Thursday, July 14, 2011

Vegan Sourdough Applesauce Pancakes

I feel every person who maintains a sourdough starter should read my blog. Not for recipes, but for ideas so that they are not throwing the sourdough cast off (read money). What do you say?

Sometimes I feel I make stuff out of the sourdough more than I make bread out of it. Here is another version of pancakes which uses applesauce and has no added fat. I almost called it fat free pancakes but then realized that flax meal has some fat in it. Good one, but it is there. Best part was my kids loved them.
One Year Back - Roasted Red Bell Pepper Soup
Sourdough starter - 1 cup (unfed at room temperature)
Whole Wheat Flour - 1 cup
Flax seed powder / Flax meal - 2 TBSP
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Baking Soda - 1/4 tsp
Sugar - 2 TBSP (optional)
Applesauce - 1 cup (I used unsweetened, if you use sweetened, omit sugar completely)
Water - 1/4 - 1/2 cup to thin the batter to get proper consistency (or you could use non dairy milk) - See Notes
Optional addition - 1 tsp cinnamon

In a bowl, whisk together flour, salt, sugar if using, baking powder, baking soda, flax meal, cinnamon if using. Add sourdough starter, applesauce and water (start with 1/4 cup in the beginning). Stir to combine. Don't beat it. Let it sit for 3 - 5 minutes. Whole wheat flour will have absorbed good amount of water. Add 1/4 cup more if required. Heat the griddle and lightly spray it with vegetable oil spray or use a non-stick pan. Ladle the batter and cook the pancakes flipping only once. This made about 12 not too big pancakes. Serve with syrup or fruit compote.

I have given the range for quantity of water. It is because of two reasons. One is every sourdough consistency varies. Secondly, different whole wheat flour absorb different amounts of liquid. You might need even more based on these two ingredients.

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  1. Lovely looking delicious pancakes. Great photos.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  2. Yumm.. want them for breakfast :)

  3. Its amazing that u are still maintaining your sourdough starter..:) the whole thought of having so much to work with keeps me from trying it again:)..
    with just 2 people in the house, it doesnt get used up:)
    your ideas of using it are super cool!

  4. One of my goals is to play with a sourdough starter. After all, I live in California and it's only fitting:) I am leaving the country for a month, but as soon as the kids are settled back in school, I'll start on my adventure.
    I'll come back for the pointers:)
    And, I am so glad we have Susan as a friend in common:)

  5. Hello
    I landed into ur space via Priya's MharoRajasthan while reading about Iyengar Style Khara biscuits. I tried them and as u said they were super addictive. Inspired by them I created buttermilk swirls, which came out well too. Please visit my space whenever time permits :-) I went thro ur other recipes as well and have become a fan of ur bakes. Glad to follow u :-)

  6. WOW!!! This is absolutely tempting & yummy!!!

  7. Can applesauce be made at home? if yes, could you please post how? Thank you!

    1. Neha,
      Yes. Look under tips section and I have written a post about it.


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