Crumpet recipe

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makes: 12
Skill: medium
Cost: cheap
Prep: 15 min
Cooking: 30 min
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  • Nothing is more comforting on a cold winter day than a hot freshly made crumpet dripping with melted butter. Not as difficult to make as you may think – just a simple yeast batter with added bicarbonate of soda which gives the baked crumpets their characteristic holes. You’ll need a flat cast-iron griddle pan to cook the crumpets on and metal crumpet rings about 2.5cm deep. If you can’t find crumpet rings round metal cookie cutters can be used instead.

    Ingredients

    • 150g strong plain white flour
    • 100g plain flour
    • 1tsp caster sugar
    • ½
    • tsp salt
    • 7g sachet easy-blend or fast-action dried yeast
    • 300ml milk, warmed
    • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
    • 150ml warm water
    • Butter, for greasing

    Method

    • Sift the flours into a large mixing bowl and stir in the sugar, salt and yeast. Make a well in the centre and pour in the warm milk. Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon to make a batter then beat vigorously for 3-4 mins until smooth and elastic.

    • Cover the bowl with cling film and leave in a warm place for 1-1 ½ hrs until the batter has doubled in size.

    • Mix the bicarbonate of soda with the warm water and beat into the risen batter. Cover and leave for a further 30 mins until the mixture is full of tiny bubbles.

    • Heat a cast-iron flat griddle and grease lightly with butter. Grease 4 x 9cm round metal crumpet rings or cookie cutters and place on the griddle to heat. Spoon the batter into the crumpet rings to come up about 1cm. Cook gently for 8-10 mins or until the surface sets and is full of tiny holes. Carefully ease off the rings, flip the crumpets over and cook for a 1-2 mins until golden.

    • Keep the crumpets warm while cooking the rest of the batter, wiping and re-greasing the rings for each batch. Serve warm buttered or leave to cool and toast when required.

    Top tip for making Crumpet

    If you toast the crumpets under a grill, toast the smooth side first and then the top, so the butter will melt into the holes!

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