Ellis Sourdough Waffles or Pancakes

It is the day after National Pancake Day. Ambushed, I felt, when I saw that IHOP gave away stacks of free pancakes yesterday, and I missed it. Not ambushed because I missed out on the pancakes, but because I missed out on pancakes that were free. I will go anywhere and do anything for free stuff. But, as belated tribute, I made Fuchsia and Lime into my own House of Pancakes. Just HOP.

The recipe is my mother’s from a classic Ellis text she self-published and distributed to an elite few, Five Sundays.


Ellis Sourdough Waffles or Pancakes

1 cup sourdough starter

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

3 T olive oil

3 T melted butter (I don’t put this in, but Mom does)

2 T honey

3 eggs

1 ½ tsp salt

1 cup milk (could use kefir, soy, almond, or regular milk—I use whatever is handy)

1 tsp vanilla (optional)

Mix all the goodies in a bowl and let sit out for at least an hour, but overnight is the best. This recipe makes waffles, so for pancakes, just add a little more liquid. Cook in your iron or on your griddle!


Mom also suggests, and I quote, “Add chips ala chocolate or butterscotch, or 2 T Grand Marnier, Oh Lord.”

I added nothing of the kind because I am a purist. Wheat is joy enough for me. That, and Queen Izz.


8 thoughts on “Ellis Sourdough Waffles or Pancakes

  1. Ha, I had the same reaction when I found out about IHOP’s offerings the day after National Pancake Day! I think we share the deep love of free stuff 🙂 Also, very cool that your family has a recipe book for insiders only – what a treasure!

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