While experimenting on my pizza dough recipes, I ended up purchasing a Sourdough Starter Kit from Breadtopia. http://www.breadtopia.com/ I followed the directions to the letter of the law and created a sourdough starter monster. It’s like a kid. You have to constantly feed it (equal weights of distilled water and bread flour). I finally got to the point where I could keep it in the fridge to slow its voracious appetite and activity down.
When you have a starter, I am learning that you have to figure out uses of it to keep it active and flavorful. . My wife enjoys a pancake now and then so I made her a batch last Sunday to celebrate her last day of summer. So I poked around and found a pancake recipe on breadtopia.com from a poster called Jacki. It’s crazy how active (bubbling) this living batter is when it’s fed and has some sugar. It’s like bubbling lava.
The pancake has a great sourdough flavor and it was light but not cakey. Not too shabby.
2 cups of sourdough starter
1 ¾ cups of bread flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp of salt
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup melted butter
A touch of vanilla extract (optional)
1. Remove two cups of your sourdough starter from the fridge and put into a bowl and cover over night. I keep mine in the oven (off).
2. When ready to make your pancakes you punch down your starter dough because it likely grew over night.
Beat your eggs and add to your starter with some milk and stir. Then add your dry ingredients slowly while whisking.
3Lastly add your melted butter and vanilla extract and stir until combined. Griddle on medium heat that has been butters. I used about 1/4 – 2/3 cup for each pancake.
Top with a little butter, syrup or anything else that sounds good.