Sourdough Crumpets, English Muffins, Welsh Cakes & More!

Saturday, August 22, 2015


I wasn't really sure what to call this challenge, so I went with Griddle Breads, since all the variations can be cooked on a griddle. I know we have made Sourdough English Muffins before, but I feel like there are so many great variations of the same theme that we should explore! 

While English Muffins and Crumpets are generally thought of as one and the same, there are slight variations to each one. An English Crumpet is usually cooked in a shallow ring, which helps it to have a perfect circular shape and a flat top. They have a chewy and spongy texture with lots of little holes! The main differences between English Crumpets and English Muffins are:

  • Crumpet recipes always include milk, and English Muffins do not!
  • Crumpets are made from a batter, while English Muffin are made from more of a dough.
  • Crumpets are cooked on the one side only, English Muffins are cooked on both sides!
  • Crumpets are generally served whole, with butter and jam served on top, and English Muffins are generally split in half before serving.
But that's not all, there are other variations from the region, too! 


A Pikelet is a regional variation of a crumpet, and these are traditionally cooked without a ring, which means they are a little flatter/thinner than a crumpet. 

A Scottish Crumpet is essentially a pancake cooked in a slightly different way. These are usually cooked to brown on one side only, resulting in one smooth darker side, and one side filled with holes from bubbles that is cooked only lightly . They are made plain, or with dried fruit baked in, are eaten at room temperature with butter and jam. 

A Welsh Cake is is a soft and tender cross between a pancake, a biscuit, and a cookie. They are often studded with dried fruit, and can be eaten plain, sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar, or eaten with jam.

So, which are you going to go with this month? (And did I forget any variations?) As always, you may use whatever recipe you like, and any flavor you like. Please check out our Sourdough English Muffin, Crumpets, etc. Board on Pinterest for recipe inspiration!

Please check out our "How to Join" page for information on how to add your page to our link-up! Make sure you come back to THIS post on Sept. 20, 2015 to add your links! 


Please Note: These are not flat-breads. If you are interested in making tortillas, naan, pitas, etc, please check out this post
** If you don't have a blog but would like to join us anyway, that's awesome! We would love that! Simply bake along with us, and send us an email containing a picture of your creation, your name, and a brief description of what you made and we will include it on the reveal day post!

Can't wait to see what you have made!


Gluten Free Sourdough Baking

Monday, August 3, 2015

We have a super special treat for you today! Several of you have asked for knowledge about Gluten Free Sourdough Baking. I don't a thing about gluten free, so I asked the amazing Natasa if she would mind preparing some info for you. The following is a guest post written by her, and it is so detailed and interesting! I know you will enjoy it!

Natasa Djuric is the real sourdough baking specialist and the author of My Daily Sourdough Bread blog (www.mydailysourdoughbread.com) where she shares her knowledge on how to bake delicious and great-looking sourdough breads and other sourdough goods at home. She is also the author of the online step-by-step sourdough baking master class Instantly Experience the Power of Real Sourdough Baking (www.learnsourdoughbread.com) which includes more than 25 diverse both gluten and gluten-free sourdough recipes and enhances your baking skills and health to another level.



Taste for sourdough is growing worldwide and that is easy to understand. Crusty loaf, made in honoured way using and harnessing the raising power of wild yeasts and bacteria. Real sourdough baking is an object of craft, beauty and nourishing. Its characteristics and flavour is vastly superior. It's no surprise that more and more people are learning this ancient skill.

Just like sourdough baking, gluten-free baking in general has gained a lot of attention in the last years. Many people suffer from hidden gluten sensitivities and to uncover this for yourself you need to go gluten-free for at least few weeks and monitor your body and well-being.

Bread is a major part of the modern diet. It’s a staple in our everyday lives and many people are eating some type of bread with most of their meals. Going gluten-free and eating no bread can be nightmare for some people, because there are no decent alternatives to gluten breads and gluten-free baking is quite a challenge. Let's explore this further.




Sourdough Coffee Cake

Friday, July 24, 2015

Thanks for all the brave participants who made sourdough wontons! You guys rocked not having a recipe provided, and it was so fun to see all the varied and delicious recipes you came up with! Pat yourselves on the back, because you did great!

For the month of August we will be making Sourdough Coffee Cake! If you are unsure of what coffee cake might be, it is a moist and tender cake topped with some kind of streusel. Its called coffee cake, not because it has coffee in it, but because you typically serve this cake for breakfast or brunch alongside coffee or tea. Some have a swirl of streusel inside, others are filled with fruit preserves or buts, or even chocolate. Coffee cakes are typically not frosted - they come out of the oven ready to eat, although you can also drizzle a little icing on top if you like! This is a very American kind of cake, it is easy to prepare and tastes great!

As always, you may use whatever recipe you like, and any flavor you like. Please check out our Sourdough Coffee Cake Recipe Board on Pinterest for recipe inspiration!

