My husband loves crumpets.
I don't know why or where his affinity for crumpets started, but for as long as I've known him, he's loved them and asks for them all the time.
What would you like for breakfast?
What would you like for lunch?
How about a snack?
Crumpets! Crumpets! Crumpets!
OK, I exaggerate ... but he does like them. A lot.
When we lived in Northern Virginia, I was easily able to buy crumpets in the grocery store. I had a lot to choose from in the stores. Now that we live a little further out (ahem!), crumpets are nowhere to be seen and I'm pretty much on my own.
I'm now a crumpet maker. Really, it's on my resume (or at least it should be!)
Anyway, homemade crumpets are not only super easy to make, but they taste just as good, if not better (if I do say so myself) than anything you can buy in a store. The only thing with making crumpets is that you need some crumpet or muffin rings -- otherwise, without rings of some sort, you'll end up with crazy looking (and probably really flat) crumpets. Crumpet/muffin rings are pretty cheap -- most are less than $10. I bought mine on Amazon.com (click here the see the Crumpet/Muffin Rings available at Amazon.com).
But, if you don't have fancy rings or don't want to buy them, you can cut the tops and bottoms off of tuna cans and use in place of crumpet rings. Just be sure to clean them well -- believe me, you don't want tuna flavored crumpets!
2 tsp. yeast
1/4 c. warm water
1/3 c. + 2 tbsp. milk (@ room temperature)
4 tbsp. melted butter
1 c. all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
As the crumpet batter bakes, it will start to form some bubbles on top.
Be sure to keep the heat low so that they don't burn or get too brown on the bottom.
The longer they bake, the more bubbles will form.
Once they get a lot of bubbles forming on top, remove the rings & check the sides.
When the sides start to look pretty dry, flip them over to bake for a bit on the other side.
After they've baked a bit on other side, remove and cool for a few minutes. Serve immediately!
My homemade crumpets don't get as many holes on the top as store bought crumpets,
but they taste just as good and have TONS of holes throughout the inside! ENJOY!!