Making your own crumpets isn’t as difficult as you might think. They are something nice to do on a weekend when you can take a bit more time over breakfast and fancy eating something melty and satisfying.
The crumpets are made from cupboard basics; flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt, yeast and soya milk. You might want to invest in a set of 6-8 silicone rings for the cooking. I brought mine on Amazon. They are sold as egg rings, but for this recipe, work much better than metal rings, as the crumpets don’t stick to them and come out clean when they’re cooked.
Bubbling batter is poured into the rings on a large hot frying pan and cooked until the crumpets set and the bubbles burst – so they are quite fun to make too. We have recently welcomed a new cooker with induction hob to our kitchen… which shone in all its glory with this task.
If you only have two silicone rings, it doesn’t matter, it’s just quicker to be able to make a full batch at once using six. Metal rings will also do, but make sure you grease them well.
The recipe is adapted from The Complete Book of Vegan Cooking, by Tony and Yvonne Bishop-Weston.
Makes about 8
15 mins cooking time (but batter needs to sit for an hour before use)
2 cups plain flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp fast-action yeast
1 ½ cups soya milk, lukewarm
Oil for greasing
1. Sift the dry ingredients, apart from the yeast, into a bowl. Stir in the yeast.
2. Whisk in the soya milk, beating until you have a smooth batter. Cover and set aside for an hour in a warm place for the batter to develop a spongy appearance.
3. Heat a large frying pan and brush with oil. Arrange the silicone rings in a the pan and allow them to heat up. I kept my ring on a medium heat through the cooking process. It’s important to make sure the rings and pan is hot before pouring in the batter.
4. Pour around 1cm of batter into each ring. Be careful not to over-fill them, as the batter does rise slightly.
5. Cook the crumpets for around 5 mins, until they have set and the bubbles have popped.
6. Using a pallet knife, gently ease the crumpets from the rings.
7. Turn them all over and cook on the other side, for just a minute, until they are lightly browned.
8. Allow to cool on a wire rack, then toast, before serving with melted soya margarine or jam.