With snow all around it’s the perfect day to try making crumpets for the first time.
You need some metal rings to make the round outline of the crumpet in the frying pan.
1 ½ cups hot water
1 cup milk or soy milk
1 tbsp active dried yeast
1 tsp sugar
2 cups high grade flour
1 tsp salt
Oil or unsalted butter for frying
Pour the water and milk into a large bowl and heat till it’s just a bit hotter than blood heat.
Add the yeast and sugar and stir till dissolved.
Stand in a warm place until it bubbles.
Warm the flour and salt in the microwave (about 30 seconds on high). Stir and check temperature. It should be roughly blood heat.
Add the flour to the liquid and beat for about 30 seconds with an electric mixer until there are no lumps.
Cover and stand the bowl in a warm place until the mixture has doubled in size (about 30 minutes).
Heat a frying pan to a low heat and add a small amount of oil or unsalted butter.
Grease the inside of the metal rings then place them in the pan.
Carefully spoon the mixture into the rings, to a depth of about 1cm.
Cook on a low heat for several minutes.
When the edge of the crumpet has pulled back from the ring you can carefully remove the ring.
The crumpet is ready to flip when the top has changed colour and dried out slightly.
Cook for another couple of minutes on the other side.
You will need to toast or grill the crumpets before serving with butter and jam or some other decadent topping.
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