Breakfast/ Lunch/ Sweet/ Vegetarian

Sourdough Pear Pancakes

20 December 2020

Since I started baking sourdough bread my sourdough starter supply has been growing like crazy, luckily there are loads of other recipes out there to make with sourdough starter apart from bread. Crackers, focaccia, muffins, so much to choose from!

This morning I went for pancakes. We still had a few pears lying around which were almost past their best by date, so I decided to add them as well. Usually I grate the pears in, but i thought I’d try caramelizing them and they came our great! I added a little sprinkle of sugar on the pears to help caramelize them a bit extra.

You can use just regular sugar or spice it up a bit. I made a spiced pear galette a while back and still had quite a bit of spiced sugar left. It’s keeps really well!

Sourdough Pear Pancakes

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Breakfast, brunch
By Saffron Serves: 10 small pancakes
Prep Time: 5 minutes + 10 minutes waiting time Cooking Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter
  • 3/4 cup milk (any kind)
  • 1 medium sized egg
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil (I used olive oil, worked fine too)
  • 2 pears, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar (to sprinkle over the pear)
  • To serve
  • Yoghurt
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon
  • Spiced sugar (Optional)
  • 1/2 cup granulates sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves



In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar).


Then mix through all the wet ingredients (sourdough starter, milk, egg and oil), making sure there are no lumps left.


Let rest for ± 10 minutes.


Heat a skillet or non stick frying pan and add some oil or butter.


Scoop a small ladle (± 1/4 cup) of pancake mixture in the pan. I could fit 3 at a time.


When edges start to set and bubble a bit (± after 1.5 minutes) lay slices of pear onto the pancake and sprinkle the pear lightly with granulated sugar.


When you start seeing bubbles appear on the surface of the pancake, you're ready to flip (the pancake will have fried for ± 3.5 - 4 minutes total on this side.


Flip and fry for another ± 1,5 minutes. They'll be done when the pears have caramelizes, the crust feels crispy but the inside still feels a bit fluffy and soft when pressing on the pancake.


Place on a warm plate and covered to keep warm while you make the rest.


Make the spiced sugar (if using), by mixing together all the ingredients.


Serve the pancakes with yoghurt, honey and a dusting of cinnamon or spiced sugar.

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