Thursday, November 18, 2010

Crumpets!


Tea and crumpets... just saying it makes me feel all sophisticated and ladylike. This month for Taste and Create I was paired with Val a very talented blogger and chef from our neighbor to the north, Canada. When I saw she had quite a few recipe's for crumpets on her
blog, I decided that this was something I had to try! The crumpet recipe I chose was one she had adapted from Rose Levy Berenbaum's, The Bread Bible. The process of making crumpets, while not difficult, does take a while as they first need time to rise and then to cook at a very low temperature. Don't be deterred though, they are worth the wait! The final product reminded me of these: Oroweat's Australian Toaster Biscuits! Does anyone else remember those? I used to LOVE them when I was younger, and the crumpets turned out deliciously similar. Soft and lightly sweet. Denser and fluffier than a pancake, and not as dry as a traditional English muffin. I topped mine with butter (highly recommended as the crumpets have lots of nooks and crannys just begging to be filled with rich melty butter). They were also lovely sandwiched together with a generous shmear of jam.





Crumpets

Per Val from morethanburnttoast.blogspot.com

(originally from Rose Levy Berenbaum's The Bread Bible)


Ingredients

1 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons dry milk

1 teaspoon instant yeast
1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons water, divided

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 tsp butter


In a large bowl mix together the flour, dry milk, yeast, sugar, and salt.


Add the 3/4 cup of water and, gradually beat on medium for about 5 minutes until completely smooth (I used a hand mixer, which worked great!).

With a piece of tape, mark on the side of the bowl where doubled the height would be. Cover and let batter rise until doubled, about an hour. Once the batter has doubled in size, in a small bowl, mix together the baking soda and remaining 2 tablespoons of water. Stir into the batter and allow to rise again until almost doubled, about 30 min. The batter will be filled with bubbles.

Preheat the griddle or frying pan. If using an electric griddle, preheat to 275 degrees. If using a skillet, heat over low until a drop of water sizzles when added. When heated, brush the pan, and the insides of the crumpet rings (I used circular cookie cutters, which worked fine) with melted butter. Set the rings/cookie cutters in the pan and use a ladle to spoon, or pour the batter into the rings, filling 2/3 full. The batter will rise to the top during cooking. Cook the crumpets for 10 minutes on one side, or until they are nicely browned underneath and have lost their dull shine on top. Turn the crumpets and continue to cook until the bottoms are browned.

When cooked, remove the crumpets and allow to cool on a wire rack.


Suggestion: While crumpets cool, make your tea (or coffee) and grab the paper. Top your crumpet with butter, honey, jam, whatever you fancy. Sit back, relax, and revel in your sophistication!


*Note: Crumpets can be stored over night in a paper bag, or frozen, well wrapped, for up to 3 months. Thaw before toasting. I got a little carried away on the jam...
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8 comments:

  1. When I was little, I often wondered what a crumpet was! Even now, I've only had them once or twice. Yours look delicious. Val has so many lovely recipes- thanks for sharing this one!

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  2. Yes I must say that crumpets are an obsession of mine. My parents, being from Northern England, call them pikelets. These from Rose are the closest I have come. If the batter is too thick you can add water a little at a time without affecting the texture. So glad you enjoyed them Elizabeth.

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  3. Yummy! They look so good. I remember eating those with my grandfather.

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  4. lovely post! Crumpets and tea - that's one combo I've never tried. Unfortunately I don't think I have all the tools I need to make those myself, but I certainly enjoyed following along on your baking adventures. Great photos, especially the one with the healthy shmear of jam : )

    Hope I get to see you again soon : )
    -Dana

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  5. These look even better than the ones they have here in the stores! Nice work. :) I like your new background, by the way.

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  6. I have never had crumpets lol

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  7. I have been reading your ENTIRE blog - LOVE IT! Such wonderful recipes and pictures!

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  8. I must make these! I love crumpets!...with jam and butter. :)

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