19 March 2015

Crumpets - Classic British Teatime Treat

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Hot buttered crumpets ... mmm ... one of my favorite comfort foods! A recent request from Lana at Life at Wildberry Cottage for crumpets (a yeasted griddle cake) had me digging into my recipes. I knew it had been "a while" since I made them, but found out it has been seven years! Now that I've devoured nearly the whole batch, I can't imagine why I waited so long! 

Crumpets are entirely different from English muffins, though they are made very similarly with pretty much the same ingredients. Crumpets have a spongier texture and are never split. 

The first side is cooked about 8 minutes (or even 10, if your heat is as low as it should be) until well browned; the second side is cooked just 2 or 3 minutes until pale golden (which explains the photo with half the crumpets showing their brown first side and half showing their pale golden second side). 

Crumpets may sound like a lot of work, but they really aren't. The yeast batter is very easy to make, and they are cooked on a griddle. They're really no more trouble than making pancakes.

I know there are people who would have you spray the griddle and rings with cooking spray or oil them with vegetable oil, but why? The whole point of crumpets is to enjoy them slathered with butter, so why not get the party started with butter on the griddle and rings?  

They're great with butter alone, but you might want to also top them with honey, golden syrup, jam or marmalade. More adventurous types might even try Marmite, cream cheese or a nut butter. Needless to say, the mandatory beverage is tea!


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This is to show you both sides of the crumpet. The dark ones are the well-cooked first sides, and the pale ones are the lightly-cooked second sides. 

And be sure to put them on the wire rack dark-side down to avoid the wire marks you'll get on the softer lightly-cooked sides.


Crumpets 


(Makes 12 3.5-inch/9-cm crumpets) 

2 dip-and-sweep cups (10 ounces / 283 g) unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons instant (rapid rise) yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (236 ml) milk
3/4 cup (177 ml) and 2 tablespoons (30ml) water
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons (1.5 ounces) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled, for greasing rings and pan 

1 In bowl of stand mixer fitted with flat paddle, combine flour, yeast, sugar and salt; mix on low speed for 30 seconds to "sift" ingredients.

2 In 2-cup glass measure, heat milk and 3/4 cup water to very warm (120 to 130 degrees). Add to flour mixture. Beat on medium speed for 5 minutes. Cover and let rise for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until doubled and very bubbly.

Note: You can do this with a hand mixer, or even by hand, but I'm having a bit of a problem with my beating arm just now.


Crumpet Batter / www.delightfulrepast.com

3 Stir together 2 tablespoons water and baking soda, and stir it gently into the batter. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes. 


Making Crumpets / www.delightfulrepast.com

4 Brush some of the melted and cooled butter on a griddle, and heat the griddle over quite low heat for 3 minutes. Brush 4 crumpet rings with the butter. Place them on the griddle and heat for 2 minutes. Pour 1/3 cup of batter* into each ring. Cook for about 8 minutes until the tops are set and full of holes. Remove the rings with tongs, turn and cook for 2 or 3 minutes until pale golden.


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* If your crumpet rings are 3.5 inches (9 cm) in diameter, as mine are, a level 1/3 cup of batter fills them halfway. If yours are a different size, you will need to figure out what measure fills them halfway. 

5 Remove to wire rack (putting the well-browned side down), and grease the griddle and crumpet rings again. Repeat as for first batch. To serve, toast crumpets (unsplit) and spread with butter.

56 comments:

Ruth W said...

Awesome! I love making them...wish I'd been able to link to your tutorial last week for my post with crumpets!
Ruth

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Ruth! I missed that - I must got there now and check it out.

Pauline Wiles said...

Once again, you've come up with a recipe that seems to represent simple British baking at its best. Jean, these look amazing. Thank you.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Pauline, thank you! I so enjoy remembering my mother and grandmother when I'm in the kitchen stirring up tasty British treats.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Oh my, Jean, your crumpets look amazing! I have never made them but have had them with tea many times. I like them with honey. Thanks for sharing your recipe and joining me for tea.

Blessings,
Sandi

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Sandi! Always happy to join you for tea.

Bernideen said...

What a great recipe and very helpful ideas. Crumpets would be something everyone should try. I copied your recipe! So glad you shared!

Thomas "Sully" Sullivan said...

I shall trumpet the crumpet – yet another exception to my prohibition on breads. By any name, my salivation imagination informs me that these are going to taste like English muffins, regardless of the disclaimer. Another sponge for butter! One of these days I am simply going to butter a sponge and give it a shot. But tea as the mandatory beverage? OK, I’ll pour a cup of tea…just so long as I don’t have to drink it.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Bernideen, thank you! I don't know why anyone would not be into tea and tea foods, but there IS quite a little tea community out there!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Sully, "another sponge for butter"? That's it, precisely! And by all means, just pour yourself a cup of tea. I'll drink yours and mine!

Anne said...

These look good! I recently tried sourdough crumpets (total failure but I think that was partly the recipe) but I shall bookmark this for next winter so we can toast them over the fire.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Anne, I'll be trying out my sourdough starter on crumpets soon. If they turn out well, I'll post them.

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said...

