I made sourdough waffles last Saturday using the starter I’m keeping alive in the fridge. So far I’ve made sourdough bread which was OK (I still like the Easy Artisan Bread better), though I was certainly happy it turned out after my first experiment, and blackberry muffins, which were…ummm…let’s just say “hearty.”
But these waffles?
I LOVE them! I cannot tell you how much. And guess what? They are 100% whole wheat, yet light and airy.
Uh…yea, can you tell I’m a little enamored?
And what’s weird is I’m not a big waffle/pancake fan. But these were crisper than any others I’ve tried (and I always make yeast waffles when I do make them), and had a wonderful flavor that is hard to describe. Yes, a little sourdough, but not too much. In fact, I was the only one of our family that said I could taste the sourdough.
And can I just tell you what a thrill it is seeing all this action in starter I “grew” (is there a term for this?) myself? It’s beyond cool and I just do a little happy dance when I see all those bubbles working after sitting out overnight.
It’s sorta the same feeling I get when I see the first seeds sprouting or when I serve a meal made only with our garden produce. There’s the feeling of accomplishment and amazement, for sure, but also that I used something in nature (in this case, wild yeast) to create food and feed my family.
(adapted from Heavenly Homemakers)
- 1 c. sourdough starter*
- 2 c. warm water and
- 3 c. whole wheat flour
- 3 eggs
- ½ c. oil or melted butter
- 2 Tb. honey (I used Sucanat)
- 1/2 tsp. of salt
- ¼ tsp. baking soda
- 1 Tb. water
- Combine first three ingredients in a large bowl and beat until smooth.
- Cover and let stand overnight
- In the morning add the eggs, oil, honey, and salt. Stir the baking soda in the tablespoon of warm water, stir quickly and then pour right into the batter.
- Mix together gently and let stand about 15 minutes while the waffle iron heats up. Cook until done, lightly greasing the iron after each waffle.
Makes about 9 Belgian style waffles.
*Note: If you’d like to make your own starter, I used the step-by-step sourdough instructions over at Heavenly Homemaker. And you’re going to want to, just for these waffles.