Sunday, 21 December 2008

You're Gonna Love This . . . Crumpets!

This would have to be one of my favourite recipes for treat foods. Although, if you use wholemeal flour, you could have it as an everyday food.

4 cups plain flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1.5 teaspoons salt
3.5 cups luke-warm water
1 sachet dried yeast (7-8g) or 15g compressed yeast
1.5 teaspoons sugar

Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water.

Place the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.

Combine the yeasty water and flour mix and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth.

Cover the bowl and stand in a warm (but not hot) place until small bubbles appear on the surface. This takes about 10 minutes in summer and about 20 minutes in winter.

Lightly grease a frypan or skillet and some egg rings (generally, five to seven egg rings will fit comfortably in your pan).

When the pan and the rings are hot, fill the rings about 3/4 full with batter. Cook over low heat, uncovered, for 5 to 10 minutes until holes appear on the surface and the surface is beginning to dry out.

Remove eggs ring (with a pair of tongs or they will burn you!).

Cover with lid and cook for a further 2-3 minutes until cooked through and the bottom is golden brown.

Cool, toast and serve with honey, golden syrup, butter, jam, etc.

OR you can simply flip them over in the pan for a couple of minutes to lightly toast the top. This is my preferred way, as they are then ready to eat straight away!

This recipe is designed for wheat flour (white or wholemeal) and works well with these. I've tried making these with all buckwheat flour and it was a dismal failure. But gluten free flours can work - a 50/50 mix of Orgran plain gluten free flour and FG Roberts plain gluten free flour gives a superb result.


love and light


Wendy said...

Looks delicious. I never thought of making my own crumpets!

Kel said...

OMG! im so doing this. i always disbelieved crumpet recipes...never trusted they would turn out like that!~they look great and i LOVE wholemeal crumpets...thanks NW. Merry Xmas.

naturewitch said...

Hi Wendy
Have a go - you may find you become addicted, though. Hope you and your loved ones have a fantastic Christmas and New Year. xx

Hi Kel
You must make them. When I was eating wheat regularly, I used to make wholemeal ones - they are delicious. You don't get as many holes in them, but they are certainly worth the effort. Hope you and your loved ones have a magical Christmas and New Year. xx

Weeping Sore said...

Yummy! I know what I'm having for breakfast tomorrow. My adult daughter, the baker, recently got me some English muffin rings.Can't wait to try your recipe. Happy Winter Solstice!

Anonymous said...

NW they sound and look delectable, will have to try them after the holidays, speaking of which... Hope you and yours have a magical Christmas and a super, safe & joyous New Year.

Libby said...

Hot Crumpets with lashings of butter. We used to toast these over the open fires during the blackouts of the 70's! Happy days!

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

naturewitch said...

Hi Weeping Sore
Thanks for dropping by. Hope youe njoy your home-made muffins and now crumpets. Have a great Christmas and New Year. xx

Hey Molly
Have to warn you - these can be addictive! You may find yourself with an additional New Year's resolution. xx

Hi Libby
Crumpets over an open fire - mmmm. We don't seem to get many blackouts now :) Hope you have a greta Christmas and New Year. xx

Cwm Goch Chronicles said...

thanks for your Gluten free tips - it's crumpets for us tomorrow for brekky!