February 20, 2015

Overnight sourdough pancakes

Light and fluffy pancakes made with sourdough starter are a perfect weekend breakfast. Get these started the night before and then just add a few ingredients to cook them the next morning.

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My sourdough starter is doing so well and I've been practicing and perfecting my sourdough bread baking skills. I've been using my excess and unfed starter to make a lot of other recipes like these delicious pancakes as well as pizza crust, biscuits, muffins, and this banana bread

I'm excited because I really love to bake homemade bread and I enjoy the tang that sourdough gives to other foods as well. It's a nice contrast to the sweetness of things like pancakes and muffins.

These pancakes are terrific because you can start the mix on Friday or Saturday night before bed. Then you let it sit overnight and add in a few more ingredients in the morning before cooking them. 

I've substituted white whole wheat flour for the all-purpose in the past and it works well. I've also used a combination of all-purpose with whole wheat flour to change these up a bit. 

I've added blueberries and also I've used cranberries in the batter. I add about one cup of fruit right before cooking. Or you can add the blueberries on top when serving or other fruits like sliced strawberries or sliced bananas.

These overnight sourdough pancakes cook up so nicely with a light texture and slightly crisp outsides and edges. They are a delicious change-up to your usual pancakes.

If you have sourdough starter give these pancakes a try soon! Maple syrup season is starting here soon in our region, so pancakes will be on the menu even more than usual. The slight sourdough flavor makes them a perfect compliment to sweet maple syrup. 

Top view of finished overnight soughdough maple pancakes.

Yield: 12-14 pancakes

Overnight Sourdough Pancakes

Overnight Sourdough Pancakes

Light and fluffy pancakes made with sourdough starter are a perfect weekend breakfast. Get these started the night before and then just add a few ingredients to cook them the next morning.


  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled (plus more for cooking)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda


How to cook Overnight Sourdough Pancakes

  1. Before you go to bed, mix together the sourdough starter, milk, water, and flour in a large bowl until combined. Cover with plastic wrap. I usually leave it on the counter; however, you can cold proof it in the refrigerator (I've tried this too and it works fine).
  2. The next morning, stir in the remaining ingredients until well-combined. Heat a griddle or cast iron skillet. When hot, grease the pan with butter and cook the pancakes using 1/4 cup of batter for each. When they begin to turn golden and bubble, flip and cook until the second side is golden. Repeat until all batter has been used.
  3. Serve hot with your choice of toppings such as fruit, butter, and real maple syrup.
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I hope you give these sourdough pancakes a try! Let me know in the comments below.

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Overnight sourdough pancakes on a serving plate.

This post was originally published in 2015 and has been updated in 2022 with new text and more to improve reader experience.

Check out these other pancake recipes: 

Cranberry Gingerbread Pancakes

Old-fashioned Cornmeal Griddle Cakes

Spinach Pancakes 

German Egg Pancakes

Whole Wheat Blueberry Baked Pancake Squares

Want even more pancakes recipes? Check out this round-up of 25 Pancake Recipes for Maple Season.  


  1. I just fed my sourdough starter :-)) These pancakes must taste fantastic.

  2. Hi Ann, great to hear from you. I'm a disaster with sourdough but willing to give it another try if these pancakes are the delicious result!

  3. AWESOME. I love sourdough anything...I can add pancakes to that list now!

  4. Wow, I've never thought of making sourdough pancakes. Such a cool recipe, and the blueberries look like they will compliment the taste nicely.

  5. The last time I kept a sourdough starter, I gained ten pounds! I'd love to have one again, if only to make these pancakes- they look so good! :)

  6. Well shoot! I have no sour dough starter! But these look delicious. Great idea. And now I'm craving pancakes! :) Thanks for stopping by my blog and the comment.

  7. Oh YUM! These sound and look SO fantastic with the sourdough. And I love that both of us posted pancakes as our latest post - great minds.... =)

  8. so glad you got your starter to work! you will not look back. Have fun creating amazing dishes, and I love the pancakes :)

  9. Love sourdough so I bet these tasted amazing,

  10. i was just looking at king arthur flour's recipe for a sourdough starter and wondering if i should try my hand at it. these look lovely and delicious enough to nudge me toward a yes!

  11. WOW talk about picture perfect! These couldn't look any more delicious!

  12. Mmmmm...pancakes. My happy food :) Pinned!!

  13. Is the batter refrigerated overnight (with milk in it)? How long does it need to set out in the morning before making pancakes?

  14. does the starter need to be at room temperature when you mix the batter?

    1. I've always just pulled it from the fridge.

  15. You know what? This is inspiring me to begin a sourdough starter. I do love to bake bread, but never knew what to do with all that starter. Solved!

  16. I'm not usually a huge pancake person...but for these...well, I could change that!!! They look delicious!

  17. Love this idea! I've never had a sourdough pancake but it sounds amazing!

  18. How exciting about your starter doing so well! I really have to try making sourdough pancakes. I'm now inspired.

  19. I just restarted my sourdough starter. I think I may need to make these this weekend!

  20. I don't make pancakes enough, I'm going to have to change that and give these a try!

  21. I love maple syrup and I love that you mention it as a season- a delicious season! These pancakes looks delicious!


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