Please check out our "How to Join" page for information on how to add your page to our link-up!

** If you don't have a blog but would like to join us anyway, that's awesome! We would love that! Simply bake along with us, and send us an email containing a picture of your creation, your name, and a brief description of what you made and we will include it on the reveal day post! 

Can't wait to see what you have made!








Sourdough Wontons

Thursday, July 16, 2015

So, for this month, I have a challenge for you! I posted on Facebook and asked if you wanted to make something sweet, something savory, or something challenging and without a recipe. Since only two of you answered (Thanks Kelly & Russell), and both of you picked the challenging one, that's what we are going to do! And I am so excited about it! I have been wanting to do this for a while now, but I haven't been able to find a recipe for it, and I haven't had the time to create one for you, either. SO, part of this challenge is creating your own recipe! Are you ready to find out what we are making?

Wontons!!! Wontons are small dumplings, usually with a savory filling. They can be dropped into a soup and boiled or they can be fried (you can pick which you would like to do). Dont confuse wontons with other filled dumplings - the key here is to get a nice thin dough to wrap your filling. Wontoms are typically served in a triangular or spherical shape (so not a ball of dough!)

Like i said before, I wasn't able to find an actual recipe for sourdough womtons, so i want you to put on your thinking caps and eee what you can come up with! Check out the Steamy Kitchen site for a great tutorial on how tommake wontons (fried and boiled and even dessert!). And if you need some inspiration, check out the Monthly Inspiration Board on Pinterest! Not only can you use whichever recipe you like, but please feel free to use whatever flavorings and additional ingredients you want! There are no rules, except stick to the  topic and include your sourdough! Have fun, and we can't wait to see what you make!

To Join us for July, please read our "How to Join" Page.



** If you don't have a blog but would like to join us anyway, that's awesome! We would love that! Simply bake along with us, and send us an email containing a picture of your creation, your name, and a brief description of what you made and we will include it on the reveal day post! 

It's time to show off your creation, so link up below! Share the love on Facebook, twitter and instagram by tagging your photos #sourdoughsurprises so everyone can see!





Sourdough Galettes

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Sourdough Galettes (Sourdough Surprises)


Three cheers for Sourdough Galettes! Did you love them as much as we did? They are so quick and easy to throw together, yet so delicious! Rustic desserts are awesome in my mind, the perfection of imperfection!

Sourdough Galettes (Sourdough Surprises)


We can't wait to see all the awesome galettes and crostatas that you made this month, so link up now!


And don't forget, if you baked along with us but don't have a blog, you are always welcome to send us an email with a photo and brief description of your creation!


And please check back in a few days to see what we will be making for July!


Sourdough Surprises - June

Friday, May 22, 2015


Here in the US, its the beginning of summer, and berries and fruits are coming into season. What better way to celebrate by making a gallete or crostata, which are rustic and free-form tarts often filled with fruits (but also sometimes with veggies!) Now, we have made sourdough pies before, but I thought it has been long enough and we have enough new members that we should give it a shot. But instead of doing a traditional pie in a plate, I want us to focus on the more rustic and simple crostatas and galettes.

The pie crust we used before is a pate brisee, and turned out wonderful, with a flaky and tender dough with just a hint of sourdough flavor. If you would like to go that route, please check out this link. You can also check out this recipe but you will need to go get the book!  Like always, you are free to use any recipe you like, and any ingredients with which to flavor your crostatas. If you would like more inspiration, please check out our Monthly Inspiration Board on Pinterest!

To Join us for June:
1. Make some amazing rustic galettes and crostatas utilizing your sourdough starter!
2. Take some photos and blog about it on June 20, 2015
3. Make sure that you include a link back to our blog somewhere in your post. Make sure it says "www.sourdoughsurprises.blogspot.com" 
4. Make sure you come back here to enter your post into the linky tool on reveal day so everyone can see what you have made!

5. Post your pictures and/or blog posts to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram with the #sourdoughsurprises tag so everyone can see! 




** If you don't have a blog but would like to join us anyway, that's awesome! We would love that! Simply bake along with us, and send us an email containing a picture of your creation, your name, and a brief description of what you made and we will include it on the reveal day post! 

Can't wait to see what you have made!


Sourdough Biscuits

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sourdough Biscuits (Sourdough Surprises)
Korena from Korena in the Kitchen made these awesome Strawberry-Nectarine Shortcake with Balsamic Syrup

Sourdough biscuits are a great use of sourdough discard. They are quick and easy, and probably one of the first recipes (beyond pancakes) that people make with their sourdough starter. But just because they are simple and quick does not mean that they should be discounted. Biscuits are a great addition to meals, great as a snack, sandwiches, or for shortcakes! You can make them sweet or savory, and add all kinds of great ingredients to them!

Sourdough Biscuits (Sourdough Surprises)

Check out the awesome biscuits that we made this month and don't forget to link yours up! Check back in a few days to see what we are making next!