It is possible to make Homemade Whole Wheat Crumpets, they're not even difficult! All you need are some simple ingredients and a little bit of time.
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 thinking.
Then I came home and started 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 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!
What are crumpets?
A crumpet is a soft, spongy, unsweetened cake made on a griddle or skillet. Crumpets are similar to pancakes but are raised partly with yeast.
Many crumpets have large holes on the top and are only cooked on one side but can also be 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!
I've been eating crumpets as long as I can remember because my Dad loves them, but if you're not British, you may not be familiar with them.
How to make Homemade Whole Wheat Crumpets:
The ingredients to make crumpets are very similar to the ingredients to make pancakes 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 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 a while 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 1 hour and 15 minutes to cook, plus the rising time. However, these will last in the freezer, so you probably won't make them often.
Homemade Whole Wheat Crumpets Ingredients and Substitutions:
- Lukewarm water - warm water from the tap is fine, or if you use filtered water that is cold, warm it up in the microwave until it feels about body temperature.
- Lukewarm milk - Any fat percentage of dairy milk will work, as will your favorite dairy-free milk alternative.
- Canola oil - or replace with another neutral-flavored cooking oil
- All-purpose flour
- Whole wheat flour - if you want to make white crumpets instead of whole wheat, simply replace the whole wheat flour with an equal amount of all-purpose flour
- Instant yeast
- Baking powder
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Homemade Whole Wheat Crumpets Nutrition Notes:
The nutrition information in the recipe below uses 1% milk for the calculations because that is what I use most often at home. If you use a different fat percentage of milk, or a dairy-free milk substitute, the nutrition information of your crumpets may vary slightly.
Note that the nutrition information is for a plain crumpet only, and doesn't include any toppings that you might add to it.
Homemade Whole Wheat Crumpets
- 1 ½ cups lukewarm water
- 1 cup lukewarm milk or use your favorite Dairy-Free milk alternative to make these crumpets dairy-free and vegan
- 2 tablespoon canola oil
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 ½ cup whole wheat flour If you want to make these crumpets white instead of whole wheat, replace whole wheat flour with an equal amount of all-purpose flour
- 2 ½ teaspoon instant yeast
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon 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 ¼ 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.