As with most of the population this year, my husband took up baking sourdough bread. I knew nothing about sourdough starter, and while my husband has certainly learned more about it than I, what I did learn is that you have to throw some of this stuff out every day. Every. Day.
I don’t like wasting food, so I have been trying to find various recipes to use the sourdough starter discard. I’ve made some really yummy sourdough blueberry muffins and now I’ve made some really yummy sourdough s’more waffles.
If you don’t have sourdough starter, sometimes you can get it from a local bakery for free. They are throwing it out daily as well and so sometimes they will give it to customers. I know in the past Squarz Bakery has given out free starter. Contact them, or another bakery to inquire.
If you don’t have sourdough starter, you can certainly make regular waffles and add the s’mores topping.
There are quite a few recipes out there, but I love this one from serious eats, which is outlined below. When I make regular (non S’more) waffles and try to be healthier I substitute splenda for the sugar and they taste great! This recipe makes 7-8 waffles depending on how much batter you pour into the iron.
Mix the following dry ingredients in a bowl:
- 5 ounces all-purpose flour, such as Gold Medal (1 cup, spooned; 142g)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder (1/4 ounce; 6g)
- 1 ounce granulated sugar (2 tablespoons; 30g)
- 1 teaspoon (4g) Diamond Crystal kosher salt; for table salt, use half as much by volume or use the same weight
Mix the following wet ingredients in a bowl
- 2 large eggs (3 1/2 ounces; 100g)
- 6 ounces whole milk (3/4 cup; 170g)
- 8 ounces sourdough starter, unfed/discard (1 cup; 226g)
- 1 1/2 ounces unsalted butter, melted (3 tablespoons; 40g)
Add the dry mixture to the wet and whisk until combined. Cook in a waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions. I didn’t have my manual handy, so I just had to perform a little R&D to figure out the best setting on my iron to make a nice golden waffle.
Marshmallow: You can use either marshmallow fluff or you can create a marshmallow fluff from regular marshmallows. I made my own fluff because I had a bag of marshmallows sitting in the pantry. To make your own fluff, add 1 cup of mini marshmallows or 8-10 large marshmallows cut into quarters (they melt faster when cut to mini marshmallow size) to a double broiler (or google how to make a double broiler out of pots/pans if you don’t have one, that’s what I did). Using low heat, stir frequently. Once they start to get sticky add 2 teaspoons of corn syrup (I actually used maple syrup because I didn’t have corn syrup). You can also make your own simple syrup and use that instead. Keep stirring so it doesn’t burn, then once it is all melted it’s ready to “pour” over your waffles. I use the word “pour” loosely, it’s actually a gooey, sticky mess! The fluff takes some time to make so don’t wait until the waffles are cooked to make your fluff, otherwise the waffles will get cold.
Chocolate: You can use either chocolate syrup or melt down a chocolate bar in a pan using low heat and continually stirring or melt in the microwave. I melted a dark chocolate bar in the microwave. Be careful when using a microwave that you melt for small increments of time (like 20-30 seconds at a time), then check and stir. It’s easy to burn chocolate in the microwave. Drizzle the chocolate over the marshmallow.
Graham Cracker: Just use your hands to crumble a graham cracker over the marshmallow and chocolate.
We hope you have S’more fun making these!