12 August 2011

Crumpets anyone?

I'm bored! And no, that's not the children saying it, it's me. One good thing about boredom though is I tend to experiment in the kitchen. So the other day I was walking around Lakeland (you brits will know it - for others, it's a kitchen shop with loads of gadgets and cooking stuff), and I saw crumpet rings. I'd never even considered that crumpets were something you could make, rather than spend a small fortune on imported ones. How much fun to try though....so I bought the rings.

I googled the recipe and cobbled together a bowl of batter based on a couple of good recipes. There is something very satisfying about seeing a lovely yeasty batter, oozing and bubbling like it's alive - which I guess in a way it is.

I heated a frying pan with the crumpet rings in it, well greased (important point), and starting cooking. The first batch didn't quite work out, the batter was too thick and they didn't have the lovely holes that crumpets should, so I added a little bit of water to the mixture. Too much it seemed as the mixture ran out under the rings. So I added some more flour back in (this could have gone on for a while), and whisked and the next batch were perfect.

They do take a little while to cook, but the result is worth it - light, crunchy golden brown goodness. The first one didn't even make it to a plate, I just globbed on the butter and devoured it while standing at the oven cooking some more. I was a little more refined with the next few, and ate them drizzled with golden syrup. The recipe made about 16, so I've popped some in the freezer to toast for brekkie tomorrow, I can't wait!

  • 450 grams white plain flour (if you have bread flour, replace half of the plain flour with that)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 300mls lukewarm milk
  • 300mls lukewarm water
  1. Sift together the flour, salt and cream of tartar.
  2. Mix the milk, water, sugar, baking soda and yeast together and set aside for 5 minutes to become frothy
  3. Pour the liquid into the flour and mix well with a whisk. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place for an hour. Give the batter a stir and you're ready to cook.
  4. Heat a frying pan over medium low heat for about 5 minutes to heat fully, pop the well greased crumpet rings into the pan for a minute, then spoon in the batter. The batter will be thick, but shouldn't be too thick. Within a minute or so, little bubbles should have appeared on the surface of the crumpets, if not, the batter is too thick and you need to add a little water.
  5. Cook the crumpets for about 12 to 15 minutes, you can remove rings once they're set (about 5 minutes) and pop them into another pan to speed up the cooking process. Once the crumpets are cooked, flip them over and cook the top side for 2 minutes or until it is a nice toasty golden brown. Enjoy!!


  1. I didn't know you could make crumpets either! Will defo be trying these out.

  2. Did you get your crumpet rings here in Doha? I've been looking for some so I can make crumpets but alas have not seen them anywhere :(

  3. Cooking With Gill5 September 2011 at 08:04

    Dawn - give them a go, they're so easy, and fun.

  4. Cooking With Gill5 September 2011 at 08:05

    DHM - love the name of your blog. I got the crumpet rings from Lakeland in City Centre.