Crumpets are as quintessential to British life as Double Decker Buses, London Black Cabs and Strawberries and Cream. This little gem of a snack has travelled successfully across the world and has equal popularity here in Australia and New Zealand. So what makes this spongy doughy bread that is similar to pancakes, make you quiver at the knees?
Crumpets the perfect sweet or savory snack eaten anytime of the day or night
Is it the porous little air holes that so brilliantly trap and soak the lashings of melted butter?
Is it the folds of sponge that explode in your mouth?
Is it because itís the perfect comfort food?
What ever your reason, crumpets can be enjoyed any time of the day as either a savory or sweet snack. If youíre a savory person like I am, butter and vegemite or melted cheese topped with tomato, salt and pepper will send you on the road to eternal bliss. Alternatively for when the sweet tooth kicks in, nothing beats lashings of butter and honey.
You really donít need a reason to indulge in crumpets but for something completely novel, try making your own from scratch instead of reaching for store bought ones. Kids will love them and adults will be suitably impressed and steal them from the kidís plates!
: 2.5 hours
: 10 minutes
: 12 crumpets
200ml Skimmed Milk (warm)
200g Plain Flour
3g Dried Yeast
1 Teaspoon Sugar
150ml Water (warm)
1 Teaspoon Salt
Ĺ Teaspoon Baking Powder
Flour, sugar and yeast combined and mixed thoroughly
Add milk to the flour to create a thick batter
Thin the batter by slowly adding water
After resting for 2-hours, the batter will will bubbling and foaming
Cook crumpets on a medium heat
Freshly cooked crumpets
If the batter runs out of the egg rings, the batter is too thin, to rectify simply add more flour to thicken the batter mix.
If the batter is too thick, air bubbles wonít form (which is the quintessential look of the crumpet), to rectify simply add more water.
Crumpets can be stored in an air tight container in the fridge for a week. Alternatively these crumpets freeze really well.
I recently packaged a batch of 8 in cellophane tied with gold string and gave these to my husbandís boss Ė so if you can avoid the family sneaking off with these freshly made crumpets they also make a fantastic gift.
Crumpets are the perfect little gift for family and friends
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