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Easy English Crumpet Recipe

20/11/2019 (Last Updated: 15/09/2020)

Making crumpets at home is so much easier than you think! With this easy English Crumpet Recipe you’ll be drinking tea and nibbling crumpets at breakfast in no time. Now to choose your favourite crumpet toppings!

Plate of fresh crumpets with butter and honey.

Why We Love This

What is breakfast without crumpets? There’s something oh-so-delicious about a hot toasted crumpet slathered in butter and honey (or butter and vegemite!). The bubbly holes are perfect for drawing in all that deliciously melted butter.

Just like homemade scones, they are perfect as a quick snack or afternoon tea. Just add a hot cup of coffee or tea and you’ll be ready for the day ahead!

Make this crumpet recipe in advance and store your crumpets in the freezer for later. Then simply pop them in the toaster for a minute or two until golden and crispy. Yum!

Honey being poured over fresh crumpets with butter on plate.

What is a Crumpet? 

Crumpets are a type of thick and porous cake usually made on a frying pan or griddle. Hailing from England, they’re commonly eaten as breakfast or with afternoon tea rather than as a dessert.

You could think of them as a really thick pancake, or a fusion of a pancake and an English Muffin, but they do have quite a different texture and their own unique taste from using yeast in the batter. They are delicious topped with either sweet or savoury toppings, depending on your mood!

Growing up in Australia, we’ve loved crumpets ever since we were kids, and grew up on the store-bought brands our parents would buy from the supermarket. It wasn’t until we tried this homemade crumpets recipe that we discovered just how much better they are when made by hand.

Homemade crumpets have such a delicious chewiness, and a freshly-cooked crispiness on the outside that store-bought crumpets just cannot compete with!

We’ve made sure this crumpet recipe is super simple, so you can enjoy your very own homemade crumpets in no time!

What You’ll Need

All you need for homemade crumpets are the handful of pantry staples below along with butter, warm milk and warm water.

  • Flour – Just regular plain / all-purpose flour. No need for self-raising flour.
  • Baking Powder – As a raising agent, this works with the yeast to help give crumpets their classic bubbly holes.
  • Dry Yeast – Instant yeast or rapid rise yeast are perfect for this recipe. We haven’t tested this with fresh yeast.
  • Crumpet Rings – These definitely help to give your crumpets their classic shape. If you already have have egg rings, feel free to use them instead. You could even try using silicone egg rings in a pinch, although we prefer metal rings which hold the round shape of the crumpet better.

How to Make Crumpets:

  1. In a large jug, mix warm milk, warm water, sugar and yeast. Let stand in the sun or warm spot for around 5 – 10 minutes until it foams.
  2. Then using a whisk, mix all ingredients together in a bowl with the warm yeast mixture until combined into a dough.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and a tea towel if you like and let sit for around 1.5 hours in a warm place like a windowsill in the sun. The crumpet batter should double in size and bubble up on top.
  1. Cook in buttered or oiled rings on low to medium non-stick frying pan. Ladle mixture into each ring until half full.
  2. Cook on one side for around 10-15 minutes or until bubbles appear on the top and you have an even browned base. Flip to briefly to seal the top and serve hot!

Wandercook’s Tips

  • Find the warmest spot in the house for the yeast mixture to rise – even if it’s outside!
  • Keep the heat on medium, and, using tongs or a spatula, check the base of the crumpet once you start seeing bubbles appear and pop on the surface. You want a nice browned base.
  • Re-oil or butter the rings before each round of crumpets to make sure they don’t stick.

FAQs

Are crumpets similar to English muffins?

There’s quite a big difference when it comes to English Muffins vs Crumpets. Where crumpets are soft and chewy, English muffins are more like a bread roll. Even their mixtures are opposite – crumpets have a bubbly batter whereas English muffins are more like a dough.
They are similar in that both can be enjoyed with savoury and sweet toppings. Although perhaps crumpets are better known to be eaten with sweet and English muffins with savoury.

Which side of a crumpet do I cook?

The bottom of the crumpet is usually the most cooked, but you can flip them and slightly brown the top as well. This is completely up to your individual taste and preference. If cooking from frozen, you can toast both sides in a toaster like you would a slice of bread.

How should I serve crumpets?

We love serving our crumpets hot and straight out of the pan with a good slathering of butter and honey. If you’re Australian, then you’ll no double LOVE the classic Vegemite and butter option! Other popular toppings include jam, cheese, even egg and bacon melts! Get creative and discover what you like.

Can I freeze crumpets?

Yep, you can! Cook them as normal, then once cooled, wrap them in a sealed container or bag and pop them in the freezer. They’ll last a couple of months. Just pop them in the toaster on a defrost cycle first, then toast. Enjoy!

Do I need to use crumpet rings?

Crumpet batter is quite runny, so you’ll definitely want something to help give them shape. Crumpet rings (or egg rings) are ideal, but you could use anything with enough depth to contain them while they cook.

Variations

  • For even more flavour, why not add your favourite sweet spice blend into the dough mixture. A blend of toasty spices like cloves, cinnamon and ginger would give an extra zing to your breakfast crumpets! 
  • You could also try adding a dash of vanilla essence for a extra sweet deliciousness. 
Fresh crumpets, lightly browned on a plate.

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Plate of fresh crumpets with butter and honey.

