Should we take a break from baking bread for a bit? How about just one entry… Trust me it will be worth it when you try even one of my top 3 leftover sourdough starter recipes below. Plus, it’s still considered baking if we’re using a starter, in a roundabout kind of way, isn’t it? This post presents a few ways we can utilize our excess sourdough starter discarded at each feeding (refreshment), and since my sourdough starter is fed twice daily, I usually have excess starter in the morning and evening. Many see this excess as “waste” but it’s something that can be used for many things besides going into your compost bin. After all, this waste can be seen as food for our culture and is essentially a levain we would use to give life to otherwise inert flour.
If you named your sourdough starter like I have (hey, Brutus1!), you’ll be singing their name each weekend when you use your fork to cut into crispy waffles, light and fluffy pancakes, and deliciously nutritious banana bread.
I’ve made these sourdough waffles & pancakes for so many weekends the process has become ritualistic.
The following recipes are tried and true here in my kitchen. I’ve made the waffles and pancakes so many weekends the process has become ritualistic: mix the batter the night before to ferment overnight, wake and finish mixing, and then get cooking.
My starter was donned Brutus after trying to get a few of his kin created unsuccessfully. I was just in the middle of reading a brief history of Julius Caesar and the name seemed appropriate for such a stubborn character in my life.↩