Sunday, January 29, 2023


Ever had Alaska Sourdough Pancakes? Yum!

I’ve written recently and posted recipes about the great camp baked goods made from Alaska Sourdough (see recipes below). readers have seen how to make simple and delicious bread, hardtack, and biscuits.

The list of camp delectables made from Alaska Sourdough would in no way be complete, though, without mentioning the grandfather of all sourdough edibles: Alaska Sourdough Pancakes. Pancakes, “hotcakes,” “flapjacks,” or whatever you prefer to call them, were the reliable camp staple that fueled and sustained the sourdough prospectors, from the Western pioneers and the “49ers” of the California Gold Rush to the Klondike.

Alaska Sourdough Pancake recipe:


  • 1 cup Sourdough Starter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon bacon grease or vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda


Place starter, flour, and warm ( ̴ 90°F) water in a glass or non-reactive bowl. Mix thoroughly and let stand overnight in a warm place.

In the morning, stir the mixture and remove 1 cup for the starter crock.

Add the remaining ingredients, stirring well. I like to mix the baking soda with water in a small bowl, then “fold” it in for a smoother batter.

Drop pancake batter onto a hot griddle and cook until the edges are dry, then turn and cook until finished to a golden brown.

Makes about 8 sourdough pancakes.

More sourdough recipes:



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Thomas D
1 month ago

And where do you get starter?
I saw a recipe to make it but can’t remember where! Basically it was xxx and xxx and water and just let it set open on the counter. The bacteria is already in the air to get it started

Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  Thomas D

Hi, Thomas. Here is a link that Randall put into a post where you can buy sourdough starter: Or just Google sourdough starter. You’ll get tips on how to start your own, or other locations to buy it. Have fun! 😀 –Diane at

Dennis Gregory
1 month ago

You can get the same flavor and consistency by substituting beer (like Coors light) instead of milk. Bisquick or Krusteaz both work well; less lumps with Krusteaz, however. And, this works well for camping as you don’t need to keep any milk cool.

Last edited 1 month ago by Dennis Gregory
Bob M
1 month ago

The only thing I like as much as Christmas is Breakfast. I’ll try these pancakes.

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