I adapted this sourdough pancake recipe from the wonderful sourdough cookbook called Alaska Sourdough by Ruth Allman.
During the Klondike gold rush of 1898, it was
said that a real "Alaskan Sourdough" would just as soon spend a year in the
hills without his rifle, as to tough it through without his bubbling
sourdough pot! Since food was scare, food provisions were more valuable than
gold. In extreme cold, miners would put the dough ball under their clothes,
next to their skin, or tuck it into their bedroll with them at night,
anything to keep the sourdough alive.
This great pancake recipe is a good way to use
some of your extra sourdough starter. You couldn't ask for an easier pancake recipe that this one, and the pancakes
are so light that they "melt in your mouth." My family loves these
pancake, and it has become a tradition to make them when they come to visit.
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Sourdough Pancakes - How To Make Sourdough Pancakes
Brunch and Breakfast,
Yields: 4 servings
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 5 min
sourdough starter, room temperature*
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
In a large bowl, add sourdough starter, sugar, egg, olive oil, and salt; mix well; set aside.
In a small bowl, dilute 1 teaspoon baking
soda in 1 tablespoon of warm water; set aside until ready to bake your pancakes.
Important: Only add the baking soda/water mixture to the pancake batter just before you are ready to cook the pancakes.
Make certain everything is ready to go, the griddle hot, so the Sourdough can be cooked while the air is still working in the batter.
This will produce light sourdough pancakes that melt in your mouth.
When ready to cook your sourdough pancakes, fold the baking soda/water mixture gently into the
prepared pancake batter (do not beat). This will cause a gentle foaming and rising action in the batter. Let the mixture bubble and foam
a minute or two before using.
Heat up a lightly-greased griddle (I like to use my
cast-iron skillet griddle) until fairly hot; then pour the sourdough pancake batter onto the griddle.
For each pancake, pour 1/4 to 1/2 cup sourdough pancake batter onto hot griddle. I have that using my soup ladle makes the perfect size pancakes.
Cook the pancakes 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown
and bubbly. Remove from heat and serve.
Because I have an oven warming drawer, I usually keep the prepared pancakes on a plate in the warming drawer
until they are all cooked, and then I served them to my family. If you don't have a warming drawer, just turn your oven on low and use it the same way.
Serve with your favorite toppings.
Yields 4 servings.
Sourdough Pancake Variations:
Blueberry Sourdough Pancakes:
Combine 1 cup blueberries dusted with 2 tablespoons sugar; let stand a few minutes.
Gently fold blueberries into the batter just before adding the baking soda mixture.
I also just sprinkle blueberries onto the raw side of the hotcakes and then
flip them over when the cooked side is nicely browned. In fact, I usually do it this way.
Grate some tart apples into the batter before adding the baking soda mixture.
Thinly slice or mash banana into the batter before adding baking soda mixture.