Whether you have English roots or purely enjoy a yummy breakfast this one is perfect for autumn morning breakfast. With holes to capture the melted butter, drizzled honey or homemade jam, crumpets make breakfast a meal to celebrate.
2 cups all-purpose flour (can substitute half bread flour)
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup warm milk
1 tablespoon dried active yeast
1 teaspoon cane sugar
1 cup warm water
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Stir the sugar and yeast into the warm milk and let it rest for 10 minutes until frothy.
In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer combine the flour and salt.
Add the liquid to the flour mixture and stir/knead until a thick dough forms. If using a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment and beat the mixture for about 3 minutes until a thick dough forms.
Cover the bowl loosely with a Sustainable Wrap and set it in a warm place to rise for at least an hour or up to two (it should nearly double in size). This stage is important for the formation of the bubbles that will later form the classic holes in the crumpets.
Dissolve the baking soda in the warm water and add it to the dough. In addition to the previous proving phase, the baking soda is also what helps aerate the crumpets to give them their classic pores. Those pores allow the butter later on to soak beautifully into the crumpet and gives them their famous sponge-like texture.
If using a stand mixer, beat the batter for a minute or two. Or use an electric mixer to beat the batter. If some small lumps remain that’s okay. Any remaining lumps will dissolve during the next resting stage.
Cover the batter and let it rest in a warm place for at least 30 minutes (see note below comparing the rise of the crumpets depending on how long the batter sits).
After 30 minutes the batter should be nice and bubbly. When you stir it, it will bubble and froth nicely.
Time to prepare the crumpet rings.
Oil the inside rims of the crumpet rings. Lightly oil the frying pan. You can use a regular skillet or a cast iron pan (my preference for even heating).
Heat the pan and rings over medium-high heat.
Once the rings are hot, pour the batter into each ring until it’s slightly more than half full.
Cooking time will vary depending on your stovetop and frying pan but these will cook for approx 8-10 minutes (the time will vary according to the kind of cooktop and cookware you’re using. Just be sure to keep an eye on them to ensure they don’t burn on the bottom. Lower the temp as needed to finish off the cooking).
The batter will begin to rise and bubble on top.
Traditionally crumpets are only cooked on one side only, not flipped over, and then toasted later. However, if you’re going to eat the crumpets immediately, I prefer to remove the rings and flip the crumpets over to cook an extra minute or two on the top side for a nice golden color and added layer of crispiness. If you flip them be careful not to move them so you don’t smear any uncooked batter and thereby cover over the pores.
If you’re keeping them for later or plan on freezing them, you have the option to flip or not flip – either way you’ll want to toast them to reheat them. To freeze wrap and seal in a Sustainable Wrap.