Crumpets

Crumpets
Serves:
Makes 18
Energy (Kcal):
63 Kcals p/s

Introduction

A typically English recipe and sometimes called pikelets in Northern England, though real pikelets are thinner and irregular in shape. Crumpets have a distinctive honeycomb texture, caused by the action of the yeast and the raising agent and the sudden heat from the griddle or pan on which they are cooked. These can be served with jam, cream cheese or cooked breakfast and should be toasted first.

How to make it

To make the batter: stir the yeast and sugar into the water. Leave to stand for 5 mins. Mix in half the flour and beat well. Set aside in a warm place until light and frothy – about 30 mins. Gradually stir in the remaining ingredients, beating until smooth. Add more milk if necessary to make a pouring batter. Warm a griddle or large frying pan and lightly grease it with a little oil, rub any excess off with kitchen paper. Grease crumpet rings (or plain metal cutters 7.5cm in diameter). Test the griddle is ready for use, when small drops of water are dropped on the griddle they will bounce off, or it may be judged by holding the hand near the griddle, the heat should be comfortable but not fierce. Place the greased rings on the griddle and pour 2 tbsp of the batter into each ring. Cook until set and holes have burst on top. Remove the rings and turn the crumpets over to lightly brown the other side. Cool on a wire rack and toast to serve. Cook’s Note Not suitable for making in a bread machine. The term hand – hot means that the liquid will feel warm when a finger is dipped into it but not uncomfortable. It is not advisable to scrub a griddle to clean it but the surface can be cleaned by rubbing it over with fine table salt (not if it has a non- stick coating). Make crumpet rings by saving small tins from baked beans and removing both ends and the label – wash thoroughly and use as above. Can be frozen for up to 2 months. PER SERVING 63 Kcals, fat 0.4g, saturated fat 0.1g, salt 0.5g. carbohydrate 13.3g, sugar 0.9g, fibre 0.5g

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