Who doesn’t love crumpets for breakfast – and these home made crumpets are just next level! This English comfort food, topped with lashings of butter, is the bees’ knees. It’s really the bees’ knees when it’s also topped with beautiful raw honey.
You can read more about the wonderfulness of crumpets below the recipe. But this is a recipe page, so it comes first. Or check out my gorgeous recipe for home made English muffins. Yum!
Home made crumpets explored
Why home made crumpets? Well, for starters the preservatives in supermarket ones are to be avoided and artisan crumpets cost a small fortune. Plus, they’re easier than you think.
In fact, if you’ve ever made pikelets, you’ll be able to make these. Pikelets are similar in that they have baking powder and get a bit fluffy and bubbly. There are two main differences though – yeast and the crumpet rings.
Are home made crumpets different?
Home made crumpets cooking on the stovetop are quite mesmerising to watch.
When you tip the batter into the rings, they should sizzle, which seals the bottom straight away.
It’s then a matter of letting the bubbles rise and pop and for the tops to set as much as you have the patience for.
When set, the rings are removed and they can be finished by flipping for a few seconds to cook.
In my experience, when done right, home made crumpets are softer than the supermarket variety. Their texture, while still beautifully bubbly, will be less rubbery. Recipe Tin Nagi says the longer the batter sits (up to overnight), the more commercial the texture. I’ve yet to try that.
I’m a true Aussie and love home made crumpets with Vegemite. Yes folks, I confess. I’m a Vegemite kid.
But I’m also enjoying these with gorgeous Tasmanian leatherwood honey.
There are some wonderful honey producers in Tasmania. Right now though, my crumpets are being topped with honey from north west Tasmanian producer, Winskills Bees.
I was very lucky and they sent me some of their honey to try and it’s gorgeous. I’d recommend this to anyone who loves this unique flavour of Tasmania.
Home made crumpets recipe credits
I’ve made several crumpet recipe over the years. The first time I made them, I undercooked them and didn’t toast them. Ugh. That was a long time ago.
Nagi credits the recipe to the UK’s biggest crumpet manufacturer, Warburtons. Responding to the huge amount of crumpet recipe searches during lockdown, Warburtons released the recipe. To quote Warburtons, it was to help Brits become crumpet connoisseur[s] and the Crumb De La Crumb of lock-down baking.
Well, the rest of the world also benefits from that little share.