Sourdough Chocolate Chip Pancakes

I’ve been experimenting with sourdough over the last couple of months and as part of the upkeep of the starter, you have to ‘discard’ some of it. At first I was literally throwing it away, but then I started looking up all the different things you can make with it! Pancakes are an easy way to use up sourdough discard and while I have made sourdough pancakes several times recently, this recipe gives me the most consistently beautiful results.

If you are interested int my sourdough experiments, I post about them pretty much every day in my Instagram stories, I’m @soverydomestic.

Sourdough Chocolate Chip Pancakes
2 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sourdough starter discard
1 1/2 cups milk
1 egg
chocolate chips

I recently made these with beet puree, a little more baking powder and a little less baking soda and they were just ok. Making those slight changes totally changed these pancakes for the better. They rise up so fluffy now, they puff up over the chocolate chips before you can even flip them.

I trust you know how to make pancakes, just whisk it all together and spray your griddle or frying pan before you pour the batter. To make roughly uniform pancakes, I scoop out 1/4 cup per pancake. Using the same amount for each one also means they all have the same cooking time so you’re not fussing with bigger and smaller ones.

As soon as I’ve scooped out the last pancake that will fit on my griddle, I start adding the chocolate chips. I remember teaching my now 12 year old how to place the chocolate chips just so you get a nice distribution of chocolate and no big clumps. That advice still applies! I arrange the chocolate chips like I’m still teaching small children, but it works! I wait until the pancake has risen over the chocolate chips before I flip them. With the sourdough, there is a very thing skin that forms on the top of the pancake, making it less likely to be a fail when it’s flipped! Handy little side effect!

I like having Nutella or strawberry jam with my pancakes, and my girls love maple syrup, what is the go-to for your family’s pancakes?

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