How to Make Traditional Crumpets

Save

You'll find traditional crumpets in most British homes, usually alongside a cup of tea, but they aren't so common outside of the U.K. These treats are similar to English muffins but with more of the chewy texture of a pancake. Like most traditional foods, crumpets are made from simple ingredients and can be made at home. Serve them warm, slathered with butter, jam or honey.

How to Make Traditional Crumpets
(Pamela Follett/Demand Media)

To make crumpet batter, you'll need bread flour, which the Brits call "strong flour." This type of flour contains more gluten, which makes the resulting crumpets chewy. Mix it with all-purpose flour for softer crumpets. You'll also need yeast, milk, water, salt and sugar; warm your liquids slightly to activate the yeast. Most importantly, you need to add a leavening agent like baking powder or baking soda. Baking soda works best because it creates the most bubbles in the yeast-based batter, which you want in your final product. It's those nooks and crannies that make the crumpets so delicious.

Pamela Follett/Demand Media

Mix the yeast, flour, water, milk, salt and sugar for at least two minutes to form the batter. After combining the ingredients, wait at least 90 minutes for the batter to expand and bubble up before you add the leavening agents. Cover the batter with a damp towel during this time so it doesn't dry out. Once you stir in the leavening agents, dissolved in warm water, allow the batter to rest for another 30 minutes until it develops plenty of air bubbles. The resulting mixture should have the consistency of thick pancake batter.

Pamela Follett/Demand Media

Crumpets are similar to English muffins because they are cooked on a griddle or in a fry pan, but their texture is a denser. Because the batter for crumpets is runny, it won't keep its shape naturally on the griddle. Use English muffin rings or empty metal cans, with the top and bottom removed, so the crumpet batter forms perfectly rounded crumpets. Grease the rings with butter before use so you can easily remove the crumpets as they cook. Add a dab of butter or oil to the grill to keep the crumpets from sticking to it while they cook.

Pamela Follett/Demand Media

Don't pour the batter so thick the crumpets won't cook through. Add 1/2 inch of batter to each ring once the griddle is hot. Cook the crumpets for seven to 10 minutes over medium-low heat or around 325 degrees Fahrenheit on an electric griddle. You'll know that they are ready to flip when the tops of the crumpets are bubbly and dry. Cook the other side for three to five minutes. Gently remove the rings, handling them with tongs, before flipping the crumpets.

Pamela Follett/Demand Media

Some people only cook crumpets on one side without flipping them. You can also toast them with the uncooked side up to get the crumpet crispy before serving. Crumpets are best served hot off the griddle but you can also freeze them for up to one month. Serve them hot with butter, jam, honey or clotted cream.

Pamela Follett/Demand Media

Related Searches

References

Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

Related Searches

Check It Out

13 Delicious Thanksgiving Sides That'll Make Turkey Insignificant

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!