Sourdough pancakes

sourdough pancakes

Today is the first day of school after the winter break and we have had an amazing one. My mom, the kids and I took a trip back home to Palestine that I will tell you all about when I sort through all the pictures :)

It was a wonderful time to slow down, recharge and reconnect with loved ones and childhood memories.

Now that we are back refreshed and ready to start school, what better way to greet the new semester than with a breakfast recipe?

My kids love pancakes and we already have quite a few family favorites like this one and this one. But ever since I cultured my own sourdough starter, we have added a new recipe to our list of “pancake recipes that we love” and it has managed to make its way to the top of the list in no time. I found the recipe at one of my favorite blogs, Korena in the kitchen. These sourdough pancakes are super easy to make, they are light , fluffy and the sourdough adds a wonderful new dimension to them, it is not a tang nor are they sour, it is just a unique and wonderful taste that the sourdough brings to the recipe.

Because every sourdough starter is a little different I adapted the recipe to work with my starter. Instead of adding water, I actually need to add 2-3 tablespoons of flour to the batter to get the right consistency, I have also found that waiting for 10 minutes after mixing the batter gives better results than starting to cook the pancakes immediately.

My kids love mini pancakes, they usually have them with a little jam or layered on mini skewers with fruits but since we are lately obsessed with Frozen (something I think Kristy understands) we made these for breakfast in the last weekend before school

Olaf pancake breakfast

The mouth:  A slice of strawberry

a little labneh for the tooth

The body: pancakes

The eyes:  Labneh mixed with sugar and rolled into little balls

Tiny date slices for the iris

The nose: Rock chocolate candy

The buttons: Rock chocolate candy

The arms and hair: thin slices of dates

The snow: Sugar for the falling snow and labneh mixed with sugar for the snow on the ground

sourdough pancakes

Sourdough pancakes

3/4 cup sourdough 100% starter (fed or unfed)

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

1/3 cup powdered milk

1/4 cup sugar

2-3 tablespoons all purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 tea spoon salt

Add the egg, vanilla and oil to the starter and whisk until combined.

Add the powdered milk, sugar, flour, baking soda and salt to the starter mixture and whisk until smooth. The batter will be a little thinner than that of regular pancakes and a little foamy due to the baking soda reacting with the sourdough

Note: Unlike regular pancakes you do not need to worry about over whisking here.

Lightly oil a heated pan with a bit of vegetable oil on a paper towel.

Pour about 1/4 cup of the batter into the pan for large pancakes and 1-2 tablespoon for small ones.

Cook until the edges are slightly dry, the surface becomes a little dull instead of shiny and the bottom becomes deeply golden

Flip using a thin spatula and cook until the other side is just as deeply golden, about 30-45 seconds.

Serve warm with your favorite syrup (Mine is homemade strawberry syrup) or jam.


Add the flour a little at a time and try pouring one pancake and check for consistency. If your batter is too thin add more flour, if it is too thick add some water. I usually need 2-3 tablespoons of flour for this recipe

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  1. How cute! You and Nami from JustOneCookbook and the things you make for your children put this grandma to shame. My children were surely neglected.

    I love pancakes and maybe I’d like them in fancy dress too. LOL :) I’ve never tasted a sourdough pancake but I’m betting I’ll love them.

    Can’t wait to see the Palestine post!!!!

  2. Mmm yum! Sourdough pancakes! These look so good!

  3. These sounds so good, and the Olaf pancake was adorable! He was one of the best parts of Frozen.

  4. I love this recipe too Sawsan – I’m glad you and your kids liked it. The pancake snowman is adorable! :)

  5. Will definitely be trying these!!!

  6. These mini pancakes look so good and are so fun. What a great idea to make them small…you can’t feel too bad about eating just one more, either! :)

  7. That’s such a pretty breakfast to put in front of your kids before they go to school. The adult version is very attractive as well. I’m curious what kind of jam that is. It’s such a vibrant orangey colour.

  8. these look yummy!

  9. Ooh, I want to try these, but I have no powdered milk (I don’t keep it). Do you think I could re-tool it with some extra flour to use fresh milk? My sourdough starter is years-old now and kicking along fine — just started some pizza dough with it this morning.

  10. Ohhh yum! Sourdough is something I still have to tackle. It worries me a little that it requires a lot of care… I am always afraid I will kill it! hahaha These pancakes look so fluffy! SO glad you are back and very happy to know you had a good break. I can’t wait to hear all about your trip!!

  11. This just looks so amazing and yummy!!! In love with pancakes!

  12. Oh my goodness! I have to make little pancakes and a little Olaf. Miss A will just flip!!! How adorable Sawsan. We haven’t made pancakes in a while, but it would be perfect right now. Mr. N has gotten a bit of orthodontic work done and has trouble eating crunchy foods right now. I hadn’t thought about pancakes, but they are perfect. I am looking forward to reading about your vacation. It sounds like you had a wonderful time!

  13. These are just so cute!! And that you made from sourdough…wow!

  14. Hahaa, I LOVE that Frozen Olaf character pancake! What a sweet idea Sawsan! Love the idea of the labneh instead of cream too… we normally have cream or ice cream with our pancakes but I reckon labneh is a much healthier addition :) I definitely want to try this sourdough recipe. Yum! All the best for your children starting the school year, hope that things settle back into routine soon xxx

  15. This is an awesome way to have little ones enjoy their breakfast :-) Olaf is cute and yummy!

  16. What a great idea, sadly my sour dough starter died and began to grow an interesting mould, which I immediately discarded for fear that it might jump out and kill me! You’re inspiring me to try it again with your creative and tantalizing recipes Sawsan.

  17. your blog is amazing mahsallah and your photos :)

  18. The Editors of Garden Variety

     /  February 22, 2014

    Oh my, those pancakes look divine!

  19. Now read your all new post today after full tired work day and now pancakes every time my favorite recipes specially when some Baby friends invited in your home and enjoy the party.Thank you so much recipe again.See you later.

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