Sourdough Pancakes

Cycling your starter during long breaks between bread baking can lead to excess starter if its not used in some way. Some people like to give some away to friends, but others like to put it to other good uses.

As one of our Bread Boss testers said he would rather make pancakes than discard a portion of his starter when not making bread. Great idea!!

Enjoy these delicious sourdough pancakes with fresh cream, blueberries, raspberries, bananas and maple syrup.

Unit size 85g (3.013oz)
Number of loaves 25
Total flour 760g (26.808oz)


The sourdough stage requires a dough temperature 20°C (68°F).

Flour Type

Just a note on the flour type. The best result is gained with an ‘all purpose’ flour. Here in Australia this is usually a lower protein flour, typically with a protein content of around 8%. This flour is usually found in supermarkets. The reason for this is that a high protein flour used for bread making will not produce a pancake with a tender texture as a lower protein flour.

Making the pancake batter means blending the ingredients without achieving gluten bonding. So we err on the side of mixing only as much as needed to blend it all together, nothing more.

Sourdough – Ingredients

Ingredients Measurements
Starter 57g (2.011oz)
All Purpose Flour 380g (13.404oz)
Water 380g (13.404oz)
*342g (26.808oz)

*Starter weight not included in total

Fermentation Time 8 hours
Required Dough Temperature 20°C (68°F)

For detailed instructions go to this link:
How to make a sourdough.

The sourdough created in this stage will be 57g (2.011oz) more than is required in the final dough. This amount could be removed from the sourdough stage before adding it to the final dough and will be your starter for the next time you make pancakes.

bread boss sourdough stage
Sourdough stage in Bread Boss app.

Final Dough/Batter – Ingredients

Ingredients Measurements
Sourdough 760g (26.808oz)
All Purpose Flour 380g (13.404oz)
Caster Sugar 61g (2.145oz)
Eggs 76g (2.681oz)
Vegetable Oil 61g (2.145oz)
Sea salt 8g (0.268oz)
Milk 760g (26.808oz)
2136g (75.331oz)

Basic steps for final dough

  1. Remove the starter amount from the sourdough and save in refrigerator for future batches of pancakes.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to the sourdough.
  3. Add the milk and mix to create a thick batter.
  4. Allow to stand for 5 to 10 minutes.
bread boss final dough stage
Final dough in Bread Boss app

Baking Soda Addition – Ingredients

Ingredients Measurements
Baking Soda 15g (0.536oz)
Water 15g (0.536oz)
*30g (1.072oz)

Basic steps for adding the baking soda addition

  1. Mix together the baking soda and water and leave for a couple of minutes.
  2. Mix through final dough (batter) just before you start cooking the pancakes.
  3. Add butter to skillet and cook each pancake for about 4 minutes on one side until bubbles form on top and then flip and cook until golden.

Adding baking soda at the very end or just before cooking is to capitalise on the acid – alkali reaction which occurs between the sourdough acids and the baking soda. We prefer the carbon dioxide to be generated in the pan during cooking, not before. This will ensure a lighter aerated pancake. It’s true that heat accelerates the reaction but we want as much gas as possible generated during the cooking stage, so we wait until we are ready to cook!!

bread boss baking soda addition
Baking soda addition in Bread Boss app

If you have our app then the alarms are worked out for you, here is an example of the schedule.

Time Action
Sunday 6 am Make sourdough
Sunday 1.45 pm Prepare for the final dough
Sunday 2.00 pm Mix final dough
Sunday 2.10 pm Make baking soda addition
Sunday 2.13 pm Introduce baking soda addition
Sunday 2.15 pm Cook pancakes

Cooking Pancakes

Check out our Bread Boss app on iTunes and the Google Play Store for more recipes and the ability to create your own alarms and recipes:


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