Sourdough Crumpets

Do you have a long-neglected starter you'd like to resurrect? The absolutely easiest and fastest thing to do with a groggy starter is to make a kind of modified crumpet, a.k.a. pikelet. Crumpets are normally griddled in rings, while pikelets are griddled free-form. With fewer holes than a typical English crumpet, Australian-style pikelets are a very simple and basic kind of "toaster pancake," a great use for your sourdough starter.

10 mins
5 to 8 mins
20 mins
4-5 crumpets
Sourdough Crumpets


  1. Place the starter in a medium-sized bowl. Note: This is a good opportunity to feed the remainder of your starter, if necessary. Sprinkle the sugar, salt, and baking soda over the surface. Whisk together. The batter should rise up, becoming the consistency of whipped cream.

  2. Heat your griddle over medium-low heat. Lightly grease the surface.

  3. To make crumpets, lightly grease English muffin rings (1" high and 4" across) and place on the griddle. Scoop the batter into the rings, filling them about 1/4" deep. Cook over low heat until the tops are set and full of small holes. Remove the rings and flip the crumpets over for a minute or two.

  4. If you're making pikelets, scoop the batter onto the griddle and cook over low heat until the tops are set and full of small holes. Flip the pikelets over to finish for a minute or two.

  5. Toast the crumpets or pikelets to brown and crisp them before serving with butter and jam.

  6. Store any leftovers at room temperature for several days. Freeze for longer storage — up to 3 months.

Tips from our Bakers

  • Don’t have any starter? Here’s a recipe for homemade sourdough starter. If you're making it from scratch, you'll need to feed it for 5 to 7 days before it’s ready for baking. Want a head start? Purchase our classic fresh sourdough starter – it’ll be ready for baking about 24 hours after it arrives at your door. Looking for tips, techniques, and all kinds of great information about sourdough baking? Find what you need in our sourdough baking guide.

  • Taking the pancake idea one step further, the flavor of these crumpets or pancakes, while quite delicious with butter, syrup or jam, is equally good with savory additions. Try adding a half cup each of grated zucchini, cheese, apple, chives, or onion, or a combination of your own, and serve them with lunch or dinner.
  • If your starter has tinges of pink, please don't use it for this (or any) recipe. It's a sign of an unhealthy starter and should be discarded.