Hot, buttered crumpets are a quintessentially British treat. Our homemade versions are delightfully airy and spongy in texture. They are well worth making at home. Will you enjoy yours with just butter, with a dollop of jam, or a smear of Marmite?
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If you're British, you probably already know all about crumpets; thick, yeasted pancakes with a light, airy texture. A cratered surface just ready to soak in hot butter. I sourced the perfect recipe and went with it!
After I made a batch of crumpets, I shared them with our British friends, who gave them the thumbs up. A real taste of home in France; they confirmed that these are truly authentic crumpets.
They are scrumptious, and I now understand the British love of crumpets. While some may prefer to eat the crumpets with so much butter that it drips down the chin while eating, others top them with Marmite, and som go full savoury and add melted cheese.
Made by Véronique
Published at 2024-01-04, this recipe is for 4 people and takes 50 minutes.
Founder of Ohmydish (established 2014). Would happily spend her entire day in the kitchen. Previously worked in the hospitality industry as an independent chef and is ready and willing to help you gain confidence in the kitchen. With her easy-to-follow recipes, helpful tips, and cooking knowledge, you will be making the very tastiest dishes yourself in no time! Véronique's recipes are intended for everyone, from beginners to advanced home cooks.
Updated at: 17-01-2024
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Make sure the water (100 ml) and 200 ml of milk are lukewarm; it's important that they're not too hot. Add 1 teaspoon of sugar and 5 grams of yeast and stir well.
Let the yeast mixture stand for around 15 minutes until it starts to foam vigorously.
Mix 250 grams of white bread flour with 1 teaspoon of salt, then slowly add the yeast mixture. Stir to make a smooth batter, cover with a clean tea towel and leave the batter to rise in a warm place for 2 hours.
Mix half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda with 50 ml of lukewarm water and stir it into the batter. Let the batter rise for another half hour in a warm place.
Use a brush to grease a cast iron frying pan and cooking rings with neutral oil, then place the rings in the pan. Heat the pan over a medium-high heat. Heating the rings with the pan will help prevent the crumpet batter from sticking.
Turn the heat to low and add a spoonful of batter to each cooking ring, making sure the rings are half-filled with the batter.
Cook the crumpets until the top has dried out; you will see that the surfaces are peppered with little holes. This may take a while, as they are best cooked slowly over a low heat.
Remove the crumpets from the cooking rings; you can use a small knife for this. Grease the cooking rings again and repeat for the remaining batter.
If you plan to serve the crumpets later, let them cool on a cooling rack. If you are going to serve the crumpets immediately, fry the tops until golden brown. You can do this in the pan, in the toaster or under the grill of your oven.
Serve generously spread with butter, marmite, jam or a combination of these. You can also top the crumpets with cheese and let it melt under the grill for a savoury crumpet. Enjoy!
Are crumpets savoury or sweet?
Crumpets are not necessarily savoury nor sweet; hope you top them determines how you enjoy them. For a sweet crumpet, choose butter or jam, honey or golden syrup. For a savoury crumpet, go for Marmite, or cheese (which is usually melted a little under the grill).
What is the difference between crumpets and English muffins?
Crumpets and muffins are both a type of baked good which is cooked in a pan instead of the oven. There is no egg in crumpet batter, whereas a bread dough is used to make muffins. Both are made with yeast.
English muffins are slightly firmer than crumpets, and they are cooked on both sides in the pan. Crumpets are only cooked on one side. Crumpets are eaten whole, while muffins are sliced in half (like in the classic Eggs Benedict).