Chances are, you probably had know idea you could make your own crumpets at home. I mean, who does that? Then, after searching for them in the store, and paying the exorbitantly high price AGAIN, I got to thinking. Then I came home and got to Googling. Then I found some recipes, and tried one. Major fail. They were still pretty much raw inside, and just really, really bad. Then I bought them a few more times, and decided to to try again. This time, instead of just using 2 different sized biscuit cutters, I went to my favorite baking supply store and picked up some crumpet rings (basically just metal rings that keep the batter in a circle), and they turned out great! I suppose using a different recipe helped as well. Now I have my very own supply of frozen crumpets for pennies, which would have cost at least $10 in the store! Even factoring in the cost of the crumpet rings, one batch was still cheaper than storebought!
Now, let’s back up a step. What is a crumpet anyway? I’ve been eating them as long as I can remember because my Dad loves them, but if you’re not British, you may not be familiar with them. A crumpet is a soft, spongy cake made on a griddle. It is similar to a pancake, but is raised partly with yeast. Many crumpets have large holes on the top and are only cooked on one side. These ones are cooked on both sides. Crumpets are traditionally served with butter and/or jam, but I love them with peanut butter. The peanut butter gets all melty and gooey and delicious!
Crumpets have similar ingredients to a pancake, but with the addition of yeast. The batter is left to rise for 1 hour before cooking.
After the batter has risen, it will have almost doubled with lots of visible bubbles that are continually building and popping. Mine looked almost alive! You will need some special equipment to make crumpets: crumpet rings. I bought mine in a pack of 4 for less than $5 at a baking supply store. The first
unsuccessful disastrous time I tried to make crumpets, I used 2 different sized biscuit cutters. Using the 4 equally sized rings made things much easier. Make sure you grease the rings well before pouring the batter into them or they will be difficult to remove.
All said and done, these crumpets do take quite awhile to make. Each batch takes about 15 minutes to cook, and assuming you have 4 rings to make 4 crumpets at a time, you will be making 5 batches from one batter recipe. That is around 2 hours and 15 minutes to cook, plus the rising time. However, these will last in the freezer, so you probably won’t make them often. Shall we have a cup of tea?
- 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
- 1 cup lukewarm milk
- 2 Tbsp canola oil
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 1/2 tsp instant yeast
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on medium high speed for 2 minutes.
Cover bowl and allow to rise for 1 hour. When 5-10 minutes remain, begin preheating a griddle or large skillet over medium low heat. When heated, lightly grease the griddle, as well as 4 crumpet rings and place them on the griddle to heat.
Pour 1/4 cup batter into each crumpet ring. After cooking for 5 minutes, remove the rings with tongs and rinse them. Re-grease and set aside. After 10 minutes, flip the crumpets and cook for 5 more minutes, until golden brown and the inside is cooked. Repeat with the rest of the batter. Serve warm with the topping of your choice. Crumpets can be completely cooled and frozen in a zipper bag.