Best Bread And Roll Recipes: Easy How To Make Crumpets Recipe

How To Make Crumpets

Are crumpets hard to make?  By jove, I think not.  The crumpet is the quite proper, very British version of the English muffin. It is blander in flavor than an English muffin but equally delicious. It has its origins in the United Kingdom and is commonly enjoyed with various toppings after toasting to include butter, marmalade, jam or jelly, lemon curd, honey, cheese, poached egg, maple or other syrups and peanut butter, although the possibilities are endless.

They are sold in Australia in a square form rather than the traditional round variety as they are felt to fit better in the toaster!

There is also the Scottish crumpet which has a different recipe and is much like the Scottish pancake.

Surprisingly, they are quite easy to make and I love the difference in the texture from a traditional English muffin. I also like that they are a blander muffin which provides a great background to sweeter concoctions spread on them. They are also spongier so make a wonderful base for a poached egg. Try english muffin recipe for variety.

Standard Crumpet Recipe

This recipe is quite easy to make and yields 12 crumpets. I rediscovered this in my 30-year-old Betty Crocker International Cookbook and have added a few of my own suggestions.

The most important factor to remember as in any yeast endeavor - the temperature of the water must be correct to achieve the desired result. I always use a candy thermometer as I find the exact science of that exercise beneficial in producing a pleasing product!

Crumpet rings can be purchased; instead you can use and re-use four to six 3-inch flan rings or lastly, small tuna, clam or shrimp cans with tops and bottoms removed and thoroughly washed can be used as well.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2-1/2 teaspoons or 1 package of active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (105-115 degrees)
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm milk (scalded then cooled) - I use nonfat milk (see tip below)
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute or 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • Cooking spray or butter/margarine if desired for greasing

PREPARATION

  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water in small bowl.
  2. Stir in all remaining ingredients. Beat until smooth.
  3. Cover with cloth.
  4. Let rise in warm place (usually 75-80 degrees) until double 40-60 minutes. (Note: I warm oven at 250 degrees and wait until oven thermometer on rack says the temperature has dropped to 75-80 degrees and then proof my dough in the oven to control temperature)
  5. Spray with vegetable spray or grease griddle or heavy skillet plus insides of four to six 3-inch flan rings. (Or use cans as above)
  6. Place rings or cans on the griddle over medium heat until hot.
  7. Pour about 2 tablespoons of batter into each ring.
  8. Cook until tops form bubbles and bottoms are golden brown; about 1-2 minutes. Remove rings.
  9. Carefully turn crumpets to brown other side; about 1-2 minutes.
  10. Repeat with remaining batter, greasing insides of rings each time.
  11. Cool and then toast if desired. Serve with jam, jelly, marmalade, or lemon curd or as above, excellent nesting spot for a poached egg.

TIP:  Scalding the milk (heat the milk in a saucepan until it bubbles and then remove from the heat)

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Comments 16 comments

po 4 years ago

how many does this make?


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Gordon - I love that you are hearing what I'm saying - I love keeping the 'old recipes' alive and making anything and everything from scratch. That's what cooking is all about as far as I'm concerned...not running to the market and just buying what is there - but remembering how our forefathers and foremothers made everything from scratch. You don't have to do it all the time but every now again...those loaves of bread that I make, those English muffins, those crumpets....those pies from scratch...wow - I just remember where I came from and how commercialized we can become if we let it happen.

I totally agree with you - the more we buy into commercialized 'baking' the more shame on us! I actually love creating homemade in my home just because most folks who walk in and sit down to have anything enjoy the 'old fashioned' smells and makes them relax. I feel that that is the greatest compliment I could ever receive!


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

Love the Hub and the recipe. You are absolutely correct when you point out that crumpets here in Scotland are a bit different from the rest of the UK. Essentially, in Scotland, crumpets are thought of as "big pancakes!" :)

Funnily enough, although pancakes are still widely made here, it has been a long time since I heard anyone mention that they actually make Scottish crumpets. They are usually just bought premade now, so far as I am aware, from bakers' shops. That's a great shame. I do remember that one of my grandmothers used to make them regularly and add currants or raisins to them, much as you mention with blueberries.

I must give them a try. Thanks for the reminder!


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon Author

CG - Glad you found it easy to follow and congrats on making them from scratch!


cool girl11 5 years ago

we are making crumpets and tea today and im saving some for my mom on mothers day. i always thought a crumpet was a cookie. thanks for showing us how to make them!


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks for stopping by, Anna - us too - and they are fabulous with blueberries in them!


anna 5 years ago

i luv crumpets! me and my friend are OBSESSED with them!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks GL Strout - appreciate you stopping by.


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G L Strout 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

Very nice hub, thank you and I look forward to more.


louis vuitton 6 years ago

Yes I do have a lot of cooking pages - I get carried away but I guess I cook, therefore I am. The crumpet ring also works for eggs which is cool - I believe though that they have a gadget for everything these days - and I might own too many of them!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Yes I do have a lot of cooking pages - I get carried away but I guess I cook, therefore I am. The crumpet ring also works for eggs which is cool - I believe though that they have a gadget for everything these days - and I might own too many of them!


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

Tea and Crumpets Hey:) Never knew there was such thing as a crumpet ring? You do have allot about cooking! Great Hub-Page!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Let me know if you like them!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Definitely going to try this one, Audrey!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thank you for stopping by~! Love your picture! Audrey


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thanks for a great recipe. Thank you for sharing. creativeone59

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