Sourdough Pancakes: Powder or Soda? - 🥞 Find the Perfect Leavening

When it comes to making delicious sourdough pancakes, you might be wondering if you need to use baking powder or baking soda. The good news is that you can make mouthwatering sourdough pancakes without either of these leavening agents!

Sourdough pancakes are a wonderful way to use up excess sourdough starter and add a tangy flavor to your breakfast. The natural fermentation process of the sourdough starter provides the pancakes with the rise they need, eliminating the need for baking powder or baking soda.

Here's a simple and foolproof recipe for making sourdough pancakes without baking powder or baking soda:


  • 1 cup of active sourdough starter
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt


  1. In a large bowl, combine the sourdough starter, flour, milk, egg, melted butter, sugar, and salt. Mix well until all the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  2. Let the batter rest for at least 30 minutes. This allows the sourdough starter to work its magic and develop the flavors.
  3. Preheat a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Lightly grease the surface with butter or oil.
  4. Pour 1/4 cup of the batter onto the skillet for each pancake. Cook until bubbles form on the surface, then flip and cook for another minute or until golden brown.
  5. Repeat the process with the remaining batter.
  6. Serve the sourdough pancakes warm with your favorite toppings, such as maple syrup, fresh berries, or whipped cream.

These sourdough pancakes are fluffy, flavorful, and have a delightful tanginess. The fermentation process of the sourdough starter not only adds a unique taste but also enhances the nutritional value of the pancakes.

If you prefer a lighter and fluffier texture, you can add a small amount of baking powder to the batter. However, it's not necessary for the pancakes to rise.

Remember, maintaining a healthy sourdough starter is crucial for making delicious pancakes. Feed your starter regularly, and it will reward you with flavorful and bubbly pancakes every time.

So, go ahead and whip up a batch of sourdough pancakes without baking powder or baking soda. You'll be amazed by the taste and texture that the natural fermentation process brings to your breakfast table!

Baker Betty
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Baker Betty is a passionate home baker who has been experimenting with sourdough for over a decade. She loves sharing her knowledge and experience with fellow sourdough enthusiasts.