Homemade Crumpets

Homemade crumpets are a wonderful breakfast, brunch or supper treat and the finest way to increase your butter intake

How Do You Make Homemade Crumpets?

When you leave your homeland there are always some foods that you miss. You either suck it up, rely on care parcels or come up with your own version. One of the foods for me was crumpets.

I started working on my homemade crumpets almost as soon as we arrived in Hungary!

As such, I did not have access to anywhere near the sort of resources I take for granted today.  However, I stumbled on a great recipe by a baker called Dan Lepard.

You may remember the name, I used his recipe for my pickled cucumber bread which he helped me out with tremendously when I was struggling. Top chap all the way around!

I made a few changes and moved to full-fat milk rather than semi-skimmed and also added fizzy water rather than still water, but these things rock!

Cooking crumpets at home is simple. It requires a little patience in order to let the mix to rise and then batch cooking the batter. After that, they freeze wonderfully and can be cooked directly from frozen.

Homemade crumpets are a wonderful breakfast, brunch or supper treat and the finest way to increase your butter intake!

What are Crumpets?

Apparently, crumpets are an afternoon tea โ€˜thingโ€™, but for me, they are perfect for breakfast or supper snack. I suppose the could be a brunch thing too although I confess I have no idea what brunch is!

Depending on where you are from they are also called pikelets. But I know pikelets as being thinner and cooked without a form. In parts of Britain, pikelets are cooked without yeast.

This crumpet recipe will make a cool dozen homemade crumpets and I usually serve 2 per person.

Eating crumpets with jam seems very popular but for me, they are a vehicle for butter, lots and lots of butter.

If you want to eat them with jam feel free to do so, I will just judge you for your poor taste! Just kidding… Or am I?

Homemade crumpets are a wonderful breakfast, brunch or supper treat and the finest way to increase your butter intake!

The Majesty Of Butter!

The holes in the crumpets hold on to all that beautiful melted butter.

The answer to how much butter to add is as much as you can! If it ain’t dripping down your arms when you are eating them you have not got enough.

They are yet another wonderful memory of childhood, sat on my grandmas lap with butter running down to my elbows munching on crumpets.

Now my Grans crumpets were not homemade but they were and remain one of my favourite things to eat. Soft a springy inside, all of the holes full of melted butter and freshly toasted and crispy on the outside.

Think freshly buttered toast only a million times better!

Homemade crumpets are a wonderful breakfast, brunch or supper treat and the finest way to increase your butter intake!

Traditional Britsh Recipes.

This crumpets recipe joins a whole host of traditional British recipes here on Krumpli.

Britsh food is often seen as being roast beef and Yorkshire pudding.

It is however much more colourful and complex than a Sunday lunch. Often leaning back on a long history of both inward and outward migration.

It also has some of the finest names in world food.

Delights such as Toad in the Hole and Bubble and Squeak are joined by the equally wonderfully named Spotted Dick.

You should definitely make a mental note to knock up a batch of these wonderful homemade crumpets.

I guarantee your guests will be delighted with these treats even if you have not heard of them before.

A real taste of old-school Britain and a real taste of my childhood and something that I love very much!

Homemade crumpets are a wonderful breakfast, brunch or supper treat and the finest way to increase your butter intake!

Homemade crumpets are a wonderful breakfast, brunch or supper treat and the finest way to increase your butter intake!

Homemade Crumpets

5 from 5 votes
Homemade crumpets are a wonderful breakfast, brunch or supper treat and the finest way to increase your butter intake ๐Ÿ˜‰
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine British
Keyword Crumpet Recipe, Easy Crumpets, Homemade Crumpets Recipe
Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 4
Calories 235kcal
Author Brian Jones

Ingredients

  • 450 g Plain Flour
  • 1 Tsp Soft Brown Sugar
  • 7 g Dried Yeast
  • 350 ml Milk
  • 350 ml Fizzy bottled water
  • 1 Tsp coarsely ground sea salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • Cooking Oil Neutral

Instructions

  • Sift the yeast and flour in to a large mixing bowl and then add the sugar and mix together.
  • Heat the milk and water in a pan until it reaches around 20ยฐC.
  • When the milk and water mix reaches the appropriate temperature and then add to the flour mix and beat until it reaches a smooth mix, it should be half way between un-whipped single and double cream in texture.
  • Cover the bowl with cling film and set aside in a warm room until the mix has increased in volume between 50% and 100%, this should take about 2 hours.
  • Then stir in the bicarbonate of soda and salt.
  • Meanwhile heat a heavy based frying pan over a low to medium heat, if the pan is too hot the base of the crumpets will burn before the 'bubble' structure has a chance to form, too cold and the mix will run from underneath the ring moulds.
  • Add a little oil into the pan and then pour in 1.5cm of the mix to the 10cm baking rings, I can fit 4 rings into my frying pan.
  • Allow the crumpets to slowly cook, they will take around 10 minutes, they need to slowly cook and form the bubbled look that crumpets are known for.
  • When cooked the top of the crumpet will be dry and pock marked with holes, at this point in time you can flip the over and cook fro no more than 30 seconds.
  • At this point in time the crumpets can be frozen.
  • To serve grill on the cooked side first and then flip them over and grill the side with the holes and the lavish with loads and loads of butter!

