Did you think I’d forgotten about Sebastian? Did you forget about him? I wouldn’t be surprised if you had. He has hung out in my fridge, not doing much since December. Just hanging out, getting a feeding from time to time, really doing well considering I’ve ignored him.
But last week, after a good feeding, he demanded to be used, he was filling up his jar home far too much and threatening to over flow.
So, I made waffles.
Which is exactly one of the things I wanted to make with Sebastian when I started my starter. I knew from reading online that a sourdough starter didn’t just have to be baked into bread. My goal is to bake more bread with him too, but in between those loaves of bread, why not have some fun and try out my wild yeast in other ways?
Added bonus, waffles are just plain tasty, no matter what you use to make them!
The recipe requires a little forethought, you have to make your sponge the night before to sit and wake up, but prep work the night before makes for an easy waffle breakfast in the morning. Especially if you have a large pitcher to mix your sponge in, like I did. The next morning, I just added the last few ingredients, warmed up my waffle iron and poured the batter straight out of the pitcher. Easy peasy!
The waffles were delicious too! Fluffy inside, crispy outside, and with just a touch of butter and some maple syrup, a great way to start the morning.
Adapted from King Arthur Flour
2 cups all-purpose Flour
2 tablespoons honey
2 cups buttermilk
1 cup sourdough starter, unfed
All the overnight sponge
2 large eggs
1/4 cup melted butter, cooled slightly
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
To make the overnight sponge, stir down your refrigerated starter, and remove 1 cup. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the 1 cup starter, flour, honey, and buttermilk. Cover and let rest at room temperature overnight.
To make your waffle batter the next morning, beat together the eggs, and butter. Add to the overnight sponge. Add the salt and baking soda, stirring to combine. The batter will bubble slightly.
Pour batter onto your preheated, greased waffle iron, and bake according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Serve waffles immediately, with your choice of toppings.