In the midst of winter the English breakfast treat for any time of the day is the crumpet. But a crumpet is no longer a crumpet. If you buy them from the shops, they are now a thin piece of dough, getting more and more wafer like each year. Do you long for the thick, soft, wonderful crumpet of your youth?
You can make them at home. It is not hard. And with practice you will get a better looking crumpet. But you cannot beat them for taste.
You can also look for Crumpet Flour in your bulk health shop. It is a particularly fine textured flour.
This is the perfect recipe for a late Sunday breakfast. Perfect with peanut butter, with honey or with tomato and melted cheese.
But don’t keep them for breakfast. Eat them with soup, for midnight snacks and with wonderful cheesy baked vegetable dishes.
Home Made Crumpets
Prep time: 5 mins plus 10 minutes or so rising time
Cooking time: 15 mins
Makes: 12 or so, depending on the size of your egg rings
2 cups plain flour or crumpet flour, sieved very well
1 Tblspn baking powder
0.75 tspn salt
0.75 tspn sugar
half a sachet of dry yeast – about 5g
1.75 cup tepid water
Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar into a large mixing bowl.
Dissolve yeast in the water. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the yeast mixture. Beat until it is well combined and smooth. The batter should be pourable – towards the thick end of runny. If you need to add more water, add a small amount of tepid water.
Leave the batter in a warm place until small bubbles appear on the surface, about 5 – 10 minutes.
Lightly grease a heavy based frying pan. Lightly grease some large egg rings and place them in the pan to heat. When hot, fill the rings about 2/3rd or so full with batter. Try not to fill to the top. The dough will rise a little.
Cook over low heat for about 10 minutes until the surface is covered with holes and is beginning to dry out.
Remove the egg rings from around the crumpets and cook for a further 2 – 3 minute until the crumpets have set and the bottom is golden brown.
Allow the crumpets to cool. When they are cold, toast them and serve with butter and honey, or whatever topping you prefer.