Right now I’m really hoping you took heed of my advice last month and made yourself a sourdough starter.  Hopefully you, like me, have been enjoying lots of amazing loaves of bread ever since.  And if you do have some of that magical stuff sitting around, here is another great use for it: sourdough waffles.  If your starter is sitting around in need of a feeding, you have a win-win situation.  You can make some of these waffles for breakfast (or breakfast for dinner) and end up with a lovely treat rather than simply dumping some of the starter before replenishing it.  One thing I really love about this recipe is that you mix up most of the batter the night before, so in the morning all you have to do is mix in a few more ingredients and heat up the waffle iron.  My father-in-law has been making fabulous sourdough waffles for brunches as long as I can remember.  So good, in fact, that whenever you ask Andrew anything about his grandpa, the very first thing he says is, “Waffles!”  I’m happy that now we can enjoy them at home as well.


For the overnight sponge:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. sugar
2 cups buttermilk
1 cup sourdough starter, straight from the refrigerator (not fed)

For the waffles:
2 large eggs
¼ cup vegetable or canola oil, or melted butter
All of the overnight sponge
¾ tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda


  • 01

    To make the overnight sponge, combine the flour, sugar, buttermilk and sourdough starter in a large mixing bowl.  Mix well to blend.  Cover and let rest overnight at room temperature.

  • 02

    When you are ready to make the waffles, preheat a waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, combine the eggs and oil or butter.   Add to the overnight sponge.  Mix in the salt and baking soda, stirring well to combine.  The batter will bubble.  Pour the batter into the preheated waffle iron and bake according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

  • I love sourdough and I love waffles! Will be making these like.. tomorrow!

  • These waffles look delightful! :)

  • I haven’t made my sourdough starter yet but I WILL! Homemade bread is just so darn good, and these waffles look fantastic!!

  • This is reason enough to convince hubby to buy me a waffle maker! He says I’ll never use it… I disagree! Great suggestion!!! :)

  • I’d love me some strawberry waffles right about now.

  • Thats a unique recipe.

  • Waffles are one of my favorite brunch (or dinner) foods! This sourdough version sounds fantastic!

  • WOW, they look amazing!! I have put them on my list of things I’ll have to try :-)

    My best,
    Birthe from Denmark

  • What a great use of sour dough! I cannot wait to try!

  • I have got to get a waffle maker…

  • Great breakfast recipe, Annie! I wonder if these would be good with savory toppings, too, like some crumbled bacon and veggies. Thanks for sharing!

  • These waffles look amazing! and the strawberry mmmm yummy!. I’m going to try this for breakfast. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Well, I haven’t made any sourdough starter, but not I may have to. . .

  • Now, not “Not” Now I may have to. Ha ha!

  • My husband suffered a heart attack and life has been a rollercoaster ride for the past 2 weeks. I was pleased to find this recipe in my email today and something I can make and he can eat while on his heart healthy diet when he comes home. Inspired by your blog I started blogging recipes I tried and sharing with family and friends. My husband is my photographer.

  • Annie

    Oh Carol, I am so sorry to hear that. I hope he recovers quickly. You will all be in my thoughts.

  • looks heavenly and fresh and comforting and sweet :)

  • Annie, You described my situation perfectly. Sourdough starter sitting in the fridge needing to be fed. I love night-before stuff so these will be perfect. Now all I need is my grandson to come help me eat them.

  • These waffles look amazing! I am definitely going to have to make a sourdough starter too. These look so tasty!

  • Julie

    I am in search of the perfect waffle maker. Chewy inside and crispy outside! Which kind do you use?

  • Annie

    I wouldn’t call mine perfect, but the one I plan on buying and think is the best out there is the WaringPro Belgian waffle maker. I bought one for my father-in-law for Christmas a few years ago and it is the best.

  • Claire

    After i finally get a Waring waffle maker, I am trying this! I recently made red velvet pancakes with a cream cheese topping and pecan garnish…evil, but delish. Thank you!

  • Made the starter and have been using it for waffles and bread every since he started his recovery from his heart attack. The starter reminds me what a blessing it it to have him home!

  • I just made these waffles with my sourdough starter and they are so delicious. The waffles have that slightly sour taste and they are light and airy but not too airy.

  • Lauren Ochoa

    I removed a cup of my starter to feed it, I’m planning on making sourdough bread tomorrow (sponge is now in the fridge). I made these waffles for the kids for lunch (real healthy, I know:-). After dinner I served the leftovers folded over a smear of mascarpone cheese with some preserved figs and a drizzle of the fig syrup. Wow, yum! Would make an impressive offering for a holiday brunch I think.

  • Annelle

    These waffles are the best I have tried! Well worth the effort of having and keeping a sourdough starter. Yum! P.S. This recipe makes 8 waffles in the Waring Pro Professional Waffle Maker.

  • I LOVE this recipe! I’m composing this comment as my hubby is baking our waffles. We have the Kitchenaid double sided waffle baker. One of my prized appliances in my kitchen. Must go now…I smell waffles baking!