Quick Sourdough Discard Waffles Recipe - Thyme For The Table (2024)

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This Quick Sourdough Discard Waffles Recipe will transform your sourdough discard into crispy, flavorful waffles in no time! These are easy sourdough discard waffles not overnight waffles!

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I grew up eating regular waffles as one of my favorite breakfast foods. When I finally got into making sourdough bread and finding ways to use my ever-growing discard I discovered my love for crispy sourdough waffles.

Waffles with sourdough discard are delicious, flavorful waffles and super easy to make! Follow the recipe and tips to make them too!

Add these waffles to the Ultimate Waffle Charcuterie Board!

Another great way to use leftover sourdough discard is in this New York style sourdough discard bagel recipe. I even have a video tutorial. Making bagels is easier than you think!

Why You’ll Love Sourdough Discard Waffles

  • Using leftover sourdough starter in waffles is a great way to put your discard to good use and help reduce food waste.
  • Unfed sourdough starter gives the crispy waffles a delicious flavor!
  • These are quicksourdough discard waffles.The batter doesn't need an overnight rest, it is ready in just a few minutes!
  • They have a very mild sourdough flavor because they are not overnight waffles.

Ingredients for Waffles Made with Sourdough Discard

To begin on your sourdough waffle journey, gather the following ingredients. Don't forget to check out the substitutions listed below!

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Sourdough discard (or active starter) adds tanginess and depth of flavor to the waffles while also contributing to their leavening.

Milk provides moisture and richness to the batter, resulting in a tender texture.

Egg acts as a binding agent, contributing to the structure and texture of the waffles.

White Sugar adds sweetness to thesourdough starter discard waffles.

All-Purpose Flour provides structure and stability to the batter, ensuring thesourdough starter waffleshave the right texture.

Salt enhances the flavor of the waffles.

Baking soda acts as a leavening agent, helping the waffles rise and become fluffy.

​Melted butter enhances the flavor and richness of the homemade waffles while also contributing to their crispiness.

Substitutions

  • Active Sourdough starter can replace the discard.
  • Buttermilk can replace the milk. I've also made these with oat milk before.
  • Honey can substitute for white sugar.
  • Bread flour can be used in place of all-purpose flour.
  • Coconut oil or vegetable oil can replace the butter. I've even used a mild tasting olive oil.

How to Make Sourdough Discard Waffles

In a medium bowl, combine the wet ingredients of sourdough discard, milk, and egg. Whisk it together. Add the dry ingredients of sugar, flour, salt, and baking soda to the bowl.

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Mix until a smooth waffle batter forms.Add the melted butter to the mixed batter and mix it again.

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Let the batter rest while you preheat your waffle iron according to its instructions.

Spray it with oil if necessary (I don't need to with my iron). Pour a little batter onto the hot waffle iron depending on the size of your waffle iron.

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Close the waffle iron and cook until the waffles are golden brown and crispy.

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Repeat until you've used up all the batter.

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Top the crisp sourdough waffles with maple syrup or your favorite toppings. Waffles from sourdough starter discard are so flavorful!

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Tips for Making the Best Sourdough Discard Waffles

  • Let the sourdough waffle batter rest for about 5 minutes before cooking. This allows the leavening agent to work its magic, resulting in fluffy waffles.
  • Adding too much batter will cause the waffles to be a little on the dense side and the batter may overflow from the sides of the waffle iron.
  • This recipe works with all waffle irons. I use the Dash Mini Waffle Iron for waffles that are the perfect size to reheat in the toaster. Use a deep Belgian waffle maker forsourdough discard Belgian waffles.

Storing and Freezing Waffles

My kids love reheating frozen waffles for a quick breakfast during the school week!

How to Store Waffles

Allow the cooked​waffles to fully cool before storing them. Store any leftover sourdough waffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

How to Freeze Waffles

For a quick breakfast option, freeze your waffles in freezer bags. Place small pieces of parchment paper between each waffle to prevent them from sticking together. Then, transfer the frozen waffles to freezer bags, remove as much air as possible before sealing, and store them in the freezer for up to several weeks.