Oh my, I've said for years I wanted to make crumpets but it's never happened. I solemnly swear this year, 2015, will be the year and I'll use your recipe. :)

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Maureen. When you do make them, be sure to let me know how the recipe turned out for you.

CatTales said...

These look delicious, Jean. Hope you will enjoy the upcoming weekend.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Mildred. Hope you do too!

Tony Grant said...

Jean I love a nice hot buttered crumpet. However, I don't know whether you are aware, but the word crumpet, has as second meaning and a certain amount of innuendo can be associated with it.
An example; "I fancy a nice bit of crumpet.." Now if you were to say it like that in England, Jean, you would get a lot of sniggers, winks and coughing behind the hand!!! Just thought I woud let you know. Have a great day, Tony

Tony Grant said...

Oh dear me!! Just read Sully's comment. He would have to get out of a pub here in England pretty damn quickly if he talked about crumpet in that way. There are one or two other comments that could be regarded as double entendres as well, but not as bad as Sully's comment. Ha! Ha! I am laughing my head off here, Jean.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Yes, Tony, I've heard that. Thought of mentioning it, but didn't want to "start something." Might've known YOU would start it! :D

LANA said...

Those crumpets look divine! I am going to have to order the rings, as soon as I get them then I will start making them on a regular basis. I LOVE crumpets. I know what you mean about almost eating the whole batch, they are THAT good! Thanks so much for the recipe.

Sippity Sup said...

Yum. well cooked for me please. GREG

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Lana, thanks. Once your rings arrive and you try this recipe out, be sure to tell me all about it!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Greg! And lots of butter.

Angie Schneider said...

These crumpets look absolutely perfect, Jean. I would love a couple of them for the breakfast.

Tony Grant said...

Just a thought, Jean. I hope I haven't upset, Sully. If ever he is over here I'll buy him a beer in a pub, as long ad he doesn't mention,crumpet!!!!!!!

Gill - That British Woman said...

never actually made them from scratch, by them ready just to pop into the toaster. Have to have "real butter" on them.......just yummy.

Jacquelineand.... said...

Oh deliciousness! I have to get new rings SOON! It's been too long since I've made crumpets and your recipe looks yummy. =)

Parsimonious Perfection said...

Looks delish!

Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen said...

Love these crumpets Jean! I love anything I can put jelly on - and these look amazing!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Angie. I do, too. Wish I had put a batch in the freezer.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Gill, yes, must have real butter. I don't understand margarine!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Jacqueline, just hit that link in the post and order the rings from Amazon. Let me know how they turn out for you.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

PP, they are! And they're really easy.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Kristi, you will love them! I had raspberry jam on them this time.

Linda Kay said...

Jean, they look delicious, especially with the jam along the side. We love English muffins, so would probably love these as well. I'll have to give the recipe a try.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Linda, thank you. I hope you will. You'd love them, I'm sure.

Carol Preibis said...

Jean, I love crumpets! Thanks for the recipe.

Cheers,
Carol at Ahh The Simple Lofe

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Carol, I hope you'll make them soon and let me know how you liked them!




Sue/the view from great island said...

I am a huge crumpet fan, but they are so hard to find in the US. Making them yourself is the answer!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Sue, yes, hard to find, but aren't crumpets wonderful!

Michelle Nahom said...

Your recipes always look so good, and this one is no exception! Sending some foodie love your way, Jean! Hope you are having a great weekend!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Michelle, thank you so much! Foodie love right back atcha!

Swathi Iyer said...

I need to make it, it is in do list for long time. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop. pinning.

Pom Pom said...

Yummy! Now my stomach is growling.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Swathi, thank you! And Pins are always appreciated (I haven't quite figured out Pinterest yet!).

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Karen, thanks! Mine would be, too, if I hadn't made English muffins yesterday and just had one now with a cup of tea.

April J Harris said...

Crumpets are such a British classic! I've pinned your recipe/tutorial to my Afternoon tea board - I've eaten plenty of crumpets in my time but never made them from scratch. I look forward to trying your recipe, Jean! Thank you for sharing it with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, April! I do hope you get a chance to try them soon. Can't wait to hear how they turn out for you!

Jann Olson said...

I've never had a real crumpet, but would love to! Guess till then I'll have to settle for English muffins. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Jann, thank you! Come back on Thursday when I'll be posting my English muffins!

Undomestic Diva said...

Oh i haven't had crumpets in ages!! The last time i made them they went horribly wrong so i won't even go there shop bought for me! lightly toasted smothered in butter! ooh yum! :) xx

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Diva, if you ever decide to have another go, do try my recipe. I think it's detailed enough that you can't go wrong. I have to make them, I don't have access to any good shop bought ones.

Rachel said...

Oh Jean, they look so scrummy! My other half would love those smothered in butter!

Rachel
Tea With Me and Friends

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Rachel, thank you! You'll find lots of scrummy teatime treats here--it's what I do, it's who I am!

Zaa said...

Making crumpet..YES...I'm going to try ..Thanks for the recipe..Love them with my tea tomorrow.... Hugs

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Zaa! I'm so glad you're going to make them. Let me know how it goes.

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