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Easy English Crumpet Recipe

20/11/2019
 

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 Recipe

  • 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!). 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!

Fresh crumpets, lightly browned on a plate.

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What is a Crumpet?

Made from a yeast mix, a crumpet is a thick and porous cake that’s usually made on a frying pan or griddle commonly eaten as breakfast rather than as a dessert. It can be topped with both sweet and savoury toppings, depending on your mood, and it has a soft and chewy texture with a slight crispyness on the outside.

You could almost think of them as a really thick pancake, but they do have quite a different taste as a result from using yeast in the batter. 

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

Honey being poured over fresh crumpets with butter on plate.

What You’ll Need for this simple Crumpet Recipe

How to Make Crumpets

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.

Milk and yeast mixture for crumpet recipe.

Then using a whisk, mix all ingredients together in a bowl with the warm yeast mixture until combined into a dough.

Mixing of crumpet batter with whisk in a bowl.

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 mixture should double in size and bubble up on top.

Crumpet batter bubbling from yeast.

Cook in buttered or oiled rings on low to medium non-stick frying pan. Ladle mixture into each ring until half full.

Four homemade crumpets in rings on a frying pan.

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.

Flipping crumpets on a frying pan.

Tips

  • 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.
  • Find the warmest spot in the house for the yeast mixture to rise – even if it’s outside!
  • Re-oil or butter the rings before each round of crumpets to make sure they don’t stick.

FAQs

Crumpets vs English Muffins

There’s quite a lot of difference between English Muffins and Crumpets. Where crumpets are soft and chewy, English muffins are more like a bread. Even their mixtures are opposite – crumpet mix is a bubbly batter whereas English muffins are like 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 muffins with savoury.

Where to buy 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. We prefer metal rings which hold the round shape of the crumpet better.

Which side of a crumpet to toast?

The bottom of the crumpet is usually the most cooked, but you can flip them and slightly toast 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 to 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 can’t go past the classic vegemite and butter option! Other popular toppings include jam, cheese, egg – get creative and see what you like.

Can crumpets be frozen?

Yes, you can freeze crumpets. 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!

 

Golden crumpets with butter and honey on a plate.

Variations & Substitutes

  • 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 an extra dose of deliciousness. 

Having people over? Here’s some other breakfast options you can make to impress:

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Plate of fresh crumpets with butter and honey.

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

Equipment

  • Crumpet Rings
  • Medium Frying Pan

Ingredients

  • 250 g plain flour
  • 200 ml warmed milk
  • 200 ml warm water
  • 1 tablespoon dried yeast
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • butter

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 all ingredients 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 mixture 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

Notes

Tips

  • 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.
  • Find the warmest spot in the house for the yeast mixture to rise - even if it's outside!
  • Re-oil or butter the rings before each round of crumpets to make sure they don't stick.

FAQs

  • Crumpets vs English Muffins There's quite a lot of difference between English Muffins and Crumpets. Where crumpets are soft and chewy, English muffins are more like a bread. Even their mixtures are opposite - crumpet mix is a bubbly batter whereas English muffins are like 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 muffins with savoury.
  • Where to buy 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. We prefer metal rings which hold the round shape of the crumpet better.
  • Which side of a crumpet to toast? The bottom of the crumpet is usually the most cooked, but you can flip them and slightly toast 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 to 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 can't go past the classic vegemite and butter option! Other popular toppings include jam, cheese, egg - get creative and see what you like.
  • Can crumpets be frozen? Yes, you can freeze crumpets. 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!

Variations & Substitutes

  • 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 an extra dose of deliciousness.

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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10 Comments

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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! 🙂

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