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This post records a failure in our kitchen. I think we home cooks do a disservice to each other when we only post our successes. So, here goes….
Rick’s been playing with sourdough starter. As anyone knows who has tried it, you rapidly get to the point where you need new, quick uses of starter. Last Sunday, we decided to try crumpets. Rick learned from some source that crumpets are a very old recipe, originally made with whole wheat and sourdough. So, it seemed like a natural solution to our problem of too much whole wheat starter.
Since Rick has taken more of an interest in cooking, our kitchen resembles a science lab, more and more.
We tried English muffin rings to keep the batter in place, but the crumpets stuck to the sides.
For later batches, we tried free-form crumpets, which turned out to look like pancakes.
The tea was good!
The crumpets were okay, but we’re not sure how to improve them. The only thing we have to compare to are packaged crumpets made with white flour and yeast. So, rather than proceed down a path that isn’t very clear, our future sourdough adventures will be with pancakes or English muffins.
I’ll link this post to Weekend Cooking tomorrow. Check out Beth Fish Reads for a list of links to, probably, much more successful culinary adventures.