after my sourdough bread post here, or may be interested in starting one in the future, you will love this recipe. I'm happy to report that the sourdough starter that I began last October is still alive and well!
One of the more important steps of maintaining a sourdough starter is feeding it about once a week with flour and water. Knowing that, if you don't get rid of some of it occasionally, you will have far too much starter to store in your refrigerator and it will become too cumbersome to manage. So, in order to maintain a happy sourdough starter, you need to remove some of it before you feed the rest. This is called 'unfed' starter.
Instead of tossing that excess starter down the sink, you can make these delicious sourdough waffles (or pancakes). Honestly, these are the most delicious, lightest and crispiest waffles I've ever made with just a hint of sourdough flavor. My husband proclaimed them the best waffles he's ever had.
My favorite waffle topping is applesauce or pure maple syrup, but I decided to make something a little more festive to start the new year and pureed a cup of frozen strawberries and raspberries along with a small splash (1-2 tablespoons) of orange juice, a squeeze of honey for sweetness and a 1-2 teaspoons of chia seeds for thickness. Next time I'm going to try a blend of berries and applesauce!
As with most sourdough recipes, you do need to plan ahead. The evening before, the starter gets mixed with buttermilk, flour and light brown sugar and is covered and left on the kitchen counter overnight. In the morning, egg, vanilla and melted butter (or oil) is added to complete the batter. Now you're ready to make some of the most wonderfully tasty waffles or pancakes you've ever eaten! If you don't have a sourdough starter to use, you could substitute plain, Greek yogurt with active yogurt culture (such as Fage, Chobani, etc) for the starter in the recipe below.
Here's to a great start to 2017!
Sourdough Waffles or PancakesPrintable Recipe
Note: This recipe can be halved for 2 people...Half of one large egg is 1/8 cup of beaten egg
For the overnight sponge:
1 cup (240 grams) unfed sourdough starter (or substitute plain, Greek yogurt)
1 cup (224 grams) buttermilk (if you don't have buttermilk, just add 1 tablespoon white vinegar or fresh lemon juice to a 1 cup measure and then fill with milk)
1 cup (120 grams) all-purpose flour or a mixture of AP and whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon (about 13 grams) light brown sugar
For the morning batter:
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons melted butter or neutral oil (coconut oil would be a great choice)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon (3 grams)salt
1 teaspoon (6 grams) baking soda
Pour the sourdough starter into a large bowl and add the buttermilk, flour and sugar, then stir to combine. Cover the bowl and allow it to rest overnight on the kitchen counter.
The next morning, preheat a waffle iron or large frying pan. Whisk the egg, melted butter (or oil) and the vanilla extract together in a medium bowl, then add the rested sponge. Add the salt and the baking soda to the batter and mix to combine.
Spray the waffle iron or frying pan lightly with nonstick cooking oil.
Pour some batter onto the preheated waffle iron and cook until the waffle is brown and crisp and repeat with remaining batter. For pancakes, pour a small ladle-full of batter on a preheated pan or griddle, flipping them when they are well browned on the bottom. Serve immediately.
Adapted from King Arthur Flour and the New York Times