Damn! Well as if these crappy crumpets were not bad enough… The original recipe has disappeared! Sorry about that foodies.
Before I sign off for a while I wanted to share my homemade crumpet story. This probably looks like a success story, this cute heart-heart crumpet with homemade peach jam, I assure you, it is far from the truth!
You absolutely are not required to use a breadmaker for this BBC Food’s Homemade Crumpets Recipe but remember, I have a torn rotator cuff so I am taking all the help I can get. It is just flour, salt, sugar, yeast, milk and water. Could it get easier? Yeah, that is what I thought too. I selected the dough cycle and the batter doubled in size and looked perfect.
The recipe calls for greasing the crumpet rings. Well I did not have crumpet rings so I thought using cute cookie cutters would work. I should have dunked them in a vat of oil!!!
The recipe also called for using “very low heat” which in a way makes sense because these take 8-10 minutes to cook but to follow the recipe exactly meant that mine did not rise and absolutely did not want to leave its mold! They just kind of steamed and got bubbly, that is it. I got one heart-shaped crumpet out of the mold and then… I was done.
I made a bunch of pancakes instead. For those of you who have never had a crumpet, this is what they are supposed to look like. They are supposed to be covered in holes, rise up the ring walls and brown…
Well at least I got the holes right! They were pretty raw so I put them in my toaster (the old one before it died), added some butter and my summer jams:
Peach jam, strawberry-rhubarb breadmaker jam and wild Nova Scotia blueberry jam
Yes, a disaster but at least it is my favourite kind, they look all wrong but still taste fabulous!
Still, unlike a lot of things I have tried to make, next time I will buy crumpets at the store. Way too much of a pain to make at home and the store-bought ones taste pretty darn good. Not something I eat every day but a lovely treat now and then.
I think that is the last recipe I had hidden up my sleeve before my camera died. The good news is I bought a new camera yesterday and not what I was planning on getting. I got a Canon PowerShot SX120 IS (on sale!) which I will be testing out over the next few days and I HOPE it does well in my dark kitchen!!! My husband also bought me a Hamilton Beach Toaster for our anniversary, it was on sale for $30! Funny, it is as big as a toaster oven, LOL, but I really could not decide on a toaster oven right now and I needed a toaster ASAP. Next spring when summer approaches, I will be asking for your help on what toaster oven to get, the reviews were too confusing!
Fall is coming and soon I will be putting Stutz Cider through my test kitchen, sharing Halloween foodie ideas and moving towards autumn-inspired recipes. This is an exciting time for us foodies! It is cool enough to turn on our stoves and ovens again.
I can already smell the soups and stews brewing in my kitchen… bliss.
I love crumpets!! I had it for the first time last year. We have a crumpet shop here in Seattle next to Pikes Place Market. Their soooo good!! Yours look great nonetheless! 🙂
Sandy aka Doris the Great says
I buy crumpets all the time at the supermarket. Love them with butter and honey all oozie and gooey.
Anna C says
Susie, thanks for sharing your crumpet making experience with all its pitfalls. They still look delicious with your homemade jam.
Should I ever get around to making them I will let you know.
Thanks again for sharing,
This Guy says
Distaster? No way! They look amazing! Crumpets are one of my most favourite things! I love the way butter and jam settle into the little nooks and crannies… mmmmmm I will have to get the courage to try these!!
Making my own crumpets is not an idea that ever occurred to me, but now I admit I kind of want to try. My husband would be thrilled if I could actually manage it.
I have never had crumpets; they look wonderful. Tomorrow I am making your Maritime bread.
See you soon.
Take good care.
Penny Finzel says
Have you seen the ingredients in store bought Crumpets…You’ll never eat them again !
I shall carry on trying to make them at home…. Wish me luck !
Suzie the Foodie says
I believe it Penny! I hope you have better luck than I did because they are absolutely worth making yourself.