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These sourdough waffles are golden, crispy and fluffy in all the right ways. If you are looking for an easy way to use up some of your starter, these waffles are a satisfying way to do it. You can use fed starter or discard to make them.
I’m going to come right out and say it: this is the best sourdough waffle recipe. It makes golden waffles with a crisp exterior, fluffy center and incredible flavor. Every time I’ve made these for someone their eyebrows go up when they take that first bite. The contrast between crunchy, fluffy and sweet is downright addictive; and the sourdough adds a depth of flavor that’s hard to resist.
My sourdough starter is over a decade old. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been feeding it twice a week, then baking with it, since before my kiddo was born!
If you don’t have sourdough starter it’s easy to get one going: you can buy dry starter like this one from Cultures for Health. They have a good reputation and their site has many tutorials showing you how to activate and take care of your starter. Once you get it going, there is really only one rule of thumb: don’t forget about it. I feed my starter twice a week, on Saturday mornings and mid-week. It takes a few minutes and allows me to make flavorful treats like these sourdough waffles.
Why You’ll Love These Sourdough Waffles
- Easy recipe. There is nothing complicated about this recipe. Just mix up a simple sourdough waffle batter, then let your waffle maker work its magic.
- Delicious way to use up starter! You can make these waffles with fed starter or with sourdough discard. I usually use sourdough discard because these waffles are just such an easy way to put it to good use.
- Reheats and freezes well. Make a big batch for the week or store extras in the freezer for later. I have provided instructions for storing and reheating sourdough waffles below. 🙂
What You’ll Need
- Sourdough starter or discard – This recipe can be made with fed sourdough starter or with unfed starter (aka “sourdough discard.”) You will need 1 cup for this recipe.
- Milk – You can use cow milk, oat milk or soy milk.
- Melted butter – Although I typically treat butter and oil as interchangeable ingredients, that is not the case here. Use butter. Your tastebuds will thank you.
- Eggs – If you are using store bought eggs, then you will need 2 “large” eggs. If you are using eggs from your flock, then you will need either 2 large eggs or 3 medium eggs. It depends on the size of eggs your hens lay.
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Kosher salt
How to Make Sourdough Waffles
- Turn on your waffle maker so it can heat up. I also heat my oven to 200F and place an oven-safe plate inside. The cooked waffles are placed on the plate to keep warm while I finish cooking.
- Combine wet ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the sourdough, milk, sugar, eggs and melted butter. Mix well. Make sure that your melted butter is warm, not hot before adding it to the bowl.
- Mix and add dry ingredients: In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and kosher salt. Mix briefly, then add to the bowl with the wet ingredients. Stir until there are no large lumps or bits of dry batter visible.
- Add batter to waffle maker: Spoon batter into your waffle maker. How much batter you use will depend upon the size of your waffle maker. In my regular American waffle maker, I use about 1/2 cup of batter per waffle. In my deep Belgian waffle maker, which makes thicker/larger waffles, I use about 3/4 cup of batter per waffle.
- Cook: The cook time will also depend on your waffle maker and how much batter you are cooking at once. In my American waffle maker, these are ready in about 2 minutes. In my Belgian waffle maker, they are ready in 3 minutes.
- Serve: Add your favorite toppings and dig in!
How Do I Know When My Waffles Are Done?
The cook time varies according to the kind of waffle maker you have and how much batter you are using. So, the best way to tell is by color. These waffles are done when they are light golden brown.
If you want to do some testing and make notes for the future, I suggest timing the first waffle. Spoon the batter into your waffle maker, set a stopwatch timer, then start checking the waffle after 2 minutes. When it is golden, remove it from the waffle maker and then gently cut a small hole in it with a knife. If the outside is golden and the insides are fluffy, it’s done. Make note of that time for the future.
Waffle toppings are pretty much the same as pancake toppings. The only difference is that waffles have all those nooks and crannies to catch the toppings and let the flavors mix together for that perfect bite. Some topping suggestions:
- Maple syrup or honey
- Whipped cream – If I have a few extra minutes, I like to make this homemade maple whipped cream.
- Fruit – Any kind of berry, sliced peaches or diced mango. If I have some, I like adding black raspberries, currants, huckleberries or gooseberries. We have berry bushes for these, but at the right time of year you may also be able to find them at your local berry farm.
- Chocolate sauce or caramel sauce
- Jam or fruit butter
- Fruit Sauce – Spoon some homemade strawberry sauce or blueberry sauce onto your waffles. Yum!
How to Store and Reheat Extras
- Store in the fridge: Let your waffles come to room temperature, then store them in the fridge in an airtight container. I like to place pieces of parchment paper between each waffle to prevent them from sticking together. They will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- To reheat: When you’re ready to eat your waffles pop them in an oven heated to 350F for about 5 minutes.
More Easy Breakfast Ideas
- 1 cup sourdough starter or discard
- ½ cup milk
- 4 tablespoons melted butter, warm, not hot
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 large eggs, or 3 medium sized eggs
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- Toppings: maple syrup, whipped cream, butter, jam, berries, etc.
- Prep your tools. Turn on your waffle maker so it can heat up. Preheat oven to 200F and place an oven-safe plate inside. Put cooked waffles on the plate to keep warm while you're working.
- Combine wet ingredients. In a large bowl, combine the sourdough, milk, sugar, eggs and melted butter. Mix well. Make sure that your melted butter is warm, not hot before adding it to the bowl.
- Mix dry ingredients. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and kosher salt. Mix briefly.
- Combine wet and dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Stir until there are no large lumps or bits of dry batter visible.
- Make your waffles. Spoon batter into your waffle maker. How much batter you use will depend upon the size of your waffle maker. In my regular American waffle maker, I use about 1/2 cup of batter per waffle. In my deep Belgian waffle maker, which makes thicker/larger waffles, I use about 3/4 cup of batter per waffle.
- How long to cook? Cook time will also depend on your waffle maker and how much batter you are cooking at once. In my American waffle maker, these are ready in about 2 minutes. In my Belgian waffle maker, they are ready in 3 minutes.
- Dig in. Serve with your favorite toppings.