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2019-08-04 Discarded Sourdough Waffles

Other matters have grabbed my attention of late, as a result, this will be a short post. Sorry about that!

This is another recipe from the faqs. Last time, it was pancakes, this time it's waffles.Sourdough waffles - part of a great breakfast!

I really don't know whether I like pancakes or waffles more - probably whatever is in front of me! Both are a moment of joy on the breakfast table and a cause for celebration. Whether I'm served pancakes, waffles or French toast, I'm happy! Hmmm..... you can make French toast with sourdough bread (our Sourdough Cinnamon Raisin Bread is especially good for this! I'll have to post that recipe soon!), but can you make the batter with sourdough? I feel a new kitchen adventure coming on! And now, as someone said last week, without further time wasting ado, let's make some waffles!

GramsIngredientBaker's PercentageCups/Spoons
500 GramsSourdough Starter192%2 cups
100 GramsEggs39%2 large eggs
240 GramsMilk92%1 cup
106 GramsLight Olive Oil41%1/2 cup
260 GramsUnbleached all-purpose flour100%2 cups
50 GramsSugar19%1/4 cup
12 GramsBaking Powder4.6%1 TBSP
5 GramsBaking Soda1.9%1 tsp
6 GramsSalt2.3%1 tsp

We suggest a light olive oil because while we love olive oil, this isn't a place for a rich fruity flavor forward olive oil!

This made 8 eight inch round waffles. How many it will make for you will depend on the size of your waffle iron.

Put the eggs in a large bowl and beat them thoroughly. Add the milk, light olive oil and sourdough starter. Stir.

Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Stir the ingredients together with a few swift sure strokes, you don't want to overwork the batter - a few lumps are OK. My favorite tool for this is a stainless steel dough whisk.
Heat a waffle A NordicWare camping waffle iron similar to oursiron to Sourdough Waffle Nutrional Analysisyour preferred temperature. I have to admit I really prefer the convenience of an electric waffle iron as they are easier to adjust, but I've gotten wonderfully great results from NordicWare Belgian Waffle Irons that are heated over a range or camp fire. Our Nordic Ware has served us well for many camp outs and decadent Sunday brunches! Lightly oil the waffle iron when it's at the correct temperature.

How much batter to use will depend on the size of your waffle iron. We used about 3/4 cup in our 8" Cuisinart waffle maker. I usually let the waffles cook until I can smell them. Then I lift the lid and look at them. If they aren't dark enough, I close the waffle maker and let them cook a bit more. You may want to re-read your waffle maker's instructions before you start if it's been a while since you made waffles.

I suggest cooking all the waffles at once. Baking soda batters tend to not hold well. We have a warming drawer in our oven we use to keep the waffles warm as we finish cooking the rest of the waffles.

Like pancakes, waffles are a blank canvas and you can do all sorts of things with them. One of my favorites is to put a piece of bacon or two on the waffle maker and then pour the batter over it. While the waffle is cooking, the bacon will cook also. Do you have any special waffle tricks you can share? Pictures greatly appreciated!

We really enjoyed these waffles! In closing, may your waffles always rise, no matter what sort of waffle iron you're using!

4 thoughts on “Discarded Starter Waffles”

  1. Is the olive oil listed in the ingredients just used for coating the waffle iron or should it be mixed in with the other liquids.

    1. Hi Jon,
      Sorry, that wasn’t clear. I’ve updated the recipe. But yes, the olive oil should go into the batter, not on the waffle iron. How you treat your waffle iron is a private thing between you and your waffle iron.

    1. The idea of discarded starter is that is starter you set aside in the course of usual feeding and did not feed again. It works in these recipes by the interaction of the acidity in the starter and the baking soda. In short, don’t feed it. I give the discarded a starter a “sniff test” before using it. If it smells OK, I make the recipe. -Mike

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