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Easy Crumpet Recipe - Tips & Photos

Updated on March 28, 2013

The Joy of Crumpets

As a child, I found the concept of tea and crumpets to be utterly charming, though I hadn't the slightest idea what a crumpet was. When Trader Joe's started selling them, my distant infatuation became an obsession- nay, an addiction, to these amazing hybrids between English muffins and pancakes.


Crumpets are nothing more than adorable little pancakes, with added fluff (courtesy of yeast) and pleasing little holes in the top, perfect for housing delectable pools of melted butter. Wanting to make my own instead of rely on the Honorable Mr. Joe, I searched online for recipes, and modified them to cater to my laziness and lack of fancy ingredients. Below you'll find my resulting go-to lazy crumpet recipe.

Why this recipe is easy:

  • Requires fewer special ingredients
  • Does not require special crumpet molds
  • Is not snobbish
  • Simone Smith could do it. Simone Smith is thick as a plank

Don't have crumpet molds? No worries! You can just make a couple of giant crumpets and cut them into wedges ;)
Don't have crumpet molds? No worries! You can just make a couple of giant crumpets and cut them into wedges ;)
The ingredients are simple!
The ingredients are simple!

Ingredients

  • 460g all-purpose flour (the recipe from which I adapted this calls for bread flour and all-purpose.  I'm just going with what I have on hand)
  • .75 tsp cream of tartar
  • 15g (2.25 tsp) active dry yeast
  • .5 tsp. sugar
  • 18 ounces of water (2.25 cups)
  • 3.5 tsp salt (the original recipe calls for coarse sea salt.  I'm lazy and I only have regular table salt.  Good enough.)
  • .5 tsp baking soda
  • 5.4 ounces of milk (I use nonfat, which works fine)
  • 15 grams olive oil (or whatever you'll want to grease your pan and crumpet molds with, should you have them

Note: As you can see, I list ingredients by weight.  I find this leads to greater consistency from time to time, and it also spares me the pain of having to clean more measuring cups than I absolutely have to.  Invest in a food scale.  You won't regret it.

The supplies: crumpet molds, a cooling rack, a pan (or griddle), and a nice, big bowl!
The supplies: crumpet molds, a cooling rack, a pan (or griddle), and a nice, big bowl!

Tools / Supplies

  • Frying pan
  • Crumpet molds (optional. I actually use pancake molds and they work great. In a pinch, I once used friend egg molds- they're a bit too shallow, but they worked alright- a bit messy, but it's all good in your stomach, no?)
  • Spatula
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Measuring spoons
  • Flour sifter (optional, I guess- it's a nice way to incorporate dry ingredients)
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Smaller, microwavable, liquid measuring cups or bowls
  • Food scale (optional, but convenient!)

Sifting the flour and cream of tartar
Sifting the flour and cream of tartar
Proofing the yeast
Proofing the yeast
Letting the batter rise
Letting the batter rise
Look! It has RISEN!!
Look! It has RISEN!!
Cooking the crumpets
Cooking the crumpets

Procedure

  1. Sift together the flour and cream of tartar into a large bowl
  2. Heat your water so that it's lukewarm
  3. Mix the yeast and sugar with about half of the lukewarm water and let it sit for 10 minutes or so to proof it - if it doesn't get foamy, you'll need to go out and get some fresh yeast!
  4. Pour the water and yeast mixture into your flour bowl and mix until you have a smooth batter.
  5. Cover your bowl with something- be it a damp towel, a large plate, another bowl, or plastic wrap- and let it sit for one hour (until the batter rises and subsequently falls)
  6. Add the salt
  7. Beat the dough for about a minute
  8. Cover the bowl again, and let it sit for 20 minutes (apparently the dough is resting here. Poor tired dough. You really beat the crap out of it!)
  9. Heat your milk so it is lukewarm
  10. Stir the baking soda into the milk
  11. Mix the milk+baking soda into the dough/batter
  12. Splash a bit of olive oil into your pan and heat it (medium low). If you're using crumpet molds, grease those up too
  13. Pour the batter into your crumpet molds (in the pan), or just pour batter straight into your pan, making one giant crumpet. Aim for batter about 1/3 of an inch deep.
  14. Check to see if bubbles start to form in the batter. If they don't, your batter is too stiff. If so, add water, spoon by spoon, to your batter, until you see bubbles forming nicely.
  15. When the top surface is set and covered with holes (this can take anywhere from 6-8 minutes, I've found), flip your crumpet(s) (see the slide show below to see when it's time to flip). If you're using the mold, pick up the mold with tongs, and flip the crumpet with a spatula (to be honest, my crumpets often stick to the molds, so I pick them up with my fingers, swear like a drunken sailor, and push the crumpets out with a butter knife - nudging around the edges. Then I flip them with my hands. This adds dramatic flare to your cooking process). If you're making one giant crumpet in your frying pan, slide the uber-crumpet to the edge, and flip it the rest of the way with your spatula
  16. Cook the second side until it looks toasty (or "pale golden")- this only takes about three minutes.
  17. EAT!! OM NOM NOM NOM!!!!

