In this series we’ll endeavour to guide you through every way to use up your sourdough starter that you might not have touched since lockdown 1.0. First on the agenda are these light and fluffy sourdough crumpets.
You’ve gone through the laborious process of growing and feeding and nurturing your starter. You may have made a few loaves with it (maybe more then you know what to do with). Now it’s time to try and have some fun with it. Sourdough isn’t just about the convenience of not having to use active yeast, it actually enhances the flavour too. Once your starter gets older you’ll notice the tang become stronger over time, especially if you don’t feed it as regularly.
In this post we’ll be starting with the basics. There’s loads of creations you can make simply with the discard from your feed like pancakes, flatbreads, crackers. Definitely don’t throw it away! Today we’ll be focusing on my favourite, sourdough crumpets. Honestly, once you’ve tried these you’ll never get shop bought again, they’re ridiculously easy and taste amazing. Just a heads up you will need either a crumpet ring or something that will do the same job (I used a circular pastry cutter and it worked great.
Sourdough Crumpets Recipe
- 200g sourdough starter
- a pinch of salt
- 70g plain white (all-purpose) flour
- 60g water
- 3/4 teaspoon of sugar
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- olive oil, for greasing
- 3-inch crumpet rings
Step 1. Combine the ingredients into a bowl and mix well.
Step 2. Heat a frying pan on low heat. Grease your crumpet ring with a tiny amount of olive oil so as to not let the batter stick, then place onto the pan.
Step 3. Spoon the batter into the rings, about 2 heaped tablespoons is enough for 1 crumpet. Leave to cook until bubbles start to form on the top of the batter. At this point you can shimmy the crumpet ring off the crumpet.
Step 4. The base of the crumpet should be a golden brown colour. If so, flip the crumpet to let it cook on its top, for 30 seconds or so.
Step 5. Transfer to plate and enjoy with butter and jam.
There you have it, easy homemade sourdough crumpets in just a few simple steps! If you’re looking for more sourdough starter tips, check out our how to make sourdough bread: a beginner’s guide.