English Crumpets

Janette Fuschi | Culinary Ginger
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English crumpets are light and fluffy, and so great for breakfast! Top them with butter for a scrumptious meal.

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English crumpets are fluffy and light sourdough round breads with characteristic holes all over the top. They are usually served for breakfast or enjoyed as a snack.

Warm and fresh out of the toaster with a slight crispness to the exterior and a warm soft center and bathed in melted butter because it oozed through all the holes. Doesn’t this sound yummy? Everything’s better with butter and these crumpets are no exception.

One can enjoy them topped with jam, but not for me. Served warm and dripping with butter is the only way I like eat them and they are one of my favorite items to eat for breakfast, with a large mug of tea of course.

English Crumpets Picture

Crumpets are not to be confused with an English muffin, but they are similar. With the combination of only 6 ingredients, milk, sugar, yeast, flour, baking soda and salt, the batter is poured into ring molds and cooked stovetop in a skillet over low heat. As they cook the batter bubbles and when the bubbles burst this is how the holes are created.

I have to admit, I was standing over them a little too eagerly as they cooked and urging on as many bubbles to appear as possible so that would equate to lots of holes. The more holes means more butter melts into the center of the crumpet.

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I’m so excited that after many attempts I have perfected my own recipe and I’ll never buy store bought again. Why eat rubbery, manufactured crumpets when homemade is so much better?  These are lighter, better tasting and I can control what ingredients put into them, which are all real and nothing I can’t pronounce.

English Crumpets Recipe

      6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Milk, Plus 1 tablespoon, warm*
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Instant Yeast
  • 1 cup Flour, Sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt

Directions

  1. Add the cup and tablespoon of milk to a bowl. Whisk in the yeast and sugar.
  2. Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt into the milk and whisk until combined and smooth.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave in a warm place for 1 hour; the dough should double in size.
  4. Preheat a cast iron non-stick skillet over medium low heat with butter.
  5. Spray 4-3 inch ring molds or cookie cutters with non-stick spray and set them to the skillet.
  6. Do not stir the batter, spoon 1 tablespoon of dough into the rings until half full.
  7. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until the bubbles all burst and create holes and the top is no longer shiny.
  8. Using tongs to remove the rings. If they stick, run a knife around the edge.
  9. Use a spatula to flip the crumpets over and brown for 1 minute on the other side.
  10. Serve warm with butter.

Notes

  • Water should be a comfortable temperature for your finger, not too hot.

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Janette Fuschi

About Janette

Janette is a British ex-pat living in Southern California. On her blog, Culinary Ginger, you'll learn all about it. On Food Fanatic, you'll see her favorite British classics, and ours too!