Overnight Sourdough Pancakes

Fluffy and light, these overnight sourdough pancakes are so easy to make and they taste amazing! They are the perfect use for your spare or discarded sourdough starter.

a pat of butter on a stack of sourdough pancakes

Overnight sourdough pancakes

Mix the main pancake batter for the sourdough pancakes the evening before you want to eat them. This way the bacteria in your sourdough starter can begin breaking down the starches in the flour.

This helps with digestibility and the acid in the starter also creates a fluffy and tender pancake.

You can make the pancake batter up to 24 hours in advance and store it in the refrigerator. It makes breakfast so simple the following day, as the main batter is already done!

Same-day sourdough pancakes

The fermenting time can be shortened to 2-4 hours at room temperature instead. If you want to skip this step entirely you can but the fermenting time creates a lighter pancake. 

The starter

There are three reasons to use sourdough starter in pancakes. Firstly, the acid in the starter will help create a super fluffy pancake as it reacts with the baking soda. Secondly, the sourdough starter is left to ferment the batter overnight first, which can help with digestibility.

Thirdly and most importantly! Flavor. The sourdough starter brings more flavor to the pancakes.

The best starter to use is a discard starter that hasn’t been recently fed, so it’s runny and acidic.

If your starter is not very acidic or you are shortening the fermenting time, you can add ยฝ tablespoon white vinegar or apple cider vinegar to the batter along with the baking soda to enhance the reaction between the acid and baking soda. This makes an extra fluffy pancake.

stack of sourdough pancakes

Ingredients

Find the ingredient amounts at the bottom of the post in the printable recipe card. Here is a run down of what you will need. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Flour – all-purpose flour
  • Milk – Use cow’s milk or plant-based milk.
  • Sugar – This can be substituted for another sweetener of your choice.
  • Sourdough discard starter – The addition of the starter helps to break down the flour and make these pancakes easier to digest. The acid in the starter helps to create a fluffy pancake too.
  • Eggs, salt – Eggs add structure, salt adds flavor.
  • Baking powder and baking soda – The baking powder and baking soda add lift and it is the baking soda that reacts with the acid in the sourdough starter to create an extra fluffy pancake. 
overnight sourdough pancakes

Step by step instructions

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, milk, sugar, sourdough starter, eggs, and salt. Cover the bowl with a plate or a lid and pop it into the refrigerator overnight (or up to 24 hours.)

This gives the sourdough starter time to do its work, breaking down the flour and making it much easier to digest.

In the morning, whisk in the baking powder and baking soda.

Preheat a cast-iron or non-stick pan over medium-high heat, then grease the pan with butter.

Ensure the pan is hot, and the butter is sizzling, then pour in around โ…“ cup of batter for each pancake. If the pan gets too hot, turn down the heat a little once you’ve poured in the batter. 

The batter will spread out in the pan, and wonโ€™t rise just yet. Bubbles will start appearing on the surface of the pancake. Once bubbles cover the whole area (about 2-3 minutes), flip the pancake over and finish cooking the other side for another minute or 2. 

Transfer the pancake to a plate and continue with the rest of the batter until it is all used up, stacking the pancakes in a pile as you go. 

Serve the sourdough discard pancakes warm with plenty of butter and maple syrup (or apple syrup), or cream and raspberry sauce.

maple syrup drizzled on pancakes

Want them a little more special? Try sourdough blueberry pancakes instead or sourdough pumpkin pancakes. If you love berries in pancakes, you might like these strawberry banana pancakes. They’re so light and tender.

There are plenty of ways to use up sourdough starter! Try sourdough chocolate banana bread, Pumpkin Sourdough Muffins or sourdough cheese scones.

stack of pancakes with a fork

Overnight Sourdough Pancakes

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes

Fluffy and light, these overnight sourdough pancakes are so easy to make

Ingredients

The evening before

  • 375g ( 1 โ…” cup) milk
  • 225g (1 ยพ cup + 1 Tablespoon) all-purpose flour
  • 200g (1 cup) discard sourdough starter
  • 25g (2 tablespoons) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 45g (3 tablespoons) melted butter (plus more for frying)
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste
  • ยผ teaspoon salt

In the morning

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, milk, sugar, sourdough starter, eggs, butter and salt. Cover the bowl with a plate or a lid and pop it into the refrigerator overnight (or up to 24 hours.)
  2. In the morning, whisk in the baking powder and baking soda.
  3. Preheat a cast-iron or non-stick pan over medium-high heat, then grease the pan with butter.
  4. Ensure the pan is hot, and the butter is sizzling, then pour in around ⅓ cup of batter for each pancake. If the pan gets too hot, turn down the heat a little once you've poured in the batter. 
  5. The batter will spread out in the pan, and won’t rise just yet. Bubbles will start appearing on the surface of the pancake. Once bubbles cover the whole area (about 2-3 minutes), flip the pancake over and finish cooking the other side for another minute or 2. 
  6. Transfer the pancake to a plate and continue with the rest of the batter until it is all used up, stacking the pancakes in a pile as you go. 
  7. Serve with butter and maple syrup or berries and cream

Notes

The cup sizes given are for US cups. Note that these are smaller than metric cup sizes. For best results, use grams.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 480Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 721mgCarbohydrates: 73gFiber: 3gSugar: 11gProtein: 15g

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29 Comments

  1. I wasn’t sure when to add the melted butter, so I added it as part of the batter, step 1. Fabulous pancakes! I’ve been making a different sourdough recipe and kept modifying it because it was too dense. Yours is wonderful. Thanks!

    1. Yes thatโ€™s exactly when it needs to go in! I will add it in to the instructions, thanks for letting me know!

      So happy you enjoyed them! ๐Ÿ˜„

  2. These were seriously so good. So easy. A little crispy and perfectly fluffy and not too thick, but also not too runny. And the slight hint of that tangy sourdough flavour… WOW! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. These were seriously so good. So easy. A little crispy and perfectly fluffy and not too thick, but also not too runny. And the slight hint of that tangy sourdough flavour… WOW! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I don’t think the starter has to be at room temperature. Just use it directly out from the fridge.

  4. I’m making this for the second time. Fantastic recipe! I have sourdough coming out of my ears so this is great for using it up. My question is can I dump this into a 9×13 pan and do a pan bake pancakes. It’s becoming more popular to do that and I have other pancakes recipes that I do use to do that but none are sourdough. Just curious if you think it would work?

  5. I very rarely comment but these were SO good I just had to! My kids are pretty picky about new recipes but they cannot get enough of these. They have that sweetness and depth of flavor you want in a pancake but struggle to figure out at home. Also, I have mixed them up and left them for up to 48 hours and still delicious, so the recipe is flexible. Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Hello, this is the second time I make your recipe and have loved it. I used goatโ€™s milk and it worked very well. Also EVOO instead of butter, as I am not buying regular cowโ€™s dairy anymore, I donโ€™t do well with it. I had two pancakes with two poached eggs and some very natural ham and maple syrup, of course. What a breakfast! Thank you for sharing your recipe. Regards from Madrid!

  7. Love this recipe! But I’m curious if you can do more than one set of stretch and folds before the overnight rise? Will it change the outcome?

    1. Hey Mary, could you maybe have commented on the wrong recipe? There are no stretch and folds in this one ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Holy cow! My picky kids loved this and my nephews and niece devoured it! Soooo good!! Definitely a keeper!

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