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Most of our breakfasts are quite quick. But on weekends or days without school or work, we’ll have a more leisurely breakfast. Sourdough pancakes are often requested. Due to cost, we very rarely have maple syrup with our pancakes. Sometimes I’ll make Buttermilk Syrup, but quite often we have Farmer Boy Pancakes.

Farmer Boy Pancakes: Sourdough pancakes

This recipe was originally published in April 2013.

These delicious sourdough pancakes came about several years ago after I re-read Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Farmer Boy is the story of Almanzo Wilder (Laura’s future husband) as a child living on a farm in upstate New York. I love all of the Little House books, but I’m especially fond of Farmer Boy. Here is an excerpt from the book describing our Farmer Boy Pancakes, which Almanzo refers to as “stacked pancakes.”

“Ten pancakes cooked on the smoking griddle, and as fast as they were done Mother added another cake to each stack and buttered it lavishly and covered it with maple sugar. Butter and sugar melted together and soaked the fluffy pancakes and dripped all down their crisp edges.

That was stacked pancakes. Almanzo liked them better than any other kind of pancakes.”


Farmer Boy Sourdough Pancakes

Crispy pancakes, butter, and maple sugar. Yummy!

Since I don’t usually have maple sugar on hand, I use Sucanat. With its delicious molasses flavor, it gives the pancakes a wonderful taste. I always use my sourdough starter to make Farmer Boy Pancakes. This recipe from Traditional Cooking School is our favorite for Sourdough Pancakes. It uses the sourdough starter but doesn’t require any additional soaking, making a quick breakfast with no preplanning required. I also make regular pancakes with regular pancakes with this recipe.



This isn’t really a recipe, but I’ll share what we do for our Farmer Boy Pancakes.

Heat up your skillet(s) in a generous amount of butter. The more butter you use, the crispier your pancakes will be.

As the skillets heat, mix up the sourdough pancake batter using this recipe.

Cook the pancakes as normal, flipping when each side is ready.

As the pancakes come off the skillet, slather each one in butter. Sprinkly about 1/4 teaspoon of Sucanat over each. The next pancake goes over the top, and the process continues.

Each person takes a stack of pancakes and tops them with yogurt, clabber cheese, or cottage cheese. Delicious!


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