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English muffins vs crumpets

These are crumpets. They are made from a batter. They are made using crumpet rings.

Up until about a year ago, I thought crumpets and English muffins were the same thing. Whooops. That was my first (far from last) British food faux pas.

The funny thing is these crumpets were supposed to be English muffins. Butttt I forgot about them 😑

Yesterday morning I started some English muffin dough from the recipe from my ebook (rosehillsourdough.com)

My wife had made a comment about how we hadn’t had English muffins in a while so I figured I’d whip some up for Sunday morning breakfast!

So I made the dough. I got through I think the 3rd or 4th fold even. Then I totallllly forgot about them until about 30 minutes ago when I found the dough in the cupboard above my stove. 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

It would be kind to call it “dough”. It was so overprooved that nothing could be done. All structure was lost. Ideas like “I could rescue it” and “it could still be a focaccia” quickly disappeared the more I tried to form the goopy mess into a ball.

Then. Bing! 💡Light Bulb! Crumpets. They’re basically English muffins right 😂😂😂

I mixed in 75g of milk, 3g of baking soda, 6g of baking powder, and 15g of maple syrup. Totally winged it.

You know what? They’re pretty good 😂😂

I wouldn’t recommend using this method to make crumpets, but I would encourage you to always be resourceful. Adapt. React. As much as baking is science, a lot of time, it’s just improv. You’ll be surprised how quickly you learn to trust you gut when you’ve done these recipes a few times.

Oh and no crumpet rings? You’re fine. These also made killer pancakes.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

Mike
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