How to Reheat Waffles

Pop your waffles into a toaster, toaster oven, or on a baking sheet in a regular oven for a few minutes until they're heated through and crisp. Youcan microwave leftover waffles, but they won't crisp back up in the microwave.

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Flavor Variations for Sourdough Waffles with Discard

​Get creative with your waffle flavors!

  • Sweet Flavor Options:Try Adding mini chocolate chips, vanilla extract, blueberries, or chopped nuts to the waffle batter for a sweet twist.
  • Savory Options:Mix in shredded cheddar cheese, cooked bacon bits, or herbs like rosemary and thyme.

Toppings for Waffles

Top your delicious sourdough waffles with your favorite toppings, such as maple syrup, fresh fruit, or a dollop of whipped cream.

Or try some savory toppings such as peanut butter or other nut butters.

This Waffle Charcuterie Board is perfect for guests to pick their favorite waffle toppings.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I store leftover batter in the fridge?

Yes, leftover waffle batter can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days. You may notice the sourdough flavor becomes stronger the longer it stays in the fridge.

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Don't want to make waffles from scratch? Try this Aunt Jemima Waffle Recipe.

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Quick Sourdough Discard Waffles Recipe

This Quick Sourdough Discard Waffles Recipe will change your discard into crispy, flavorful waffles in no time! Try these easy discard waffles!

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Course: Breakfast

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes minutes

Servings: 12 small waffles

Author: Jen Talley

Cost: $2

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sourdough discard (or active starter) (230 grams)
  • 1 cup milk (230 grams)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (25 grams)
  • 1 cup flour (130 grams)
  • ½ teaspoon salt (2 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (5 grams)
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter (or oil) (43 grams)

Instructions

  • Add the sourdough discard, milk, and egg to a medium mixing bowl. Use a whisk to mix thoroughly.

  • Add the sugar, flour, salt, and baking soda to the bowl. Use the whisk to mix it until it is mostly smooth. Add the melted butter to the batter and again whisk it until it is smooth.

  • Let the batter rest while you preheat the waffle iron.

  • Spray your waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray (if needed). You may need to add anywhere between ¼ cup to 1 cup of batter to your waffle iron depending how large it is.

    Adding too much batter will cause the waffles to be a little on the dense side and the batter may overflow from the sides of the waffle iron.

  • Let the waffles cook according to the directions on your waffle iron.

  • Carefully remove the crispy, golden brown waffles and enjoy!

Notes

Tips:

    • Let the sourdough waffle batter rest for about 5 minutes before cooking. This allows the leavening agent to work its magic, resulting in fluffy waffles.
    • This recipe works with all waffle irons. I use the Dash Mini Waffle Iron for waffles that are the perfect size to reheat in the toaster. You can also use a Belgian waffle maker.

Storage: Allow the cooked ​waffles to fully cool before storing them. Store any leftover sourdough waffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Freezing: Place small pieces of parchment paper between each waffle to prevent them from sticking together. Then, transfer the frozen waffles to freezer bags, remove as much air as possible before sealing, and store them in the freezer for up to several weeks.

Reheating: Pop your waffles into a toaster, toaster oven, or on a baking sheet in a regular oven for a few minutes until they're heated through and crisp. You can microwave leftover waffles, but they won't crisp back up in the microwave.

Waffles with sourdough starter discardare the perfect way to transform excess sourdough starter into a delightful breakfast. Experiment with flavors, freeze for convenience, and savor the crispy goodness of these easy sourdough waffles.

Join the sourdough train and indulge in the world of yummy waffles with this easy sourdough waffle recipe. Whether you have a Belgian waffle maker or a classic iron, this recipe is sure to satisfy your waffle cravings. I promise these are better than Sam's sourdough waffles!

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  1. Rebecca says

    Quick Sourdough Discard Waffles Recipe - Thyme For The Table (20)
    These waffles have a nice mild sourdough flavor that my whole family enjoyed. I love that it is a easy and quick recipe for busy mornings.

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    • Jen Talley says

      I'm so happy you enjoyed them!

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