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!
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