Homemade crumpets

Homemade crumpets

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At Home with Ben
Makes
8 crumpets
Photographer
Mark Roper

When I was a kid and my mum bought crumpets, they never seemed to last more than five minutes in our house. I remember eating them with so much honey and butter it would pool on the plate, and once the crumpets were devoured the plate would be licked clean!

A few tips when cooking these. First, you’ll need crumpet rings or deep egg rings. The batter should be the consistency of pouring cream; if it’s too thick it won’t develop the holes that make crumpets what they are, and if it’s too thin the batter will run outside the crumpet ring. The right heat is also important – if it’s too hot, the crumpet will burn before it rises. You can cook these on the barbecue or stovetop, but always start with a test run first. Leftover crumpets (if there are any!) can be toasted the next day.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
300g plain flour
1 teaspoon caster sugar
7g sachet dried yeast
175ml milk, room temperature
175ml soda water, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon salt
vegetable oil or non-stick cooking spray
butter, honey or jam, to serve

Method

  1. Sift the flour, caster sugar and yeast into a large bowl. Stir in the milk, then add the soda water and whisk until smooth.
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to rest for about 1 1/2 hours, or until doubled in volume.
  3. Beat in the bicarb and salt. Heat a heavy-bottomed frying pan or the griddle plate on your barbecue until medium–hot. Oil or spray the inside of the crumpet rings, as well as the pan or barbecue plate. Place the rings on the cooking surface, making sure they are evenly flat.
  4. Spoon 3–3 1/2 tablespoons of batter into each ring and gently cook for 6–7 minutes, or until the batter is set and covered with little holes. Turn the crumpets over and cook for another 2 minutes. The bottom should be golden brown and the top only slightly coloured.
  5. Remove the rings and serve the crumpets straight away with lashings of butter, honey or your favourite jam.
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