How to make crumpets

A crisp, toasted base and a chewy centre, with orange-scented honey butter oozing into the little holes. Heaven on a plate.

How to make crumpets

You will need

  • 275ml milk
  • 225g strong white bread flour
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
  • 1⁄2 tsp caster sugar
  • Melted butter for greasing

You’ll also need

  • 9cm non-stick metal crumpet or egg-poaching rings (Lakeland sells crumpet rings; £9.97 for four,

Makes 10. Hands-on time 1 hour, oven time 8 min, plus resting

1. Heat the milk together with 55ml water in a small saucepan until just warm enough to put your finger in and hold it there for a few seconds.

2. Meanwhile, put the flour, salt, yeast and sugar in a mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. When the liquid is ready, pour it into the bowl, stirring with a metal spoon, to make a smooth batter. Don’t overbeat – stop as soon as it’s smooth.

3. Cover the bowl with a clean tea towel and leave in a warm place for 45 minutes (see tips). The batter will rise, forming bubbles, and become sticky. Heat the oven to 150°C/130°C fan/gas 2.

4. Brush the insides of the rings with a little melted butter.

5. Put a flat griddle pan or large heavy-based frying pan over a medium heat and brush with melted butter.

6. Arrange as many rings as will fit and, when the butter is sizzling, spoon 3-4 tbsp of the batter into each ring.

7. Turn down the heat to low (see tips below) and cook for 10-15 minutes until the crumpet tops are almost cooked, with just a hint of undercooked mixture – you’ll see bubbles form in the mixture, which will then burst.

8. Remove the crumpet rings using a tea towel to protect your fingers.

9. Flip the crumpets with a palette knife and cook for 2 minutes more.

10. Set aside on a baking sheet. Re-grease the crumpet rings and repeat with remaining mixture.

11. When all the crumpets are ready, put them in the oven for 5-8 minutes to make sure the insides are cooked. Eat straightaway, or cool, then toast to warm through. Serve with whipped honey butter (below).

Whipped Honey Butter

  • Put 75g softened unsalted butter in a bowl and beat with an electric hand mixer or wooden spoon until soft and pliable.
  • Stir through 2 tbsp set honey (we used orange blossom honey), and beat until almost completely combined – don’t beat for too long or the butter will split.
  • Cover with cling film and store somewhere cool until needed.
  • Dot chunks on the toasted crumpets to melt, and grate over a little orange zest to finish.

More tips for success 

  • Leave the crumpet batter somewhere warm in step 2, away from drafts, but don’t be tempted to put it anywhere too hot, such as near a radiator, or the mixture might overheat and collapse.
  • Be careful when moving the bowl of batter – if you slam it down or are rough with the spoon, you risk knocking out the air. Be gentle when spooning the mixture into the rings, too.
  • In step 4 the heat must be low enough to ensure the bottoms of the crumpets don’t burn before the tops firm up. If they’re on the lowest heat and they’re still burning, move the pan to a smaller burner.
  • Don’t be tempted to rush the crumpets as they’re cooking. Many recipes specify much shorter cooking times, but you’re looking to properly dry out the insides and create a solid, crisp exterior, so take it slow.

Nutrition information (per crumpet)  106kcals, 1.7g fat (1g saturated), 4g protein, 18.5g carbs (1.6g sugars), 0.5g salt, 0.7g fibre

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