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Sourdough Pancakes – Traditionally Leavened With an Overnight Batter

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What makes this sourdough pancake recipe unique?

My technique uses a thick batter made of flour, water, and sourdough starter. This dense batter ferments overnight at room temperature. The next morning you will add the additional ingredients and continue fermenting the batter until it’s bubbly.

Perfectly chewy sourdough pancakes with text overlay.

Chewy, Fluffy, Light, and Puffy

These are just some of the ways to describe these irresistible sourdough pancakes.

If you don’t have a sourdough starter going you better get on that ASAP! These real fermented sourdough pancakes are a treat you don’t want to be missing out on.

Sourdough pancakes with fresh strawberries on top.

This special technique allows you to make pancakes without any leavening besides the wild yeast in your sourdough starter.

A stack of steamy sourdough pancakes.

Think of This Recipe as a Guide

I’ve found that with the many variables of sourdough, following someone else’s recipe is almost impossible. I will try my best to describe things and give examples, but in some cases you will have to use your judgment. Always know that I’m only a few clicks away to answer questions!

Bubbly sourdough pancake batter.

Perfectly Chewy Sourdough Pancakes

Perfectly Chewy Sourdough Pancakes

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Inactive Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 40 minutes

This overnight batter produces the best sourdough pancakes with real sourdough flavor!


Pancake Starter Batter

  • 560 grams (4 cups) organic all-purpose flour
  • 460 grams (2 cups) filtered water
  • 125 grams (1/2 cup) active sourdough starter at 100% hydration

Secondary Additions

  • 64 grams (4 tablespoons) butter
  • 115 grams (1/2 cup) milk
  • 30 grams (3 tablespoons) coconut sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 7 grams (1 teaspoon) salt


The Night Before

  1. In a big ceramic or glass bowl mix the flour, water, and starter into a sticky, thick batter. Depending on the consistency of your starter you may need to adjust the flour or water measurements. It should be almost as thick as a muffin batter. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the batter ferment overnight on your counter, or in the oven with the light on if your house is kept on the cooler side.

The Next Morning 

  1. First thing in the morning check on your batter. Hopefully it will have lots of bubbles and a pleasant sour odor. 
  2. Melt the butter and whisk it with the milk, sugar, eggs, and salt. I like to use a glass measuring cup for this step. Slowly incorporate the butter mixture into the fermented flour mixture. Whisk until the mixture is smooth and evenly distributed. This will take some elbow grease! The consistency should be like a typical pancake batter. If it looks thin add some flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. If it seems too thick, add a little more milk. This is when judgment comes into play. Cover the bowl again and let the mixture ferment for at least one hour.
  3. Preheat your griddle over medium heat (I use a cast-iron griddle and season it with a light coating of coconut oil). Cook your pancakes to golden brown.
  4. Serve your sourdough pancakes with any of your favorite toppings.

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Tuesday 25th of January 2022

I have been loving your recipes sooo much! Thank you!!! Can I use buttermilk instead of regular milk in this recipe? Thank you!

Butter For All

Tuesday 25th of January 2022

Hi Amanda!

Yes! Absolutely! Buttermilk will be amazing. You might need to add just a touch more since it's thicker than milk, but this recipe is very forgiving!




Sunday 20th of September 2020

I've made these several times and I love them. I sometimes use stout in place of some of the water. They turn out nicely, but I'm wondering if there are any caveats to substituting beer for water. Thanks so much for this great recipe!

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Monday 21st of September 2020

Hi Stacie!

I love your ingenuity! I have started messing around with beer in some bread recipes and find that it can bee 100% of the hydration and still successful. With stout, I would just be careful due to the strong flavor. But I say, go for it!



Monday 7th of September 2020

Hi there! These were the best pancakes and I didn’t become bloated after eating them!!

Could you tell me how to properly store the rest of the pancake batter so it is reusable?


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Sunday 13th of September 2020

Hi Samantha!

I'm so happy to hear they were easy on your system! I love fermented bread for that reason as well. The batter can just be covered and placed in the fridge for the next day. Sometimes after more than one or two days the batter gets quite thin and we use it for crepes. Hope that helps! Thank you for the feedback!



Saturday 9th of May 2020

I use a lot of recipies found online and NEVER leave feedback but these pancakes are AMAZEBALLS. Mind blown. That is all.

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Sunday 10th of May 2020

Hi Yem!

Possibly the best comment ever! Thanks for taking the time, I really appreciate it!



Saturday 2nd of May 2020

Hey Thanks so much for a REAL “sour jack” recipe. Most are made with baking powder or soda and are not real sourdough, they are airy and grainy. These are gooood. Chewy and moist like they should be. Want you to know I was a bit skeptical when I made the “starter” the night before, it looked more like bread dough, but they turned out great—my first batch by the way.

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Sunday 3rd of May 2020

Hi Paul!

Thank you so much for the great feedback! One thing I've never done is used baking powder or soda with my starter. You could say I'm a bit of a purest that way! All the recipe here are traditionally fermented and leavened!

Thanks again for the comment and happy baking!


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