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Introduction & method

English crumpets are a kind of thick but light pancake, characterized by the numerous holes in the top. Served hot and smothered with butter, there's nothing quite like them. Not to be confused with muffins.

Crumpets Recipe

Make the Batter

Mix together all the dry ingredients except the bicarbonate of soda (baking soda). Stir in the milk and water and whisk vigorously. Set aside for 1-2 hours until the mixture is a mass of bubbles.

Dissolve the bicarb in the remaining water and stir it into the batter. Leave to rest 15-30 minutes.

Cook the Crumpets

You'll need some kind of metal rings to cook your crumpets in - 9cm (3.5 inches) diameter is about right. If you don't have any crumpet rings, you can improvise by removing the top and bottom from tuna cans.

Generously butter the inside of the rings.. Heat some oil in the pan on medium-low heat. Arrange the rings in the pan and pour batter into each one. Your crumpets should be about 2cm (¾ inch) thick. Cook them gently until the top has solidified - it may take a bit of practice for you to be able to get the crumpet cooked through without the bottom being burnt.

The tops of the crumpets should have lots of small holes in them. To finish off the crumpets, stick them under a grill (broiler) or hit them with a blowtorch until lightly browned.

Serve with lashings of butter, and if that's not enough, some jam or a thin scraping of Marmite.

The video above is from the Keef Cooks YouTube channel. Click here to see the video recipe of Crumpets on YouTube.

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Ingredients & Info

•  150 grams strong white bread flour
•  100 grams plain (all-purpose) flour
•  200 ml milk
•  100 ml warm water
•  1 sachet active dried yeast
•  1 tsp salt
•  1 tsp sugar
•  half a tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)

Butter for greasing rings and pan. Extra 50ml (2 fl. oz.) water to dissolve soda in.

US (cups, sticks, etc)

Makes 4 crumpets
Prep time: 5 minutes. proving time: 2 hours.
Cooking time: 8 minutes.
Total time: 2 hours 13 minutes.

Watch the video on YouTube