How to tell when it's time to flip your crumpet

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bubbles are starting to form - if they don't start to form immediately, add a tablespoon of water to your batter, and keep doing so until they DO form right awaythe bubbles are starting to pop- this is a good sign!More bubbles popping- good!You can see some of the batter is starting to firm up- you're nearly ready to flip.The batter around the bubbles is more solid-looking.  Flip away!
bubbles are starting to form - if they don't start to form immediately, add a tablespoon of water to your batter, and keep doing so until they DO form right away
bubbles are starting to form - if they don't start to form immediately, add a tablespoon of water to your batter, and keep doing so until they DO form right away
the bubbles are starting to pop- this is a good sign!
the bubbles are starting to pop- this is a good sign!
More bubbles popping- good!
More bubbles popping- good!
You can see some of the batter is starting to firm up- you're nearly ready to flip.
You can see some of the batter is starting to firm up- you're nearly ready to flip.
The batter around the bubbles is more solid-looking.  Flip away!
The batter around the bubbles is more solid-looking. Flip away!

Proper Crumpet Serving Instructions - For Your Viewing Pleasure

Notes

The nice thing about this recipe is that it's low in cholesterol and fat- in fact, there's hardly any fat in it at all, at least before you add butter to the toasty top! This makes these crumpets a lovely, lowfat snack - totally guilt free!

That said, crumpets are best when slathered with butter. See accompanying video for further detail.

Another thing about making crumpets- they make for a great transition from the simple, yeast-less world of breads to the more complex world of yeast breads. Yes, yeast is involved in the crumpet-making process, but baking is not, so we're kind of in an odd, in-between territory in the world of breads. Edgy!


Recipe adapted from The Foppish Baker (a blog that has since disappeared - but keep an eye out for it!)

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    • VVanNess profile image

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Yum! I've always been curious as to what a crumpet exactly was. You did a great job explaining them! Wonderful job!

    • vespawoolf profile image

      vespawoolf 

      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I can't believe I missed this one. Your crumpet sounds delish, and your hub made me laugh! I've linked my English muffin hub to this one. Thank!

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Right you are, betty spaghetti!!

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      betty spaghetti 

      6 years ago

      crumpets are for ballerinas

    • gryphin423 profile image

      gryphin423 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Man, I love crumpets too. I buy the packaged variety. Anything that requires a mold won't be created in my kitchen :-) Thanks for sharing, you are too funny!

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow, I'm honored! Thanks so much!!

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      Mr. Foodicle 

      7 years ago

      Bravo, Simone!

      A fellow "crumpet-neur" no less.

      Cheers, Mr. Foodicle.

      (Twenty One Days on Hubpages)

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Ooooh! Thanks a million!!!

    • livelonger profile image

      Jason Menayan 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      As usual for your Hubs, Simone, this one is simultaneously funny, useful, beautiful and awesome! 4/4! :-)

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      This is my first earnest experiment with yeast breads- I'm rather excited to try more things now... it's rather exciting, how the dough puffs up like it does!

    • akirchner profile image

      Audrey Kirchner 

      7 years ago from Washington

      Ah - I buy mine at Trader Joe's too but I will have to check this recipe out! I love working with yeast breads in my 'spare' time!

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Well, now you do! But the real fun part is when you TRY your first crumpet. They're so good T________T

    • kimballtrombone profile image

      kimballtrombone 

      7 years ago

      Interesting. I never really knew what a crumpet was either.

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      I was in the same position! Then, Trader Joe's started selling them, and I got hooked! They're DELICIOUS- and they have so many lovely nooks and crannies built in - they're kind of everything an English Muffin is SUPPOSED to be! I hope you enjoy them XD

    • jill of alltrades profile image

      jill of alltrades 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      Hmmm, this looks yummy!

      I've read before about English tea and crumpets but have never tasted them. So they are just little pancakes with more yeast? That's great! I am going to try your recipe so I can say afterward that I have tried crumpets with tea.

      Thanks for sharing this Simone!

      Rated up and useful!

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