I was thrilled to open the latest issue of delicious magazine to see my old colleague Luke Mutton smiling up at me from within its pages. Luke and his gorgeous wife Kylie opened their cafe Dead Man Espresso last year and have been the talk of the town ever since. Congrats you guys and keep up the good work!
The article included a recipe for crumpets and strawberry and rosella jam so what better way to catch up on my Cookbook Challenge-ing than by making them? I didn't do the jam but I did take a certain pride in being able to say I made crumpets and tack "from scratch" on the end of it!
The method is very easy but I had to wait a little longer than an hour for the batter to double because it's been really cold lately and my kitchen was pretty icy. I ended up putting the bowl next to the oven so it could warm up a bit and let the yeast do its thing.
The batter is very thick and it kind of snaps when you spoon it into the egg rings. I realised after cooking two rounds that once you flip the crumpets you can get the rings off and cook two lots of crumpets at time. You'd be at the stove for about a year otherwise!
Make sure you grease the rings too and be very careful when flipping and taking them off because they are HOT.
Ingredients - makes 18
3 cups plain flour, sifted
7gm sachet dry active yeast
250ml hot water
Melted unsalted butter
In a very large bowl mix the yeast and flour together. Mix the milk in a jug with the water and then pour into the bowl in a steady stream, mixing well to combine all the ingredients. Cover the bowl with a damp tea towel or cloth and stand in a warm, draft-free place for about an hour or until the batter doubles in size.
In a non-stick pan brush on some melted butter, put your greased egg rings into the pan on a medium heat and then spoon two tablespoons of batter into each ring. Cook for 6-7 minutes on each side until they are golden and cooked through.
To serve cut the crumpets in half (this is where the holes live) and toast. Smother in lashings of butter and jam and eat immediately.
The crumpets can be wrapped in foil and frozen.