Sourdough Pancakes

I’ve been making sourdough bread for our family for just over a year now. The issue I face is that we only really need a loaf every few days and sometimes a week or two goes by when the starter goes unused. If I don’t refresh the sourdough starter I get a good layer of dark liquid on the top (alcohol from hungry yeast) which, whilst isn’t damaging makes the whole thing feel a little unloved. 

In response to this I have been looking at ways I can use the starter for recipes other than just bread, this is by far the simplest – who doesn’t love a stack of pancakes for breakfast? I have tried out a couple of sourdough pancake recipes, many of which just add a bit of sourdough to a traditional pancake batter. I feel that this one really uses the sourdough and produces a really satisfying, fluffy pancake.


  • 200g/ 1 cup of sourdough starter
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 tbsp butter (melted) 
    Note: You can use a light flavoured oil for a healthier alternative
  • 1.5 tsp honey (or sugar if you prefer)
  • 0.5 tsp baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp whole milk
  • A little butter for frying


  • Mix together the sourdough starter, egg, honey, melted butter and baking soda
  • Add milk to thin the batter to the right consistency
  • Heat a pan over a medium heat, melt a little butter and add around 1/4 cup of the batter. 
  • Cook until golden, flip and cook the other side. 

Easy, satisfying and very tasty!!