Skillet Sourdough Pancake with Fresh Fruit and Strawberry Syrup

A lofty, tangy sourdough pancake, baked with fresh fruit, in a cast iron skillet. Served with fresh, vanilla-scented strawberry syrup. Start the batter the night before for a delicious breakfast treat.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Author Pancake adapted fromNYT Cooking, Strawberry syrup adapted from Laura Fuentes Fresh Living

Ingredients

  • For the pancake:
  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Peach slices (frozen, thawed are fine) and strawberries, also sliced
  • For the Strawberry Syrup
  • 1 cup diced , fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract
  • Granulated sugar , to sprinkle over the fruit before baking (optional)

Instructions

  1. The night before you plan to bake the pancake, mix the sourdough starter with the flours and milk in a large bowl. Cover with a tea towel and let sit at room temperature overnight. When you're ready to prepare the pancake, give the mixture a stir and scoop out a scant 1/2 cup. Save this in a glass jar for another batch of pancakes.
  2. Whisk the egg, egg white, baking soda, salt, honey, and vanilla paste into the rest of the sourdough batter. It will be thick, but airy and not too stiff. Add a little more milk, if necessary.
  3. Preheat the oven to 450°F., with a cast iron skillet inside the oven. (Use a 4-inch skillet for individual pancakes, or an 8-inch pan for a family style pancake). When the pan is hot, carefully remove it, and swirl in the butter until melted. Add enough fruit slices to just cover the bottom of the pan in a single layer. Sprinkle on a little granulated sugar, if you like. Gently add the batter, which will cover the fruit completely.
  4. Return the pan to the oven, reduce the heat to 425°F, and bake until the top of the pancake is evenly browned and the edges are crisp, about 12 to 15 minutes. Loosen the edges of the pancake, and invert it on to a serving plate, fruit-side up. Serve hot, with the strawberry syrup.
  5. To make the strawberry syrup: In a small saucepan, bring the strawberries, honey, and water to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Mix the cornstarch with a tablespoon of water in a small bowl. Add this slurry to the strawberry mixture, and cook, stirring, until slightly thickened. Add the vanilla paste. Cool slightly, then puree the mixture in a blender until smooth. At this point you can add a drop or two of red food coloring, if you like. Serve with the pancake. Any leftover syrup can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for several days.