Crumpets are the most heavenly bread item I know and so today I’m sharing this Crumpet Recipe so you too can taste a piece of heaven!
As we know, bread contains ‘holes’ or pockets of air that form during the cooking process- some holes are bigger than others (and yes that was a reference to ‘The Smiths’). Those produced within these bubbly crumpets are much more airy, giving the crumpet a generously springy texture. The holes allow more liquid to penetrate its depths (all the way down in fact), so expect a puddle of butter and jam on your plate each time you take a bite.
I have never made a crumpet in my life. In fact, I’ve only ever consumed shop-bought ones. Their texture is just so insanely bubbly that I didn’t even comprehend the possibility of creating them in the heart of my own kitchen. What I didn’t expect was to griddle them, like pancakes, which was a tad tricky since I don’t own ‘crumpet rings’- yes, these are a thing (wtf?!).
Fortunately I have a cookie cutter, which appeared to do the job, but you can make them freestyle- they’ll just look a lot worse, but shouldn’t taste different.
Ingredients for crumpets:
- 350g plain flour
- 15g fast action yeast
- 1tsp sugar
- 500ml plant milk warmed
- ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- ½ tsp salt
- Rapeseed oil to cook
- Mix all of the dry ingredients (except the bicarbonate of soda).
- Pour in half of the milk and beat with a wooden spoon until a smooth, stretchy, lump-free batter results.
- Cover and leave to prove for 1 hour.
- Mix the bicarbonate of soda with the remaining milk and beat into the dough and continue to mix until a batter with a double cream texture is achieved. Leave to rest for 30 minutes.
- Lightly oil a frying pan and add crumpet rings (or some makeshift ones), pouring 1-2 tbsp batter in each.
- Fry for 5 minutes when bubbles should start popping up on the surface and it looks more set.
- Flip over and cook for a further 3 minutes.
- Serve or leave aside for later.
Questions about Crumpets
How to make crumpets? To make crumpets, you will need plain flour, yeast, milk, sugar, bicarbonate of soda, salt and oil to cook. Combine the flour, yeast and sugar together. Then slowly add in half of the milk (set the remaining half aside) whilst mixing with a wooden spoon to achieve a smooth, stretchy batter. Allow to prove for 1 hour. Stir the bicarbonate of soda into the milk then beat into the batter – the mixture will become more runny. Leave to rest for another 30 minutes. Heat a little oil in a frying pan and add the crumpet rings (or cookie cutters as I did!) into the pan and pour 1-2 tbsp of the batter into the ring. Leave for 5 minutes – bubbles should start to form on the surface. Flip and cook for another 3 minutes on the other side then remove from the heat. Continue this step until all of the batter is finished. Toast (or not) and serve with spreads.
What are crumpets? Crumpets are a type of griddled bread that are usually round and filled with large air bubbles, commonly consumed in the England and Ireland. The texture is rather spongy and fluffy due to the holes. They are normally toasted or warmed then topped with spreads such as butter and jam
What to put on crumpets Crumpets can be eaten with most toppings or spreads, whether sweet or savoury. Common toppings include butter, jam, cream cheese, peanut butter, chocolate spread and marmite.
What are crumpets made of? Crumpets are made of plain flour, yeast, baking soda and milk. These are combined and heated or fried on a griddle or frying pan.
These Crumpets are…
To make this gluten-free crumpets, plain flour can be substituted with buckwheat flour.
If you don’t have crumpet rings you can use cookie cutters or just freestyle, but make sure the pan is hot so the mixture doesn’t run too much. The crumpet may be thinner and therefore less fluffy, but it will still taste good!
For the plant milk, you can use any such as almond, soya, rice, oat – your choice.
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Big Thanks to…
The Daring Gourmet for their inspiration in helping me create this recipe. You can find their version here.
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