Crumpets have been toasted in front of an open fire in Britain since Victorian times. Now they are readily available from the baker or supermarket, we no longer bake them ourselves. However, they can be easily made with a simple yeast batter mix and cooked in metal rings in the frying pan.
Ingredients for Crumpets
- 225g (8oz) plain white flour
- 2.5ml (1/2 tsp) salt
- 2.5ml (1/2 tsp) baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
- 5ml (1 tsp) fast acting yeast
- 150ml (1/4 pint) fresh milk
- cooking oil
How to Make Crumpets
To make crumpets you will need a set of 3 1/2-inch (8cm) round metal muffin/crumpet rings and a griddle or a large heavy frying pan. The secret to making good crumpets is to have them crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside, so take care not to overcook them.
- Mix the salt and baking soda in a bowl and stir in the yeast.
- Warm the milk (100–110ºF/38–43ºC).
- Make a well in the centre of the flour mix and pour in the warm milk.
- Mix well with a whisk, beating thoroughly to make a thick smooth batter.
- Cover the mixture and leave in a warm place for about an hour, until it forms a spongy texture.
- Heat a griddle or heavy frying pan. Lightly oil the pan surface and the inside of your metal rings.
- Place the rings on the griddle or pan to warm for a few minutes.
- Spoon the batter into the rings to a depth of about 1/2 inch (1cm).
- Cook over a medium heat for around 6 minutes, until the surface has set and some of the bubbles burst through.
- Once set, remove the metal rings and turn the crumpets over to brown the other side.
- Place the cooked crumpets on a wire rack to cool.
- Repeat with the remaining batter until it is all cooked.
Serve straight away with butter. Any crumpets that are not eaten can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week. Simply warm them in a toaster prior to serving.
Warm crumpets are usually eaten for breakfast or with afternoon tea. Serve freshly toasted with a generous spread of butter. Add a dab of jam or a drizzle of honey for a sweeter treat.
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