If you’ve ever wanted to know how to make crumpets, this is the recipe for you. Perfectly soft and spongey with all those signature holes to soak up all the butter, this recipe for homemade crumpets will become a breakfast favourite.
1 ⅓cupswarm tap water(330ml / 11 fl oz / 1/3 quart)
oil if your pan isn't non stick
non-stick frying pan
Dry ingredients: In a large bowl, without the yeast and salt touching directly, combine the flour, sugar, salt, yeast and bakind soda.
Make the batter: Add the water and use a handheld electric beater to beat the mixture for 1 full minute. Start on low-meidum so that it doesn't splatter, working up to medium-high.
Rest the batter: Cover the bowl with a clean tea towel or plate and sit it in a warm place for 30-45 minutes. It should look a little frothy on top by the end but won't rise much.
Prep the crumpet rings: Grease the inside of 3-4 crumpet rings with a little butter then dip them in flour and tap off any excess.
Heat the pan: Heat a large, non-stick, flat bottomed frying pan over med-high heat. Let it heat for a couple of minutes until it feels hot when you hover your hand over the top.
Cook (stage 1): Place 2-3 of the crumpet rings into the pan and tip about 1/4 cup of batter into each one. Let them cook for 5-6 minutes until there is a good ring of dry batter and bubbles all burst around the edge of the crumpets.
Cook (stage 2): Turn the heat to low-med and cook for a further 5-6 minutes until all the bubbles have popped and he crumpets look dry all over (once dry, no more bubbles will pop)
Flip & finish: Remove the rings and flip the crumpets for 2-3 seconds - just enough to seal the top, not colour them. Remove them from the pan and allow to cool.
Clean the rings and re-grease and flour. Start again from step 7 for the remaining batter.
Toast & serve: Always toast crumpets until golden before serving. In a toaster or under a broiler or overhead grill.
The batter is quite runny so make sure you have a flat based pan and make sure the pan is hot before adding any batter or it will run out under the rings.
A non-stick pan works best
All stove tops are different. I use a gas stove and cook them on my medium sized burner in a 26cm pan doing 3 crumpets at a time. You'll need to test your own stove but use these visual clues.
by the end of stage 1 cook, a ring of cooked dry batter should be visible around the top, with still a large centre of wet batter with unpopped bubbles.
by the end of the stage 2 cook, all bubbles should be popped and the top should look dry. If you find the tops not drying out but the bubbles are mostly popped, flipping them at the end is enough to seal them.
Crumpets can be stored at room temperature for 3-4 days or frozen for up to 3 months.