Sunday, June 30, 2013

Homemade crumpets ...

I have had this crumpet recipe in my folder for some time so I thought I'd give it a go this morning - I'm home alone so there was no pressure to get anything else done.
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The recipe came from Nature Witch's blog here but I see there hasn't been any activity for since July 2010.  Here we go ... and in hindsight, next time I will halve the mixture because 45 (!) crumpets is just a bit too many for this family of two!  They will freeze but that is still a lot to get through.
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Combine your warm water, yeast and sugar in a large bowl...
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Add in the flour, baking powder and salt gradually, making sure to get rid of lumps...
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This is the batter when all the flour has been incorporated.  I think it needed a bit more warm water added (1/4 cup) so the final batter is reasonable runny.
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Let the batter rest in a warm place for 20 minutes.  It should have bubbles rising to the surface.
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Spray egg rings with non-stick spray and place in your skillet (or like me, a griddle hotplate).  Fill each ring with good heaped tablespoon of batter.  It was trial and error with this quantity.  Less is better as it rises.
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These were my first attempts.  Not bad.  The recipe says to cover them for the last 2 minutes (to promote the holeyness) but I didn't have a big/high enough lid to do this on my skillet.  So I just flipped them over for a minute.
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See how the batter is getting more bubbly?
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Another batch ...
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Finally all cooked - yes, there are 45 crumpets!  Anyone know a hungry family of eight?
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I had mine with Golden Syrup and then one with Vegemite...
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So very good!
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I have frozen them in packs of 6 with kitchen paper between them.  Give them a try - if you can make pancakes, you can make these crumpets!
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Added: I got out a pack of frozen crumpets this morning and toasted them as normal and they were fantastic.  Missing the holey top so I stabbed it a few times with my knife so the margarine would go down into it a bit - naughty, I know!
Cheers - Joolz xx

7 comments:

  1. Geez those look good Joolz!

    I haven't had a shot at making crumpets yet,but have found a good easy recipe over at the One Pot Chef, his turn out perfect. Check it out if you want to...he's an aussie so even better. I think you will like his other recipes too :)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwobvssT57Y

    Have a lovely Sunday,
    xx

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  2. Thanks for the link, Tania. It looks like you get more airy crumpets with his recipe. Will try it when we finally eat our way through these 45 crumpets! :)

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  3. I made crumpets not so long ago and ended up with enough to feed a small army too. I think that because we use egg rings we get so many. I have looked for something bigger than a egg ring but can't find anything.

    Happy Birthday to Gus.

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  4. do you have a wok lid, Joolz, that makes a great frypan cover
    xx

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  5. Those crumpets look delicious, I might just try making some.
    Anne xx

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  6. Oh my gosh, I have to try these!

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  7. And the recipe works for gluten free flour, too!
    Naturewitch :)

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