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2019-08-04 Discarded Starter 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 rec.food.sourdough faqs. Last time, it was pancakes, this time it's waffles.A sourdough waffle with syrup melting some butter!

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!

Grams Ingredient Baker's Percentage Cups/Spoons
500 grams Sourdough Starter 192% 2 Cups
100 grams Eggs 39% 2 each
240 grams Milk 92% 1 cup
106 grams Oil (we use light olive oil) 41% 1/2 cups
260 grams Unbleached flour 100% 2 cups
50 grams Sugar 19% 1/4 cup
12 grams Baking Powder 4.6% 3 tsp
5 grams Baking Soda 1.9% 1 tsp
6 grams Salt 2.3% 1 tsp
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 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.A NordicWare waffle iron similar to ours Heat a waffle to your 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 campouts and decadent Sunday brunches! Lightly oil on 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!
-Mike