Video

Notes

I understand that jam and butter is a popular way to serve crumpets, I however think anything other than butter is insane, but fill yer boots if you want jam ๐Ÿ˜‰ Adapted from Dan Leppard: Baking with Passion
The calorific value of this recipe does not include the butter you add after, that is all your fault ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜‰
Homemade crumpets are a wonderful breakfast, brunch or supper treat and the finest way to increase your butter intake!

Readers Comments

39 thoughts on “Homemade Crumpets”

  1. So we don’t have crumpets in the States. We have things that they call English Muffins that have a ton of nooks and crannies to hold butter too. Which is key IMHO! I must try your recipe to compare. The “English muffins” that I make do not have the baking soda, brown sugar or water. I am totally intrigued and have to make these!

    • English muffins are very different to crumpets, these are almost like drop scones… I don’t think I have seen anything similar on the US based sites I peruse, they are very good ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Great crumpet recipe Brian, those cuties are just throwing a beautifully blushed smile at me and the more I look at them the more I feel like grabbing them off my screen. I make crumpets too – my kids would have them every day ( I would too if I could ha ha). Delicious and great looking little cuties -you definitely inspired me to make some now – I did not have them in a while. Thanks for sharing yet another wonderful recipe with blissfully beautiful pics ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Oh yum! Watching your video I know I really must try to make your crumpets, I do need to increase my butter intake lol! I’ve started to make my bread a few months ago and I like to try different ones each time. Can’t wait to try your crumpets!

  4. I’m eating a toasted bagel with cream cheese and it suddenly tastes bland – I’m picturing a pool of melted butter on my plate from the butter I smeared on a warm crumpet. So much for that 2 bucks I spent on the bagel!

  5. I love crumpets, but good ones are so hard to come by most places I’ve lived in the States. I really want to abandon my “to do” list and make these right now! Good thing I don’t have fizzy water haha. But seriously, maybe next weekend for breakfast. And I do agree with you, there’s nothing better than good bread with butter. Good butter. Nothing else required!

    • Updating my comment to add that I have made these, they are delicious, and I have my second batch finishing up right now. The first time I followed as written, and the second I split the flour between white and whole wheat (I didn’t feel like opening another package of white), and they also turned out beautifully. I also proceeded to drink the remaining fizzy water so I can make other breads next week. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Oooo excellent, so glad you like them… I’ve not tried messing around with different flours, I think as an ingredient flour ‘scares’ me more than any other, I like food I can taste and test as I go with things like this it is all magic and subterfuge and you just have to trust ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    • Noooo don’t abandon the might English Muffin, they are perfect for Eggs Benedict, just add something new… Incidentally do you have an English Muffin Recipe, I have failed miserably at making them… Rookie Baker ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • I like to make Benedict with a hearty, rustic bread rather than an English muffin, mainly because I tend to bake bread pretty commonly. I’ve never made English muffins – but I’ve wanted to. I know that they can be made in a cast-iron pan, and I’m on a cast-iron kick … so if I come across something I like, I’ll definitely let you know.

        • Cheers, I don’t eat a lot of bread to be honest and bake it even less, I find muffins freeze really well so can always have some in stock… Shame I have not come across a reliable recipe though.

      • I’ve been looking for a Christmas Break project, and English muffins may be it. I’ve done a bit of research, and have discovered far more diversity than consensus with regard to how to make them. I’m very curious to give it a shot.

  6. You need to tone down your photography, buddy.. I am getting all JEALOUS with such beautiful shots.. The crumpets look just so perfectly delicious. Wish we lived closer.. I would have taken full advantage of your photography skills as well as such amazing food..

    • I believe they did make the trip across the Atlantic but not sure how popular they are. The ingredients are similar to an English Muffin, but the textures and processes are very different, a muffin will typically be made from a dough that needs ‘kneading’ where as a crumpet is made from a batter and the cooking process forms large holes to sneak in extra melted butter ๐Ÿ˜‰

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