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What caused SD English muffins & crumpets to have a grey, brown discoloration?

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margieluvschaz

What caused SD English muffins & crumpets to have a grey, brown discoloration?



Hello,


I'm very new to the Fresh Loaf site.  I have a question that I was hoping one of you might be able to help me with.  Every time that I make Sourdough English muffins or Crumpets, after the items cool, they get a greyish dark brown discloration.  I have used 2 different recipes on both items.  At first I thought it might be from my starter because I had fed it with wheat flour once by acccident.  I also thought perhaps it could be caused by undercooking so this last time I cooked them longer on an electric flat griddle.  Would cooking them in the oven work better? 


They always looks perfect after I make them but the discoloration shows up after the items have cooled.  This time I used a recipe with some wheat flour & I thought they were going to be perfect, but sure enough after cooling the discoloration showed up.  Does anyone know what I am doing wrong?


thanks so much! I love this site & learn so much from all of you!


Margie

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swtgran

I read someplace that overworking the dough can cause that.  I have the same problem.  I have not tried making them since I read that was the problem. 

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SylviaH

baking soda...maybe, if your recipe calls for it!  Your recipe probably doesn't have egg in it but to much baking soda in a recipe with eggs can also gives a greenish, gray color.


 

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fjpayne

Same thing happened to me last night. Came out perfect had a few for dinner (that were absolutely wonderful) and when I came home from work today they were all totally grey around the middle. One seemed to be less grey than the others. No bad smell. USed the recipe from fresh loaf. Calls for one tsp of baking soda (I used a heaping tsp). They did look just a bit undercooked to me around the center

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margieluvschaz

Hello for me it was the baking soda that caused the problem.  I made a few different recipes that don't have baking soda in them with great results.  Good Luck!


Margie