Happy Father's Day!
There are probably not any fathers but mine reading this, but happy father's day to any who are! To everyone who has fathers, you should make them sourdough pancakes! They are the most awesome pancakes you will ever have. And they are best served with maple syrup. I made them for Sir (my dad) when I was in Maui. This recipe comes straight out of a vintage bread cookbook.
1 cake yeast (1Tbsp)
2 cups warm water
2 cups flour
Dissolve the yeast in water and add the flour. Whisk thoroughly. Leave in a warm place overnight. (The oven works well, but just make sure you take them out before you tur it on for anything!)
Now the idea behind a starter is that you can keep it and continue to use it week after week (or day after day). I have never had great luck in keeping a starter, so I generally just make up a new one the night before anytime I want to make pancakes. If you DO want to make/use a proper starter, in the morning, take out 1/2 cup of the mixture, pour in a scalded jar, cover, and store in the refrigerator for future use.
Either way, the next day, add to your sourdough (with or without the 1/2 cup removed):
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp shortening, melted (or oil)
1 egg, beaten
Mix well. If the batter is too thick (never a problem I've had) you can add some milk to thin it. Make your pancakes on a nice hot griddle and enjoy!