Sourdough waffles made using sourdough starter – no need for any additional leavening, and fluffy, crisp, and flavourful waffles. There's a slight sourdough flavour to these waffles, but nothing overwhelming. If anything it makes them more breakfast-appropriate!

For some more breakfast-appropriate sourdough recipes, try our sourdough pancakes, whole wheat sourdough bagels, or use a loaf to make sourdough french toast.

A stack of waffles on a plate, topped with strawberries and maple syrup.
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Ingredients

Sourdough waffle ingredients with labels.

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Flour: if you want to make the waffles a little more wholesome, you could do up to half whole wheat flour in the mix.
  • Starter: use active starter for the best flavour in your waffles. Discard can be used, but it makes the waffles a little more sour and slightly chewier.

Method

Steps 1 and 2, mixing dry ingredients in a bowl.

Step 1: add the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl.

Step 2: whisk until well combined, making sure to break up any lumps.

Waffle batter steps 3 and 4, adding wet ingredients and mixed in a bowl.

Step 3: add the milk, starter, and melted butter to the bowl.

Step 4: whisk to combine, then set aside to rise overnight.

Waffles steps 5 and 6, after rising and being added to waffle iron.

Step 5: in the morning, the batter should be bubbly and light.

Step 6: bake the waffles in a hot waffle iron and serve warm.

Top Tips

  • The batter might deflate: don't worry if the waffle batter deflates completely once you start taking batter out to bake. This is normal, and the waffles will still fluff up properly in the iron.
  • Not for pancakes: this recipe is specifically for sourdough waffles. For pancakes, see our sourdough pancake recipe.
  • Bake according to instructions: every waffle iron is different, so the baking time and number of waffles will vary. Most waffle makers come with instructions, but you'll know yours best!

How to Store

Storage: keep the baked waffles in a sealed container at room temperature for a couple of days, and toast to refresh them. The batter can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours before baking.

Freezing: cool the waffles fully, then transfer to an airtight container or wrap well in aluminum foil. Freeze for up to a month, and thaw either at room temperature or right in the toaster.

A Note on Waffle Irons

The number of waffles this recipe makes will depend fully on your waffle iron. For the waffles pictured, a small-ish Belgian iron was used. The waffles are about 10cm (4 in.) square each so you can get an idea of how many the recipe might make in your iron.

You know your iron best, so we don't give instructions on baking the waffles beyond following the instructions for your waffle iron and baking until golden. This varies hugely - depending on if you're making thin German waffles, or thick Belgian waffles, or those huge round ones like you see in waffle houses. Or whatever kind you have.

No matter what, though, your sourdough waffles will taste fantastic! If you want to feed a large number of people, the recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.

FAQ

How long can you keep sourdough waffle batter in the fridge?

The batter can be refrigerated once it's risen. Just cover tightly and refrigerate for up to a full day, the same way you might for sourdough bread dough.

How can I make my waffles more crisp?

Waffles might come out of the iron crisp and then soften as they rest – this is due to the steam from the heat softening the outside. To try to keep them crisp, you can place on a wire rack in a warm oven until ready to serve.

Why are my sourdough waffles chewy?

Sourdough waffles are going to be a bit chewier than normal waffles, that's just how they work. If they're really chewy and tough, though, then the batter has been over-mixed.

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A stack of waffles on a plate, topped with strawberries and maple syrup.
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Sourdough Waffles

Sourdough waffles made using sourdough starter – no need for any additional leavening, and fluffy, crisp, and flavourful waffles. This recipe is lightly adapted from Alexandra's spelt sourdough waffles.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Rising Time8 hours
Total Time8 hours 20 minutes
Yield: 8

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Waffle iron
  • Measuring cups and spoons or a digital kitchen scale
  • pastry brush
  • Wire rack

Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • ¼ cup sourdough starter
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter or oil

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar and salt. Stir in the milk, starter, and melted butter, mixing until no streaks of flour remain.
    2 ¼ cups all purpose flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, ¼ teaspoon sea salt, 2 cups milk, ¼ cup sourdough starter, 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • Cover the bowl with a plate or lid and set it aside to rise overnight at room temperature. If your house is inordinately warm, above 20°C (68°F) or so, you may want to choose a cooler spot to prevent over-proofing.
  • The following morning, your batter should have risen significantly and the top should be covered in small bubbles.
  • Heat your waffle iron and grease with a bit of butter or oil before baking the waffles as instructed on your iron. They're done when the outside is lightly golden and crisp.
  • Place the baked waffles into a warm 200°F (90°C) oven on a wire rack to keep them warm - and crisp - while you finish the batch.
  • Serve warm with any desired toppings. Leftovers freeze well and can be reheated in the toaster.

Notes

• Your batter may smell a bit yogurt-like in the morning with dairy milk in the mix. This is totally fine, don't worry. If it smells really sour then it was probably left in way too warm a spot. If you're worried about the milk, either switch to non-dairy milk or less the batter rise in a cool place.

Nutrition

Serving: 1waffle | Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 120mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 188IU | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate. If this information is important to you, please have it verified independently.

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