On the very slim probability you didn’t already know, it’s Buckwheat Pageant weekend in Preston County.
Festivities began Thursday, however they proceed properly into right now and tomorrow. There’s stay music, carnival rides, parades, livestock exhibits, arts and crafts on the market, bingo and meals down on the fairgrounds in Kingwood. And nearly anyplace you go in Preston County this weekend you’re liable to seek out somebody/some place serving up the primary attraction: buckwheat muffins.
The competition’s namesake dish is surprisingly polarizing — individuals both love them or hate them. Only a few fall someplace in between. However everybody ought to attempt them not less than as soon as.
In the event you’re a beginner to the buckwheat cake expertise, allow us to offer you an thought of what to anticipate.
Buckwheat muffins are extra akin to crepes than to pancakes. Pancakes are thick, gentle, fluffy and not less than a little bit candy all on their very own. Crepes are skinny, dense and, relying on how they’re ready, will be candy or savory. Buckwheat muffins are a little bit thicker than crepes, and they’re dense however speckled with air pockets; this retains them from coming throughout as doughy.
The feel can differ based mostly on how finely milled the buckwheat flour is, however you’re not going to seek out entire kernels in your cake. Those a pair members of the editorial board had yesterday had been splendidly clean.
As for the style … Some individuals describe it as bitter or bitter. We will finest describe it as one step beneath a sourdough bread. It’s positively not candy like a pancake or a dessert crepe, however we will simply think about serving it like a savory crepe, wrapped round sausage or bacon and sauteed veggies.
In the event you go on the lookout for buckwheat muffins this weekend, you’ll possible discover them being served as “dinners” (whatever the time of day), typically with sausage. You’ll discover butter, syrup and, in some locations, even applesauce with which to high your muffins. We suggest you attempt not less than one chunk of the cake with none extras, simply to provide you an thought of the true taste. After that, put no matter you’d like on them. Syrup will add the candy you is likely to be lacking, whereas applesauce provides you with a fruity tang, however you’ll nonetheless get the sourdough-like taste of the muffins.
In the event you’re iffy on the style of the buckwheat muffins by themselves however don’t wish to waste a complete plate, attempt stacking a chunk of sausage and a pair items of buckwheat cake, dipping (or dousing) it within the syrup or applesauce (or candy condiment of your selection). The completely different taste profiles steadiness out properly, so that you get a little bit bitter, a little bit savory and a little bit candy.
Since it’s Buckwheat Pageant weekend, you’ll discover ample locations promoting muffins and full dinners — throw a rock in any route (metaphorically talking) and also you’ll hit a sales space, church or group middle with scorching buckwheat muffins contemporary off the griddle, particularly the nearer you get to the fairgrounds. So get out, take a lovely, scenic drive towards Kingwood and luxuriate in every little thing the Buckwheat Pageant has to supply.