- Crumpets are always made with milk, but English muffins never do.
- Crumpets are made only using baking soda, while English muffins are made with yeast or sourdough (maybe with a little baking soda to help things along).
- Crumpet batter is a loose batter. English muffins are made from a firmer dough.
- Crumpets are dimply, sponge like while English muffins are dense and bread like.
- Crumpets are cooked on the griddle only on one side using crumpet rings , so the bottom is flat and toasted while the top is speckled with butter absorbing holes . English muffins are bread-like and, cut out with a biscuit cutter and are cooked on the griddle on both sides.
- Crumpets are served with the jam and butter spread and never split into halves. English muffins are split before serving.
|Cornmeal coat gives muffins a rustic feel|
|This muffin sandwich|
It has been a while since I saw any Gardenia English muffins on sale in the supermarkets. And thus, I embarked on a long futile search for this classic English breakfast item and landed full circle to the solution in my fridge. My own home grown sour dough starter.
Time to take matters into my own hand.
Before proceeding, there is a conundrum that needs to be addressed. Prior to this, I have interchangeably been calling this a muffin and a crumpet. But a little reading resolves this and now I am certain what I have made is an English muffin, not quite a crumpet. Here's why :
In the Americanized version of 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry and Hermoine ate crumpets instead of English muffins, much to the chagrin of British readers, since the two are not quite the same thing ,culturally and culinarily. Some say the edition compromised certain flavors. Mm, some food for thought.
(Information from : www.thekitchn.com and more)
Now, the how :
To make a successful English muffin, what you need is some fed sourdough and lots of time. The sponge takes at least 8 hours to ferment and some planning is needed so that you have it for breakfast, not supper. A tad troublesome, true, but the results are totally worth it.
Verdict : Whichever way to eat it, I like the muffin best when lightly toasted. I had it with jam for breakfast and then some more with ham, cheese and an assortment of sandwich condiments for dinner. Can't say it is not versatile enough! Remember to ferment adequately at the final stage for a lighter muffn.
Sourdough English Muffins :
Makes 10 muffins
110 g fed sourdough starter
160 g plain flour
100 g whole wheat flour
276 g water. I used low fat milk
Final Dough Ingredients:
75 g flour
3/4 t salt
1/2 t baking soda.
2 t malt barley ( honey as alternative )
all of the sponge
Mix the sponge ingredients until just combined. Cover and let rest overnight , from 8 - 12 hours for the most flavoursome results due to the optimum level of lactic acid produced by the wild yeast. By this, you will prepare the sponge last thing before you sleep and then wake up the next day to continue the second part , at least 1.5 hours before breakfast.
Combine the final dough ingredients and sponge. Mix to roughly combine. Knead until dough surface becomes smooth, about 8 minutes. I used a bread machine for this procedure.
Flour the counter and roll the dough out to a thickness of about half inch. Cut the dough using a biscuit cutter and place them on corn meal-dusted non stick pan.
Cover and let proof for 45 – 60 minutes. I was impatient and the dough did not rise as much which caused the muffins to be rather dense.
Lightly oil a non stick pan and heat it over medium-low heat. Cook the muffins until both sides are browned and the sides are firm, 8 minutes.
Cool on a wire rack. Tastes best when toasted.
Adapted from wildyeastblog.com
|Muffin is not as holey as the crumpet|