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Hi Bold Bakers!
For those who have never had a Crumpets before, prepare to have your mind blown! If you liked my English Muffins you’re going to LOVE my No-Knead Homemade Crumpets. These fluffy yeasted treats are an Irish person’s guilty pleasure. Toasted and topped with some Kerrygold butter and we are in heaven!
What is a Crumpet?
A crumpet is a hotcake-like bread made of a thick yeasted batter. Thanks to the yeast and texture of the batter, these are somewhere across between a yeasted pancake and an English Muffin. It differs somewhat as it is known for its “nooks and crannies.” The yeast and raising agent in the batter helps to form air bubbles that cook right inside. Why is this exciting? Well, just imagine butter or jam seeping into the holes of a homemade fresh crumpet. There really is nothing like it!
What’s the Difference Between an English Muffin and a Crumpet?
The difference between these two breakfast classics is in the recipe and cooking method. While English Muffins are made from similar ingredients, they have much less liquid and are more of a dough and less of a batter. Because of this, they are cut out — whereas crumpets are cooked within a ring mold. Also, crumpets have those signature holes on top whereas muffins don’t.
How do I Store Crumpets?
Just like any homemade bread, crumpets can be covered and stored in an airtight container to keep it from going stale. These are just a good toasted the next day as they are fresh out of the pan.
How Long do Crumpets Last?
If stored properly, these will stay fresh for up to 3 days, but they can also be frozen for up to 6 weeks. To enjoy from frozen, just allow thawing at room temperature, then warm them up.
Tips and Tricks to Making Crumpets:
- Allow the batter to proof in a warm spot
- To stop the proofing process and preserve the dough to be cooked at a later time, put it in the fridge. Allow the batter to come to room temperature again before further proofing and cooking the crumpet
- The rings I used to cook my crumpets can be purchased here
- Grease the rings GENEROUSLY with oil so the crumpets will pop right out
- Use a non-stick pan to ensure the crumpets don’t stick
- When cooking the crumpets, low and slow is the name of the game, don’t be tempted to use high heat
Watch The Recipe Video!
No-Knead Homemade Crumpets Recipe (No Oven Needed)
- 2 1/4 cups (11 1/4oz/319g) all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon instant dried yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 cup (8floz/225ml) milk, warm
- 1 cup (8floz/225ml) water, warm
- vegetable oil for greasing the rings
- In a large bowl, add the flour, yeast, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Add the yeast and salt on separate sides of the bowl then you can whisk together (salt directly on yeast can kill it).
- In a separate jug, combine the warmed milk and water. (If you are using dried active yeast you sponge it in this liquid, stir it through and allow to stand for about 5 minutes.)
- Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the liquids. Whisk from the center outwards until the consistency of a thin batter and there are no lumps. Cover with cling wrap and a tea towel and set aside for a minimum of 1 hour, until bubbles form on the surface (the batter can be refrigerated now if you wish to cook the crumpets off later).
- To cook the crumpets, grease 4 10cm metal rings with vegetable oil. Wipe a little oil around a large non-stick frying pan or iron skillet and place over medium-low heat. Arrange the rings in the frying pan. Once hot, spoon the batter into each ring until 1/2 way full.
- Cook for 6-8 minutes, or until little bubbles appear on the surface. Once the bubbles have burst and the crumpets are dry on top, use tongs or a spatula to carefully lift off the rings and flip over the crumpets. Cook for 2-3 minutes on the other side.
- Re-grease and reheat the rings and pan before cooking the next batch. Repeat the process until all of the batter has been used and you've made roughly 10 crumpets.
- Serve the crumpets warm with butter.
- Cover and store at room temperature in an airtight container for 3 days or in the freezer for up to 6 weeks.