Sourdough Waffles Using Leftover Starter

I love using my starter to create the most amazing sourdough breads but I do not always have time. Thankfully Cordelia (my starter) does not mind the lack of attention and she will happily sit in the fridge, feeding for a couple of weeks at a time. At the start of my December leave I decided that I would work on a new sourdough bread recipe, and to get Cordelia in the mood I fed her up quite a bit. Dave was still at work for the first two days I was on holiday, and using up some of my starter, I made myself sourdough waffles for breakfast. This was quite a treat, especially as I topped the waffles with ice cream. Needless to say I was getting a good balance of a few major food groups in one go. The starter I have is quite sour so I compensated by using more sweetness in the batter. I was going to slather the waffle in maple syrup, as you do, but when I went to get the bottle out of the fridge I discovered it had been used up. It would have improved my eating experience a lot, so I recommend that if you make these waffles that you make sure beforehand that you have a good syrup to go with them.

Do you eat special breakfasts when you are on holiday?

Sourdough Waffles
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Sourdough Waffle Batter

These make a great treat for breakfast, served with sticky maple syrup
Recipe Category: Dessert
All Rights Reserved: an original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 65 g fructose
  • 250 mls milk
  • 2.5 mls plus a pinch of salt
  • 190 g flour, sifted
  • 80 g fed sourdough starter
  • 60 g butter, melted


  • Place the egg yolks and the fructose into a bowl
  • Whisk until at the ribbon stage
  • Whisk in the milk and 2.5mls salt
  • Mix in the flour and the starter until smooth
  • Mix in the butter until incorporated
  • Place the egg whites into a stand mixer bowl with a pinch of salt
  • Whisk until firm
  • Fold into the batter
  • Rest for at least an hour
  • Make your waffles as per your waffle iron manufacturers' instructions

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40 thoughts on “Sourdough Waffles Using Leftover Starter

  1. I used Esmerelda to make sourdough pancakes this morning. I cooked the entire batch so I could freeze them and John walked in and ate them all! (except for the two on my plate)

    I bet he’d do the same with your waffles. I’m printing this now! Yummo.

  2. Yes, yes and yes! Eating special breakfasts is totally a must on vacation (as is ice cream with EVERY meal!) Once a year, we try to make the 24 hour drive (straight threw!) from New York to Florida to catch a break from the cold here. And we always stop at a restaurants for strawberry crepes, it perks us right up!

  3. Hi Tandy, love that you named your started Cordelia, what a lovely name. I am very interested in starters and how they work. Looks like you created a great one.

  4. I love waffles, but about 6 months ago, rest in peace, my waffle maker had bit the dust. This is the second recipe that I have read this morning for waffles and you guys are making me want to run out and get a new one from Fortress today. My boys love homemade waffles, with fresh fruit and of course piled high with whipped cream and all of the toppings. Wishing you a super day.

  5. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, so I love to have special ones when I’m on holiday. 🙂 I’ve never had sourdough waffles before, but they sound fantastic. 🙂

  6. Hi Tandy! Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I am so glad to have met you through all of that silliness with the Federated Media email mishap! 🙂

    Your sourdough waffles look utterly amazing. I gave away my waffle maker after my divorce a few years ago… a friend had more use for it at the time than I did… but it might be time to get a new one!

    Have a GREAT day! Stay in touch!

    1. It is always good to give away things we don’t need – I look forward to staying in touch Emily, thanks for the visit 🙂

  7. I read the book “Friendship Bread” once and made my own starter after it – but I never thought to make waffles with it! These waffles are a fantastic idea – I wanna come have breakfast with you Tandy – I will bring the maple syrup! 🙂

  8. Deliciousness…. These waffles look mighty fine. Breakfast is my all time favourite meal of the day, so when I eat it (which seems to be only on the weekends) I make it super special. When on holidays however, I chow down on breakfasts, often more than once a day. LOL!

  9. Hi Tandy!

    This is Jaime coming by to say hi from the email snafu! LOL I totally had to come see these waffles because I am in desperate need for a good waffle recipe. I’ve never had a sourdough waffle but I am so curious that I now must try your recipe! Yum!

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