Wonderfully Fluffy Sourdough Pancakes – A Simple And Delicious Recipe

For many people Sunday morning is the day where you have a really scrumptious and delicious breakfast. There are many choices for delicious breakfast foods. Bacon, eggs, baked beans, cereals, yoghurt, waffles, cheese, bread, fruit, juices, cold cuts, but the best of all, in my humble opinion is the fluffy American pancake. This is my recipe for sourdough pancakes.

Pancakes are wonderful. Fluffy on the inside, brown and caramelized on the outside. They are by themselves not very sweet and pair well with something sweet, something meaty and something salty making them possibly the greatest breakfast ever invented.

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Pancake varieties

When you say pancakes, people probably have their regional version of this delicious food in the minds, which is probably not the same as yours.

In Denmark we eat pancakes as the French, very thin crêpes.

We also eat pancake balls also known as æbleskiver.

In this recipe today I am showing you how to make the American pancake in a version made with sourdough discard.

The batter in this sourdough pancakes recipe


Total weight1190 grams
Pre-fermented flour100%
Yield12 small or 6 large pancakes

The pre-ferment

All of the flour in the recipe will be in the pre-ferment, which means you will get a lot of developed taste.

The reason we use a pre-ferment is to avoid a sour taste in the pancakes, since you discard could have been standing around in the fridge for weeks or even months could have become very sour.

In the pre-ferment we use buttermilk instead of water to enrich the dough.

If you don’t have buttermilk you can use 500g regular or plant based milk and mix it with 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. Don’t worry, it won’t taste like vinegar.

Leave on the counter for 5 minutes after mixing and you have a makeshift buttermilk.

Sourdough pancakes seen from above on a plate with a cube of butter on top

The batter

The batter is enriched with butter and eggs, which gives a luxurious and soft crumb of the pancakes and also makes for a superior taste.

If you want to make the pancakes vegetarian you can use either vegetable oil or a plant-based butter.

If you want to make the pancakes vegan you can omit the eggs. They’ll be a bit less rich in taste, but still very tasty.

If you want to play around with the formula, change quantity or other things, you can do so here in my Bread Calculator.

Conclusion of this sourdough pancakes recipe

What are the takeaways from this sourdough pancakes recipe.

  • Light and fluffy pancakes
  • Wonderful well-fermented taste
  • Deliciously enriched flavor and feeling
  • Deeply caramelized crust

That’s really all I could ever wish for a pancake that I’d wanna eat.

Closeup of a stack of pancakes with blueberries and butter on top

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Sourdough Pancakes

Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: amecian pancakes, brioche sourdough
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Fermentation: 12 hours
Total: 12 hours 35 minutes
Servings: 12 pancakes
Calories: 134kcal
Author: Sune Trudslev
Nutrition Facts
Sourdough Pancakes
Amount Per Serving (90 gram)
Calories 134 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 4g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Fluffy American pancakes made with sourdough discard
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  • 250 g all-purpose flour
  • 30 g sugar
  • 250 g sourdough starter
  • 500 g buttermilk Alternatively regular or plant-based milk and 2 tbsp. vinegar


  • 2 eggs For vegan pancakes just drop the eggs
  • 50 g buter
  • ¾ tsp fine salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda


Mix the pre-ferment

  • The night before mix 250g/2 cups all-purpose flour, 250g/2 cups sourdough discard, 30g/2 tbsp sugar, and 500g/2 cups buttermilk.
  • If you don't have any buttermilk you can mix regular or plant-based milk with 2 tbsp white vinegar.
  • Leave covered at room temperature the night over.

Mix the batter

  • In a medium mixing bowl add 2 eggs. For vegan pancakes, just drop the eggs.
  • Then add 50g/3½ tbsp melted butter, oil or vegetable butter. Mix until combined.
  • Add the pre-ferment, 1 tsp baking soda, and ¾ tsp fine salt and mix.
  • The batter should bubble up.

Make the pancakes

  • Heat a small or medium cast-iron pan to medium heat.
  • Melt about a teaspoon of butter and distribute it on the pan.
  • Pour some batter on the pan and let it cook until the top is full of holes and it's slightly cooked.
  • Flip the pancake and let it cook until the other side is browned.
  • Put the pancake on a small plate and put a small piece of butter on top.
  • Continue until all of the batter has been turned into pancakes.
  • Enjoy!

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  1. Magnus Tveten Reply

    This will also make superb “vafler” (heart shaped waffles), I make vafler often for my family of 3, the little one seems to enjoy them with hazelnut soread, I use half this recipe and have a couple left over when we have berries or bacon with them 🙂

  2. Perrie Forehand Reply

    This sounds really good; I would be interested in a non-wheat flour version of this. Any suggestions?

    • Since gluten development isn’t a big thing in this recipe, I would assume you can substitute with any type of flour 🙂