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Monday, February 27, 2012

Sourdough Waffles

Hello again! I made these sourdough waffles with my mom's sourdough starter, and they were absolutely phenomenal. Such a tender crunch when you bit into the waffles, and so good you almost don't need syrup! Try making some sourdough starter sometime (google it!) and make some waffles out of it, you'll enjoy them!

Here's the sourdough starter- my mom keeps some going almost all the time!

Here's the first mixture of ingredients...

And the finished batter!

Sourdough Waffles
-2 cups flour
-2 tablespoons sugar
-2 cups buttermilk
-1 cup sourdough starter
-2 eggs
-1/4 cup veggie oil or melted butter
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon baking soda
Mix together the flour, sugar, milk, and starter. Then add all other ingredients and mix well.
Make in your waffle iron of choice!

Here's the batter in the waffle iron, heating up already!

And here are the finished waffles! Aren't they lovely?

Savor it!
love, rue


  1. Hi Rue,
    Your recipe looks great! Now, where to get sourdough starter...

    Actually, I'm contacting you for a different reason. Your site was the only result I got when I googled "Bucks County Cookbook."

    I own that book - it means a lot to me, great recipe for Yorkshire pudding, lemon sponge cake, etc - and my mother had it for years until she gave it to me. (She died this summer.) The book had been falling apart over the years; it's missing its back cover, frontspiece, title page and w/o the publishing information, I don't know the title.

    In your posting, you said your grandmother no longer owned the book; I have scanned the original recipe page for Shoo-fly Pie and cover for you, so you can see the genuine article, if you want.

    I, too, would like to find a copy in better condition. Have you ever run across copies on the internet - opensource or googlebooks?

    If you do want the scans, I can send jpegs to you - please just post your email and I'll get them to you right away.

    Thanks, and nice blog!


  2. Hi Beth!

    How incredibly kind of you to scan those for me!

    Recently my mother was able to find a copy on the internet somewhere, so she now has a copy of the cookbook, which is really nice, but I think it was hard to find. I'll ask her and get back to you as to where she found it! I'll also let you know if I find an on-line version- what a great resource that would be, to have an archive of old cookbooks!

    And how wonderful to come across someone who also holds this cookbook in a dear place- and someone who knows what Yorkshire pudding and Shoo-fly Pie are!

    Thank you for the kind words about my blog!


  3. Hi Rue,

    Thanks for your swift reply! That's great that your mother found this cookbook - I also just came upon some copies, mostly later editions, and found the church that originally published them.

    One copy is about $3.50 or so; a "very good" copy is $7.50, so not too bad. But, I am curious about where your mother found hers.

    And the recipes can be quite hilarious, but many are good, as you know.

    It's funny - I hadn't looked at this in a while; I went to it today to see if they had a recipe for "Beet Eggs" - aka pickled eggs. In Ohio and, I've heard, PA and other states in the region, they add beets.

    By the way, I have loved Yorkshire pudding since childhood - my mother used this book's recipe and one from my "Nana" - my English grandmother. The Bucks County, PA and English connection?
    My mother's family was English; but she was born in the US after they immigrated to Ventor, NJ, from England. As a child, she was sent to a relative's farm in the PA Dutch country, to escape Atlantic City summers (and boys her parents didn't want her to flirt with!). Later, she attended art school in Philly, where the famous Reading Market would bring PA Dutch delicacies (and also scrapple) to urban folks - so she solidified her love of certain regional specialties.

    Sorry for the long post, but this brings back many memories.

    North Central Vermont

  4. Hi again Beth!

    My mom got back to me and said that she found her copy used on, so I hope that's helpful!

    And yes, the book is hilarious! I also love its much more simplistic instructions compared to what you find in a cookbook today ("moderate oven" and other instructions like that!)

    My mother's side of my family has lots of German and English background, and huge PA Dutch connections- My mom's family all grew up in various parts of PA so I've had this food around me all my life.

    Savor it!