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bryoria

These are quite possibly the best thing I've ever made from my sourdough starter, and by far the quickest and easiest.  Crumpets are my most favorite storebought baked item - they are soft & chewy with big, open holes on the top for the butter and honey to seep into.  They are wonderful, and I had almost given up hope of making my own when I happened across this old recipe on the King Arthur website.

It worked like a charm!

  • For this batch I mixed 1 1/2 cups of my leftover 100% hydration starter (right out of the fridge where I'd been collecting it every time I made bread) with 1.5 teaspoons white granulated sugar, 3/4 teaspoon baking soda, and 3/4 teaspoon salt.  Almost immediately, it gets very, very bubbly. 
  • I poured the batter into 3.5" crumpet rings on my pancake griddle in a big dollop that slowly spread to fill the rings about 1/4 inch deep before rising. 
  • I only have 4 crumpet rings, so once the sides started to set, I removed the rings and poured 4 more while letting the first ones cook until there were lots of bubbles on top and the sides were getting dry. 
  • I flipped them briefly, and took them off the griddle.
  • I ate some hot right off the griddle (soooo good), and heated the rest up the toaster later on.
  • To serve them, spread with butter and honey and watch them disappear into the holes, saturating the crumpet with buttery goodness.  They are not crispy like english muffins.
  • 1 1/2 cups starter made 12 crumpets.

I have since tried this recipe with freshly fed sourdough starter, with less luck.  It seems to work best with the old leftovers I collect in my fridge over several weeks.  I also tried a half whole wheat version, but the texture just isn't the same as with 100% white flour. 

I'll be making these again!

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Feeding Leftover Starter

September 12, 2007 - 12:46pm -- KipperCat

I managed to ignore my starter long enough that it got rather wimpy, so now I'm feeding it twice a day.  Rather than discard the leftovers, I accumulate them in the fridge.  I've started adding just a bit of food before refrigerating, though keeping it at about 100%.  I'm feeding it only about 80-10-10 or even less, but it seems to keep the leftovers happy until I'm ready to use them.  Does anyone else do this? Is it serving a purpose or could I just as well accumulate it as is?

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