And in the morning, I’m making waffles!

After three days the sourdough starter was definitely active, though not to the “vigorously active” stage.

Sourdough starter before feeding

At that point I fed it and put it in the fridge to hibernate while we were away for the weekend.

Sourdough starter after feeding

It seemed reasonably happy when I took it out a few days later, fed it, and let it warm up again in preparation for starting a bowl of waffle batter.

A bowl of sourdough waffle batter

Now it's waffle batter.

My recipe of choice was King Arthur Flour’s classic sourdough waffles (or pancakes). Luckily waffles get more flavour than leavening from their sourdough content; this meant if my starter really is kind of lackluster it wouldn’t be a big issue. Three minutes turned out to be the perfect cooking time in the flipping waffle iron, and they came out light and crispy, with a bit of sourdough tang.

A sourdough waffle on a 40-year-old plate

Check out the classic Corelle plate!

Half of a recipe made 4 waffles. The leftovers went in the fridge overnight, and crisp up very nicely when reheated in the toaster oven. I’ll definitely make these again and try the pancake version as well.

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