What is a Crumpet?
Unless you live in the United Kingdom or have traveled to that part of the world, you likely haven’t encountered a crumpet. Most of my friends and family knew that crumpets were served with tea, but had never stopped to ask, “What is a crumpet?”
A crumpet is a type of bread most closely related to the English muffin. Crumpets taste very similar to English muffins and even look like them. The difference is that crumpets are a bit lighter than English muffins. While they have a crust on the outside, their interiors are airy, spongy, and yeasty – and you don’t cut them open.
How to Serve Crumpets
To serve crumpets, toast them and then top with your favorite savory or sweet topping. Here are some of my favorites:
- Lyle’s golden syrup (shown in the photo). If you’ve never had golden syrup, you are missing out – big time. Read my post on Shoofly Pie Bars where I explain the difference between golden syrup, molasses, and blackstrap molasses.
- Clotted cream and jam. If you are ambitions, you can make homemade clotted cream and homemade jam.
- Honey and butter.
I made four different crumpet recipes before writing this post. In the end, I found a recipe that I really liked. However, crumpet purists may object to the fact that my crumpets don’t have enough holes – traditional crumpets are quite holey. None of the recipes that I tried produced crumpets with as many holes as the store-bought variety. For a holier crumpet, I would suggest adding slightly more milk (maybe upping the milk quantity to 2 3/4 cups). If you try this recipe, please share in the comments how much milk you added and if you were happy with the holes.
Before getting started with crumpet making, you’ll need crumpet rings. These are the circles that you see in the photo above that the crumpets cook in. They may be sold as crumpet rings, but in the US, you are more likely to see them sold as English muffin rings (they are the same thing). If you don’t want to buy crumpet rings, you can also use tuna (or similar shaped) cans with the tops and bottoms removed or circular cookie cutters.
The crumpet recipe that I am sharing below is from Helen of Food Stories. Although I have barely changed the recipe, I have written the recipe steps in my own words with my own tips.
We recently played a game of Cupcake Roulette on the Cupcake Project Facebook page. Kaitlin from Kay-Kery won, and I was tasked with making a cupcake inspired by something on that site. When I saw the crumpet recipe, I knew immediately that I would be making crumpets. The crumpet cupcake is coming soon!
How to Make English Muffins
If all of this crumpet talk inspires you to make English Muffins, you might want to check out Kristin’s post over at Dine and Dish on how to make English Muffins.