When I started this blog I set myself a list of foodstuffs to tackle, and crumpets were on that list.
Crumpets are probably one of my favourite foods. I’m of the ‘butter only’ school of thought where more is most definitely more. The best part about eating crumpets, I think, is wiping up the pool of butter that has soaked through the crumpet with the last part of the edge. Yummy.
Now, crumpets are the kind of thing that I’d never really though to make until recently. I’d pretty much assumed that they were really difficult and involved lots of yeast related prep – not my forte at all.
The good news is that Crumpets are actually really easy to make! They just involve popping all the ingredients in a bowl, giving it a quick stir and leaving it in a warm place for an hour or so.
The slightly more fiddly bit comes when you cook them. Now a sensible person would think to buy crumpet rings before trying to make crumpets. It turns out that I am not that person. My first thought was to use a round, metal, un-crimped cookie cutter. The problem is that in my extensive collection of cookie cutters there were almost none suitable. Not deterred, I ended up using a pretty big cake ring.
This increased the cooking time from the recipe significantly. Now, I’m not necessarily advocating using a big cake ring is you have crumpet rings or something similar, but honestly, there is nothing more satisfying as eating a crumpet as big as your own face!
So go forth and make enormous crumpets – you know you want to!
450g plain flour
14g instant yeast
1 tsp castor sugar
350ml warm water
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp salt
Veg oil for cooking
1. Combine flour, sugar and yeast in bowl
2. Warm milk (until it feels warm when you pop your finger in) then add cold water to it. Beat into the dry ingredients and try to get it nice and smooth
3. Leave it somewhere warmish for up to 2 hours. It will rise and then fall back, leaving a mark on the bowl if you miss the rise.
4. Beat in the Bicarb and leave for 10 mins.
5. Meanwhile, grease your cake tin ring well with oil, and get a frying pan hot. Brush with enough oil for it not to stick.
6. Spoon in enough mix to go up a few cms.
7. Cook for about 10 mins until filled with holes. Flip over, remove ring and cook until bottom is browned.
8. You can eat them straight away with butter, or toast them later on!