Saturday, July 2, 2011

The best pancakes ever

A good friend of mine gave me a sourdough bug almost a year ago. It's changed the way I think about and cook food. It's a free gift yes invaluable. Now that I've got this bug, I can use it for life (if I look after it well), and even better, I've been able to gift some to other friends too. It creates a feeling of belonging, that lost sense of community, all of us sharing this live culture. It becomes our culture in a sense.
I started using it to make bread of course, then pizza (which is basically bread dough) and pancakes. I am glad I don't have to use the commercial yeast anymore, especially after reading about how radically different the process is here (take a deep breath, you'll never look at bread the same way).

A while ago I decided to try making sourdough pancakes, so I googled and found a recipe for alaskan sourdough pancakes. They are the best pancakes ever, truly. They are fluffy, light, taste beautiful and hold well in the pan. And they are dead easy. We have them every sunday now.
Here's the recipe as found on this website:
- 1 cup sourdough
- 1 cup wholemeal flour
- 1 cup water
Mix these ingredients the night before you want to make pancakes. In the morning, refill your sourdough bug, then add the following ingredients:
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil (or melted butter)
- 1 tbsp raw sugar (or melted honey)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
Add the baking soda right before making the pancakes for extra fluffiness.
I tried taking a nice photo of ours piled up but it never happens like that, as soon as a pancake is ready to eat, it gets eaten!


  1. This one sounds particularly delicious...Here is the last recipe we tried for the flan au chocolat: a winner.

    Préparation : 10 min
    Cuisson : 6 min

    Ingrédients (pour 4 personnes) :
    - 75 g de sucre
    - 3 cuillères soupe de cacao en poudre
    - 1 pincée de sel
    - 1 oeuf + 2 jaunes
    - 50 cl de lait
    - 110 g de chocolat à dessert
    - 2 cuillères à soupe de beurre
    - 1 cuillère à café de café soluble
    - 1 cuillère à café d'extrait de vanille
    - 2 cuillères à soupe de maïzena

    Préparation :

    Dans un saladier, mettre le sucre, le cacao poudre, maïzena et sel.

    Fouetter l'oeuf et les jaunes dans un bol. Verser dans la préparation au sucre.

    Faire chauffez le lait sans laisser bouillir. Retirer du feu.

    Verser 12,5 cl de lait dans la préparation aux oeufs, en fouettant constamment. Verser cette préparation dans le lait restant dans la casserole.

    Remettre la casserole sur le feu et laisser chauffez 6 min.

    Retirer du feu et ajouter le chocolat en morceaux, le beurre le café et la vanille. Mélanger.

    Transvaser la crème dans des ramequins ou un saladier. Laisser refroidir puis mettre au réfrigérateur au moins 1 h.
    Bon appetit !

  2. They look amazing! I really want to try this - thanks for sharing :-)