Easy to Follow Sourdough Discard Waffles Recipe

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Craving some waffles? Why not add a sourdough discard to the mix. Not only does a sourdough starter discard provide incredibly gorgeous flavors, but the extraordinary texture of your waffles will have you coming back for more till your stomach begs you to stop! Check out this simple sourdough discard waffles recipe.

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Waffle on black pan with white cream

How to Make Sourdough Discard Waffles

Making sourdough waffles is incredibly fun, all you need is a mixing bowl, and a trusty waffle maker, and you’re halfway there!

Here’s how to make it:

Ingredients Needed

You may notice that the ingredients required for sourdough discard waffles are quite similar to sourdough discard pancakes, they also happen to be equally as delicious!

Here’s what you’ll need for your scrumptious breakfast waffles.

  • 240 grams sourdough discard – A great way to use up your jar of discarded sourdough, is through these delicious sourdough recipes.
  • 230 grams of buttermilk – If you don’t have any buttermilk at home, you can make some yourself! Simply mix 3/4 cup of plain yoghurt with 1/4 cup of milk to make your very own buttermilk substitute.
  • 120 grams of all-purpose flour – You can use all-purpose flour for this recipe, or half whole wheat flour for a distinct nutty flavor. When using whole grain flour, your waffles won’t emerge as crisp and light as you’d expect, so keep that in mind!
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, maple syrup, or honey – This is entirely optional, but since your sourdough discard can emit a sour taste, it’s better to add a hint of sweetness to your sourdough waffle recipe.
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter (salted) – You can use coconut oil if you prefer, just remember to lightly increase the salt.
  • 1 large egg – This will hold the batter together.
  • ½ teaspoon unrefined sea salt – For extra flavor
  • 1 teaspoon Baking soda – With sourdough discard and buttermilk being acidic, there is no need for baking powder to add with baking soda in this recipe.


  1. First turn on your waffle maker so it can heat up. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 200°F and place an oven-safe plate inside. This is to keep the cooked waffles warm while you finish making the rest.
  2. In a large bowl combine your wet ingredients: buttermilk, sourdough discard, eggs, warm melted butter, and honey.
  3. In a separate bowl add flour, baking soda, and salt. Then add your wet ingredients to the bowl, and mix till there are no lumps or fragments of dry batter.
  4. Spoon ½ cup of batter into the waffle maker. It’s important to note that the amount of batter you use will rely upon the size of the waffle maker. For instance, in a regular American waffle maker, you can use around ½ cup of batter per waffle. But in a deep Belgian waffle maker, that tends to create thicker waffles, you should use about ¾ cup of batter.
  5. Furthermore, the cooking time will also depend on your waffle baker and the amount of batter you are cooking. In an American waffle maker, these waffles will be ready in 2 minutes. On the other hand, a Belgian waffle maker will transform your waffle batter into large, thick sourdough waffles in 3 minutes!
  6. Serve and add your favorite toppings!

How to Tell When My Sourdough Discard Waffles Are Done?

When anticipating the outcome of your waffle batter, some of the tell-tale signs to look out for is the color of your sourdough waffles. Your waffles are ready to devour once they are a wonderful light, golden brown.

Remember to check your waffle after they have cooked for 2 to 3 minutes, anything before that will probably be undercooked. Set a timer for 2 minutes, after which you should carefully lift the lid of your waffle maker to check on your forming waffles. Once they’re nice and golden, gently make a tiny incision with a knife, and check whether the insides are nice and fluffy.

Topping Ideas for Sourdough Discard Waffles

If you love topping smooth sourdough pancakes with fun and colorful ingredients, then why not treat your sourdough waffles the same?

Here are some scrumptious toppings for you to try!

  • Top with maple syrup or honey for that sticky, sweet goodness.
  • Add a glob (or many globs) of whipped cream to your waffle and indulge in its creamy depth!
  • Experience a fruity, citrusy blast with every mouthful, by adding some of your favorite fruits to your waffles. Top with any fruit of your choice, from sliced peaches to diced mangoes to create a spectacular contrast in both texture and flavors!
  • If you’re a chocolate lover like me, then grab some chocolate or caramel sauce and go crazy!
  • Spread some of your favorite jam over your fresh sourdough waffles for a delightful breakfast treat.
Because waffles are delicious.

How to Serve Sourdough Waffles

When it comes to serving waffles, you can serve them like pancakes. Stacked and topped with delicious toppings.

Here are some delicious ideas for you to try:

  • Immediately after the waffles have finished cooking, slather them with melted butter, followed by a light dusting of cinnamon sugar.
  • Top these scrumptious sourdough discard waffles with fresh raspberries, and lots of vanilla ice cream, to satiate any craving.
  • These sourdough waffles are best served alongside crispy bacon and gooey fried eggs.
  • You can use sourdough waffles in place of hamburger buns, but this works best for waffle batter that isn’t sweetened with ingredients like honey, or sugar – that is if you prefer.

How to Store Sourdough Waffles

Once your waffles have cooled and reached room temperature, any leftovers can be stored and reheated. Place the leftover waffle in an airtight container and place it in the fridge for up to 4 days. If you’re dealing with several leftover sourdough waffles, then slide each waffle on to pieces of parchment paper, and layer them on top of each other, before placing them in a container and refrigerating.

When you’re craving a bite of these yummy treats, simply remove them from the fridge and pop them into a heated oven for about 5 minutes.

More Sourdough Discard Recipes

Sourdough waffle recipes happen to produce the perfect batch of discard waffles for you and your family to enjoy. And if you love making use of all that sourdough discard in your fridge, then you’re going to salivate over these sourdough discard recipes:

Scrumptious Sourdough Waffles

For a recipe that delights your taste buds with every morsel, look to sourdough starter waffles. These golden brown waffles will amaze, and tease you with their brilliance – trust me, they’re simply irresistible.


What is Sourdough Discard?

Essentially, sourdough discard refers to a small portion of sourdough starter that is discarded before feeding. Some may choose to dispose of the discard entirely, whilst others prefer to collect each portion of discard and store it in a jar, to use in future sourdough starter discard recipes.

By Natasha Krajnc

Hi! My name is Natasha and I'm specialized in home sourdough bread baking and currently based in Slovakia - a very small country in Central Europe. My bread baking story began in 2011 when I decided to give up commercial yeast. I felt tired all the time (especially after eating bread and other foods made with yeast), I wasn’t motivated to do anything, had trouble concentrating throughout the day, my abdomen was bloated and I was like a trumpet on steroids – basically, I was quite a wreck. I was a big bread lover (and still am) and having to stop eating bread was quite hard at that time but I felt I was on a right way to give my body a chance to heal itself.

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