Crumpets on plate with knife and butter

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 45 mins plus rising

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Makes 10-12

Make your own fluffy crumpets for your next weekend brunch. These golden brown buttery treats are well worth the effort and are delicious with melted cheese

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per crumpet (12)

  • kcal190
  • fat4g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs32g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre2g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.9g
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  • 2 ½ tsp dried yeast
  • warm 240ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 470g plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder dissolved in 60ml warm water
    Baking powder

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  • vegetable oil, to grease
  • butter or cheese, to serve



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…


  1. In a bowl stir together the yeast and 240ml warm water and let it stand for 5-10 mins. Add the warm milk, butter, salt and sugar. Add the flour and stir until the batter becomes smooth. Let stand for 30 mins.

  2. Stir in the baking powder dissolved in water, leave to rise for 20-30 mins.

  3. Grease a heavy-based frying pan with a little vegetable oil and heat over medium-low heat. Lightly grease 4 x 9cm diameter crumpet rings. Spoon batter into the rings so it comes halfway up the sides. Reduce heat to low, cover with an upturned deep frying pan to give the crumpets space to rise. Cook until the tops look dry, about 10-12 mins.

  4. Flip them over and cook for 5 mins until golden and firm. Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve toasted with butter or with cheese melted under the grill.

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26th Apr, 2011
You could also try toasting them from frozen. Most of the modern toasters have a 'frozen' button, and it seems to work very well :-)
16th Feb, 2011
Hi there, ZeTallGerman, as a singleton I'm forever cooking up big batches of things and freezing them and can assure you that crumpets freeze quite well. Try not to have them sticking together when you first pop them in the freezer, spread out inside a ziploc bag is good. Then when they've frozen, bundle them more compactly. A word of warning, like any bread, crumpets can get overly chewy if you try to thaw them using the microwave. If you feel like experimenting to get just the right timing and power to thaw them without compromising texture, go ahead. I prefer to leave them out for a while before toasting, depends on the ambient temp how long, so that they're at least partially thawed before toasting.
1st Feb, 2011
Have used this recipe many times and always ended-up with great "holey" crumpets. Sometimes the dough may be a bit thick, so I help the bubbles along by popping them with a tooth pick :-) Crumpets are relatively low in fat and a great scrummy alternative to breakfast muffins. Does anyone have any experience with freezing these? They can be quite time-consuming to make (even in my biggest pan I can only make 4 at a time) so freezing a batch for popping into the toaster later would be great. I may give that a try this weekend.
24th May, 2010
Try a layer of Philly cream cheese topped with a teaspoon or so of orange marm... Take two, they're small :-)
9th Mar, 2009
Hi RosieAngel You could use tuna tins top and bottom opened and a frying pan i use fried egg rings and frying pan and they work well. I love this recipe as do my family, good luck
5th Feb, 2009
I havent got "a griddle with crumpet rings"! Advice please as to what I could use instead? Many thanks! Rosie
5th Jan, 2016
I used a cookie cutter the first time on a non stick pan
6th Dec, 2008
Needed much more liquid than the recipe said to give a 'batter', and the results didn't look like crumpet. That said, they did taste quite authentic. But takes ages to cook, as I could only do 3 at a time (at 10-12 mins a go). Much easier to buy them if you can locally (I can't)!!!
5th Jan, 2016
Yeah they didnt work for me im a brit in america and i definitely know a crumpet...that was not a crumpet lol
7th Sep, 2008
I love this recipe. Mine never get the holes in the top though? I'm not too concerned though, I've made them several times now and our family love them as a special breakfast treat with butter, honey or golden syrup.


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