Easy English Crumpet Recipe

Making crumpets at home is so much easier than you think! With this easy English Crumpet Recipe you'll be drinking tea and nibbling crumpets in no time. Now to choose your favourite crumpet toppings!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: English
Servings: 10 crumpets
Calories: 106kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $5

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large jug mix warm milk, warm water, sugar and yeast. Let stand in the sun or warm spot for around 5 – 10 minutes until it foams.
  • Then using a whisk, mix the plain flour, salt, baking powder and butter together in a bowl with the warm yeast mixture until combined into a dough.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and a tea towel if you like and let sit for around 1.5 hours in a warm place like a windowsill in the sun. The crumpet batter should double in size and bubble up on top.
  • Cook in buttered or oiled rings on low to medium non-stick frying pan. Ladle mixture into each ring until half full.
  • Cook on one side for around 10-15 minutes or until bubbles appear on the top and you have an even browned base. Flip to briefly to seal the top and serve hot.

Video

Recipe Notes

  • Flour – Just regular plain / all-purpose flour. No need for self-raising flour. 
  • Baking Powder – As a raising agent, this pairs with the yeast to help give crumpets their classic bubbly holes.
  • Yeast – Instant yeast or rapid rise yeast are perfect for this recipe. We haven’t tested this with fresh yeast.
  • Crumpet Rings – You can buy crumpet rings from Amazon or use egg rings. We bought our egg rings from Bunnings in Australia. You could even try using silicone egg rings in a pinch, although we prefer metal rings which hold the round shape of the crumpet better.
  • Rise the Dough – Find the warmest spot in the house for the yeast mixture to rise – even if it’s outside!
  • Check the Bases – Keep the heat on medium, and, using tongs or a spatula, check the base of the crumpet once you start seeing bubbles appear and pop on the surface. You want a nice browned base.
  • Stop them Sticking – Re-oil or butter the rings before each round of crumpets to make sure they don’t stick.

Nutrition

Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 181mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 32IU | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Fred Griffen
    01/08/2020 at 12:13 pm

    Thanks for the prompt reply and advice. For that first attempt I tried two different burners on low (a wide and a medium) but the bottom browned in less than five minutes. I’ll try the “simmer” burner but after that I’ve got no where to go. Maybe an electric griddle with infinitely adjustable temperature. Otherwise the recipe is very easy and I can tell it’ll make perfect crumpets when I get the heat dilemma figured out. Thanks again.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      02/08/2020 at 5:15 pm

      Ah I see, otherwise a thicker pan could help. We used a cast iron pan for example, which can help even out the heat (if you happen to have one). If not, try cooking them as you did before and rest until cool to see if that does help the middle. 🙂 Good luck!

  • Reply
    Sunrita | Spiceitupp
    20/11/2019 at 11:11 pm

    5 stars
    I love crumpets. Did not realize that it was pretty straight forward to make at home as well. Thanks for this

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      22/11/2019 at 6:08 pm

      No worries Sunrita, hope you enjoy making them yourself!

  • Reply
    Angela Allison
    20/11/2019 at 10:59 pm

    5 stars
    This recipe is so good! I love crumpets and have been looking for a great recipe for them… this is definitely it! Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      22/11/2019 at 6:06 pm

      Thank you so much Angela! 😀

  • Reply
    Danielle Wolter
    20/11/2019 at 10:09 pm

    5 stars
    I’m pretty sure I’ve never had crumpets before but am very excited to try them! I love trying new dishes from different places!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      22/11/2019 at 6:05 pm

      Oh wow, then you’re definitely in for a treat. Crumpets are so good for breakfast, let us know what you think!

  • Reply
    Adrianne
    20/11/2019 at 9:57 pm

    5 stars
    I love these crumpets! You make it seem so easy for me to cook them which is great as I haven’t made home made crumpets before. I can’t wait try try them and drizzle in golden syrup. Cheers

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      22/11/2019 at 6:05 pm

      It is! Good luck trying them and yessss to the golden syrup. Yum!

  • Reply
    Dannii
    20/11/2019 at 8:16 pm

    5 stars
    We love crumpets, but I have never made my own. I really need to try it.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      22/11/2019 at 6:04 pm

      It’s much easier than we thought to make, definitely beats buying them pre-made from the supermarket! 🙂

      • Reply
        Fred
        01/08/2020 at 5:08 am

        Just finished my first attempt at crumpets using this recipe. The came out pretty well but I think I need to fine tune it a little with some advice for Wandercooks. The crumpets bubbled and browned nicely but I thought the final texture was a bit doughy and chewy. Having never eaten a crumpet for all I know that texture is perfect, but I doubt it. Any suggestions?

        • Reply
          Wandercooks
          01/08/2020 at 9:33 am

          Morning Fred! Thanks for reaching out. First of all nice work on the first attempt – it sounds like you’re almost there! The texture you’re going for is light and chewy, but we need to fix the doughy middle. It sounds like the batter is perfect though. Now, it may take a couple of goes to get this ‘just right’ to your liking, but I’d try the following (I’ll add these to the tips section too!)

          1. Try cooking on a lower heat, so you can cook the crumpets for longer without burning the bottom. You can try starting it on a high heat to ‘seal’ the bottom, then switch it down low.

          2. Let the crumpets cool completely. As much as it’s tempting to eat them straight away, the trapped heat can help to cook them through. Then just heat them up in the microwave or toaster over the next couple of days. Store them in the fridge once they’re cooled too.

          Hope this helps, and good luck for round two!

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