Classic Sourdough Waffles or Pancakes



Classic Sourdough Waffles or Pancakes

Mike Nadelman
Crisp, feathery light, and with a delightful, mild tang, these waffles evoke memories of Gold Rush days in California, when sourdough pancakes, biscuits, and bread were served to miners morning, noon, and night. This recipe also makes great pancakes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 42 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 12 hours 42 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine 49er, American, Sourdough
Servings 2 dozen medium pancakes


  • 1.5-2 cups 241g King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tablespoons 28g sugar or equivalent
  • 2 cups 454g buttermilk - see notes if you don't have it
  • 1 cup 227g sourdough starter, unfed/discard
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup 50g vegetable oil or 4 tablespoons (57g) butter, melted
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  • To make the overnight sponge, stir down your refrigerated starter, and remove 1 cup (227g). Note: This is a good opportunity to feed the remainder, if necessary.
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together the 1 cup (227g) unfed starter, flour, sugar, and buttermilk.
  • Cover and let rest at cool room temperature (about 65°F to 70°F) for about 12 hours, or overnight.
  • In a small bowl or mixing cup, beat together the eggs, and oil or butter. Add to the overnight sponge.



If you don't have buttermilk you have several options:
  • use powdered buttermilk and water
  • use 1 tablespoon of white vinegar in 1 cup of milk stir and wait 10 minutes
  • use 1/4 cup sour cream with 3/4 cup of milk
  • use full-fat coconut milk in place of milk
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