Use up that surplus sourdough starter
Sometimes you’ll find yourself with more sourdough starter than you can use. Rather than throw it away, ask if anyone you know might like some, with a baking session to get them into making sourdough loaves for themselves. Or think about what else you can make with it – starting with these pancakes.
Makes about 8 pancakes
100g/3½oz White wheat sourdough starter (100% hydration ie 1:1 flour and water)
30–50g/1–1¾oz Plain/all-purpose flour
3½ tbsp Milk
1 tsp Caster/superfine sugar
½–¾ tsp Bicarbonate of soda/baking soda [optional]
Butter or oil for frying
To serve - butter, syrup or other topping(s) of your choice
Serve with melted butter, your favourite syrup, or other choice of topping.
You can also make French crêpe-style pancakes from leftover starter. Simply whisk together 400g/14oz sourdough starter of any type, 1 egg and ¾ tsp fine/table salt. Melt a small amount of butter in a frying pan over a medium-high heat. Pour in just enough batter to coat the bottom of the pan thinly and swirl it around. Cook for a few minutes until set and lightly browned underneath. Using a spatula or fish slice, flip the pancake over and cook for a few minutes more on the other side. Serve at once with your favourite topping, or reserve under a clean cloth while you make more pancakes from the rest of the batter in the same way.
NB: While products made with chemical leavening falls outside the Campaign’s definition of Real Bread, we have no view on using bicarbonate of soda/baking soda in other foods.
Taken from Slow Dough: Real Bread by Chris Young, published by Nourish Books. Hardback, £20. Commissioned photography Victoria Harley.
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