Every year the Squires clan gathers along the Clearwater River in Northeast Idaho for a weekend of food, fun, and competition. There are games to be played or created, rivalries to uphold, trophies on which to etch our names, and… the highlight of the weekend: breakfast at Larry and Carrie’s campsite. Homemade sausages, home-raised eggs, and sourdough huckleberry pancakes. Carrie’s sourdough is at least 3 generations old!

I started my sourdough from scratch this last winter, using whey from our milk keifer and flour. I found the “How To” here.  My recipe is, I think, the combination/fine tuning of several recipes that I’ve attempted, all the while aiming to make them taste like uncle Larry’s: light, a little chewy, with a slight crispness, and the deliciously mild sourness of sourdough. You might think I could have just asked him for his recipe, but such requests are never that straightforward. So here is the one I am using right now, it is likely to be modified by the end of next week, because just like sourdough itself, a good pancake recipe is alive and growing.

The night before: Mix 1cup of flour with 1tbsp of sugar and 1/2 tsp of salt. Then add 3cups of sourdough starter, having fed it 2-12 hours before (recommended but not essential). Depending on the consistency of your starter, you may want to add some water (about 1/3 cup). You want it thick, but more like a batter than a dough. Let it sit on the counter overnight covered with a tea towel. In the morning, I add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and three eggs and stir. Then about 1/2cup of milk with some lemon juice squeezed in and splash of vanilla.  Give that all a really good stir and scoop out 1/3 cup of batter per pancake and drop some blueberries (saskatoons or huckleberries will work if you have them) on the uncooked side as soon as you pour the batter on the pan.  They should come off a little chewy, a little sour, and you should eat roughly twice as many as you would a regular pancake. This recipe should make about 20 pancakes.

Let me know how they taste, or if you need a little starter…

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