Easy Sourdough Discard Crumpets Recipe

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Sourdough discard crumpets are a delicious twist on the original breakfast crumpets, decorated with tiny holes for maximum flavorful absorption. This is an incredibly easy recipe and requires a few simple ingredients to get started. So what are you waiting for?

Easy sourdough discard crumpets recipe

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What Are Crumpets?

Crumpets are a small type of round bread. Similar to English muffins, they’re cooked on a griddle.

Crumpets have a spongy pancake texture and are filled with tiny holes.

What Are Sourdough Crumpets?

Sourdough crumpets are a delicious twist on the classic breakfast crumpets, with the inclusion of an unfed sourdough starter, instead of the regular yeast.

Sourdough crumpets though similar to regular crumpets harbor a distinct tangy taste that doesn’t go undetected. You can easily enjoy these sour crumpets for breakfast or snack time, loaded and spread with your favorite toppings.

Why Use a Sourdough Discard?

The sourdough discard is a special ingredient used in this recipe. Although you could easily opt to use a sourdough starter instead. The sourdough discard will provide a subtle yet delicious sourdough element to your recipes, which is why I always encourage sourdough bakers to use it.

If you love sourdough bread as much as I do, then you’ll most probably have a jar full of sourdough discard. The discard is a portion of unfed sourdough starter that can be disposed of or kept for future sourdough bakes, before the starter is fed. The great thing about the sourdough starter is that it is in no way limited to baking bread.

The treats you can bake with your sourdough starter and discard are pretty limitless!

Easy sourdough discard crumpets recipe

What You’ll Need for This Recipe

First and foremost, to make sourdough crumpets you’ll need an unfed sourdough starter, otherwise known as your sourdough discard. You know, the jar of sour-smelling goodness stored in your refrigerator? Yes, that one!

Your sourdough discard is the perfect ingredient for these crumpets because it’ll alter the texture and taste of the crumpets in a beautiful manner, so much so, you’ll never want to go back to ordinary crumpets again!

Since this recipe requires a sourdough discard, you won’t need any additional flour. Don’t worry about the leavening, this will come from the addition of baking soda. Both the sugar and salt are included for flavor.

The butter is used to grease the griddle, so you can easily substitute the butter for plant-based oil or butter to make this a dairy-free and vegan-friendly recipe.

Simple Sourdough Crumpets Recipe

Sourdough crumpets are a cross between pancakes and English muffins. The batter is super easy to make and only requires 5 simple ingredients. The best part is, you can use your unfed sourdough starter for this recipe. This delicious sourdough crumpets recipe makes the perfect breakfast or snack-time treat.

And here’s how to make them!


  • 1-2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sourdough starter discard
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar
  • ⅜ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt


  1. Use a paper towel or a napkin to grease the interior of 4 or 5 English muffin rings. Ensure that the butter is spread in a thin and even layer.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together sourdough starter discard, sugar, baking soda, and salt. The batter will rise and bubble slightly.
  3. Heat an electric skillet or griddle over medium-low heat. Spray the surface of the pan with some canola oil spray, then add a glob of butter to melt and sizzle.
  4. Place 2 to 4 English muffin rings on the griddle or a nonstick frying pan close to the heat, and use a large cookie scoop to portion the batter, about ¼ cup each. Try not to overfill the rings.
  5. Cook the crumpets for 5 minutes, until the tops are dry, and marked with small bubbles forming.
  6. Gently, flip the crumpets over, then carefully remove the crumpet rings. They should easily slide off, but you may have to poke the crumpets a bit to loosen them.
  7. Cook the crumpets until the bottoms are golden brown. Then remove the cooked crumpets from the heat and place them on a plate.
  8. Repeat with the remaining crumpet batter. Serve the crumpets warm and topped with golden syrup or your favorite toppings.

How to Serve Sourdough Crumpets

So now that you’ve made your crumpets you’re probably wondering how to eat them. You could eat them on its own.

However, if you’re looking to make crumpet eating more enjoyable, then perhaps you should choose some of the accompaniments outlined below:

Pizza Crumpets

These pizza crumpets are a delicious way to enjoy your sourdough discard crumpets.

Top your crumpets with marinara sauce or tomato paste, then sprinkle some mozzarella cheese and finish with some sliced jalapenos, or black olives for a briny, spicy kick.

Grill this for 5-7 minutes, so that the tomato and cheese melts into the crumpet, then serve and enjoy!

Breakfast Sandwich Crumpets

The perfect breakfast sandwich doesn’t exist. That is until you’ve tried these scrumptious sourdugh crumpet sandwiches, because they’re literally gorgeous.

To make these you’ll need any kind of breakfasty ingredient that gets your heart racing. I like to combine fried eggs, sausages topped with baked beans and throw it all together. You’ll need two pieces of sourdough discard crumpets for this breakfast treat, and then you can get loading!

Jammy Crumpets

Though jam on crumpets may sound simple, it’s actually quite delicious. And this homemade strawberry jam makes it an even better treat!

Sticky Sweet and Cinnamon Crumpets

I like to top my sourdough discard crumpets with a little sweetener like honey or maple syrup, simply because it’s so fitting. And if you’re feeling especially adventurous then add a pinch of cinnamon sugar for a sweet and spicy delight.

More Sourdough Recipes

If you love sourdough discard crumpets then it’s time you were given the opportunity to explore and create some more incredible sourdough treats. From sweet to savory, the choice is yours!

Here are some of the best sourdough recipes for you to try:

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Sourdough Discard Crumpets – FAQs

Why Are My Sourdough Crumpets Doughy?

If the griddle temperature is too high, the outside of the sourdough crumpet will brown quicker than it’s supposed to, giving the illusion that the crumpet is cooked and ready to eat. This results in a doughy interior.

What Are Sourdough Crumpets Made From?

Sourdough crumpets consist of three main ingredients, and these are a sourdough starter or discard, all-purpose flour, and baking powder.

Is Eating With Sourdough Discard Healthy?

Sourdough discard carries several health benefits, mainly aiding in digestion.

Are Crumpets Fermented?

A crumpet uses yeast and baking soda to encourage fermentation, which helps produce those unique crumpet holes we all know and love.

By Natasha Krajnc

Hi! My name is Natasha and I'm specialized in home sourdough bread baking and currently based in Slovakia - a very small country in Central Europe. My bread baking story began in 2011 when I decided to give up commercial yeast. I felt tired all the time (especially after eating bread and other foods made with yeast), I wasn’t motivated to do anything, had trouble concentrating throughout the day, my abdomen was bloated and I was like a trumpet on steroids – basically, I was quite a wreck. I was a big bread lover (and still am) and having to stop eating bread was quite hard at that time but I felt I was on a right way to give my body a chance to heal itself.

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