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Gingerbread Sourdough Waffles
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Gingerbread Sourdough Waffles for a lazy weekend breakfast or brunch. Adaptable to non-sourdough recipes, too! Note: this recipe requires 12-hour (overnight) fermentation.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brunch, gingerbread, sourdough, waffles
Servings: 6 8-inch waffles
Calories: 200 kcal
Author: kellie anderson
The Overnight Sponge
  • 120 g light spelt flour or plain/all-purpose
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 225 ml yogurt or buttermilk
  • 120 g sourdough starter unfed/discard
Waffle Mix
  • Overnight Sponge
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda US: baking soda
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • 2 tsp Gingerbread spice mix Lebkuchen spice mix
  • extra oil for greasing the waffle iron or use an oil spray
Ginger-Date Syrup
  • 8 g gingerroot, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp anise seeds optional but fabulous here
  • 12 Deglet Nour dates, pitted or 8 Medjool dates
  1. Mix together the Overnight Sponge Mix. Cover and let sit out at a cool (16-18C) room temperature for 8-12 hours.

  2. The next day, beat the eggs and liquid fat into the sponge mix, along with the salt, bicarbonate of soda and the gingerbread spice mix. The mix should aerate a bit and "feel" lighter.

  3. Heat and oil your waffle iron as directed by manufacturer for waffles. Dollop on your waffle batter and bake according to the manufacturer's instructions. Serve hot with the ginger-date syrup, or maple syrup.

Ginger-Date Syrup
  1. Soak the dates in hot water for 15-30 minutes (longer time for dry dates). Pour off the water and add the dates, 200 ml of warm water, ginger and anise seeds to a blender or food processor (high speed blender works best). Add more water if you want a thinner syrup.

Recipe Notes

To make as non-sourdough waffles, use a standard waffle recipe for 6, 8-inch waffles, adding the Gingerbread/Lebkuchen spice mix.


The waffles freeze well if interleaved with parchment paper and storing in food bags. Heat from frozen under a grill/broiler or in a toaster on the appropriate setting for your toaster.


The Ginger-Date Syrup will keep in the refrigerator for four days.

Nutrition Facts
Gingerbread Sourdough Waffles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 200 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 124mg5%
Potassium 242mg7%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 59mg6%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.