Starter Sourdough Pancakes

Eat Drink Eat Sourdough Pancake Recipe

Have you heard of starter bread (a.k.a. friendship bread) before?  I have, but never had the opportunity to have one of my own … that is until my mother-in-law said she was looking for one and found out our friend Mariah has had one for a long time.  So, I have a starter in my fridge now that I love and nurture each week.

If you don’t have a starter, you can make one or even buy one for that matter.  Check out the ‘how to’ here from Bread Cetera.  They just get better and better with time so that’s why it’s nice to “borrow” from someone else.

Mariah gave us a few great recipes, and this sourdough pancake recipe was super tasty.  I added the strawberries (because I add them to pretty much anything I can).  They actually kind of taste like buttermilks with that same slight tang.

Here is what you need:

1/2 cup sourdough starter

2 cups flour

2 cups lukewarm water

2 Tbs sugar

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

3 Tbs canola or vegetable oil

2 eggs

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 Tbs water

Basket of washed strawberries, sliced


Take out 1/2 cup of the sourdough starter and pour into a large bowl.  Add the flour and water and wisk until smooth.

Eat Drink Eat Sourdough Starter Pancakes

Tip: for thicker pancakes you can let these mixed ingredients sit on the counter overnight, I made them right away and they were more like crepes.

When you are ready, add the sugar, salt, baking powder and oil to the batter.  Then beat in the 2 eggs.

Eat Drink Eat Sourdough Pancake Mix

Heat the water in  the microwave for 30 seconds and dissolve the baking soda in it.  Fold in.

Eat Drink Eat Sourdough Pancake Secret Dissolve Baking Soda

Heat a skillet and butter it so the cakes won’t stick.

Eat Drink Eat Pancakes on the Griddle

Pancakes are ready to flip when they start to bubble.  I like when they get a teeny bit of crust from the butter around the edges.

Eat Drink Eat Pancakes get a little crispy on the edges

Makes about 6 servings.

Eat Drink Eat Strawberry Pankcake Recipe 1


Eat Drink Eat Strawberry Pancake Recipe 2


Zoey loved them – she is two years old and actually said the word “delicious”!  I’m pretty sure my sister taught her how to say that – and wow was it cute.

Eat Drink Eat Sourdough Pancakes Zoey

I love breakfast – here are some of my other favorites:

Sausage Waffles

French Toast Strata

DIY Granola

So, who else has a starter?  I’m looking for more recipes to try!  Like this sourdough bread recipe I recently made…yum.




  1. love me some sourdough pancakes! the starter you are using was a 5th wedding anniversary present to my parents, so it is 37 yrs old. so yummy!


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