Easy Homemade Crumpets

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Crumpets are such a treat with light fluffy middles and a crisp bottom so delicious, especially when slathered in butter. As a child crumpets would often be a snack when we got home from school. I grew up on shop bought crumpets so was delighted to find that homemade ones taste even better.

easy crumpets
Two homemade crumpets

Crumpet Ingredients

  • 350 ml Milk
  • 7 g Dried fast action yeast
  • 1 tsp Caster sugar
  • 250 g Strong bread flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Salt

You can use whole or semi-skimmed milk, I have also used lactose free in the past with no issues. You can use strong bread flour or plain flour, you could also mix the two. The strong flour gives the stretch and rise whilst plain flour provides softness.

Overnight crumpets

You can prepare your mix and after proving for an hour pop it in the fridge overnight to save time in the morning. This means you can get up and cook them straight away rather than having to wait for them to prove when you are starving.

Crumpet rings

You will need crumpet rings, I use the egg rings in the picture below. There are some links at the bottom of the post to crumpet rings on Amazon.

Crumpet rings
Crumpet rings

You can still use the recipe without crumpet rings. Just drop a spoonful of the mix directly into the pan just as you would for fluffy pancakes. However you will technically then be making pikelets not crumpets – either way they taste yummy but will be flatter than crumpets.

How to make crumpets

The first thing you need to do is to prepare your milk and yeast mix. The milk needs to be warmed before you add the yeast. Essentially yeast thrives in warm water but dies in hot water and sleeps in cold water so it is important to get the temperature right. Once you have warmed your milk you add the yeast and sugar. Then leave the mix to sit for 15 minutes.

Sieve the flour in a bowl with the baking powder and salt. Once it is ready slowly add the milk mix to the flour and beat it with a wooden spoon, this helps to produce the crumpet holes.

This thick batter is then covered with cling film or a tea towel and left in a warm place to prove for 1 hour. The batter / dough should increase in size. It will still be a slightly wet sticky mix and little holes will form on the surface.

At this point you can put the batter in the fridge overnight or cook straight away.

crumpet mix
crumpet dough mix

Cooking Crumpets

Cooking crumpets is a bit like pancakes and can take practice to get it right, so your first crumpet might need to be a practice one.

It is easier to cook in batches, I only have two rings so it took quite a while and it will be much quicker if you can put four in the pan at once. Make sure you remember to grease the crumpet rings with butter each time to avoid them sticking.

Crumpets are best cooked low and slow so you want your frying pan on a low to medium heat with your greased rings inside. Then fill the ring half full with the batter (a large table spoon full).

Cook the crumpets for 6-9 minutes, they are ready to turn once set on top with holes formed. The bubbles should stay open rather than fill back up with the liquid. You may need two tools such as a spatula and palette knife to turn the crumpets. They will only need a minute or two to cooking on the top.

cooking crumpets
Cooking crumpets waiting for the bubbles

You will probably need to run a knife around the side of the ring to loosen the crumpet. Be careful as you remove the rings as they will be very hot.

Serve the same day

Fresh crumpets are ideal served straight away although they can be cooled and then toasted later. I would recommended eating them the same day they are cooked.

The magic of a crumpet is its airy, light hole filled centre ready to soak up the toppings. Crumpets and butter are made for each other.

Inside of crumpet
Inside the crumpet

There are endless toppings that go with crumpets and you can go down a sweet or savoury route depending on your preference. I have a sweet tooth and really enjoy some butter and honey on mine. My husband is a big fan of jam with his.

easy crumpets
Homemade crumpets
Print Recipe

Easy Homemade Crumpets

Homemade crumpets taste amazing and are perfect for a weekend bake.
Course Breakfast, brunch, Snack
Cuisine UK Classic
Keyword breakfast, crumpet
Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 350 ml Milk
  • 7 g Dried fast action yeast
  • 1 tsp Caster sugar
  • 250 g Strong bread flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Salt

Instructions

  • Warm the milk, 1 minute on high in the microwave should be enough. You want it warm but not boiling.
  • Add the yeast and caster sugar to the milk, stir it in briefly then leave it to sit for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile sieve the flour into a large bowl.
  • Add the baking powder and salt to the flour.
  • When the milk mix is ready slowly add it to the flour. You want a thick batter and give it a good beat with a wooden spoon as this helps to develop the traditional crumpet holes.
  • Cover with cling film or a tea towel and leave to prove for 1 hour.
  • After proving the mix should have bubbles on top. You can now put this mix covered in the fridge overnight or cook the crumpets straight away.
  • Put a large frying pan on a low – medium heat. If using crumpet rings you will need to butter them before each crumpet to avoid sticking. Spray the pan with fry light or a little butter.
  • Set the crumpet rings in the pan and using a large spoon half fill with the batter.
  • Cook over a low heat for 6-9 minutes, until they set on top and the holes are formed (you can pop the bubbles with a knife to speed this up).
  • Flip the crumpets and remove the rings, you will likely need to run a knife round the side to release them. Use a tea towel or oven gloves as the rings will be very hot.
  • Cook for 1-2 minutes on top and remove from the pan. Repeat cook with any additional batter.
  • Serve while still warm.

The links below are affiliate links which means if you purchase from the links I may receive a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you and will support this blog. The KitchenCraft Egg rings are what I own and worked well although it would be handy to have 4 rather than two to save time when cooking.

I would love to see your homemade crumpets so don’t forget to tag the breakfast page over on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

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13 Comments

  1. May 3, 2020 / 2:16 pm

    These look great! Definitely give them a go! #KCACOLS

    • Jade
      Author
      May 3, 2020 / 2:17 pm

      Thanks if you do make sure you let me know how you get on x

  2. joarosetintedworld
    May 5, 2020 / 9:12 am

    Wow! These really do look fabulous. Now that I have finally got my hands on some yeast I may have to give them a go! #KCACOLS

    • Jade
      Author
      May 5, 2020 / 10:04 am

      Thanks, they are super easy and great to try now while we are home all day.

  3. May 6, 2020 / 10:02 am

    Wow these look delicious – I love crumpets so may have to give these a go! #KCACOLS

    • Jade
      Author
      May 7, 2020 / 3:59 pm

      Thanks so worth it.

  4. May 7, 2020 / 7:52 pm

    These look brilliant, I’ve never thought to make my own before but might now give it a go. #KCACOLS

    • Jade
      Author
      May 7, 2020 / 8:14 pm

      Its so much easier than I thought it would be. Totally worth trying 😊

  5. May 9, 2020 / 8:54 pm

    Oh wow! How clever to make your own crumpets. They look fantastic. We don’t have rings like that, but I’m very tempted to give them a try. Thank you for sharing you recipe with the #DreamTeamLinky

    • Jade
      Author
      May 9, 2020 / 9:10 pm

      They taste just as good and are quicker to cook without the rings so still worth it xx

  6. May 9, 2020 / 9:07 pm

    I love crumpets but haven’t had them since I went vegan (am also gluten free) so I might try adapting your recipe! Thanks for linking up with #dreamteamlinky

    • Jade
      Author
      May 9, 2020 / 8:10 pm

      My friend tried it with gluten free flour and I think it worked out

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