Best Authentic English Crumpets

Crispy, chewy and delicately spongy in texture with a delicious depth of yeasty flavor, you simply can’t beat this authentic homemade crumpets recipe!

English Crumpets
English Crumpets

Traditional Crumpets Recipe

When I moved to England where I lived for 7 years, there were a number of quintessential British dishes I was eager to try. Crumpets was one of them. We had no sooner settled into our hotel room than we went grocery shopping at the local Tesco and I picked up a package of them for the following morning. We popped the them in the toaster, slathered them with butter and jam and took our first bite of English crumpets.

Excessively spongy in texture and bland in flavor, I wondered why, of all things, crumpets had earned such a prominent place on the British table.

I swiftly wrote crumpets off as “tried them once and once was enough.” That is, until I ate some homemade crumpets at a friend’s house. My opinion of the famous crumpet made a 180 degree turn!

Simultaneously crispy, chewy and delicately spongy in texture with a wonderful depth of yeasty flavor, I can promise you – homemade crumpets are everything they’re chalked up to be! Continue below to our crumpets recipe learn how to make the BEST homemade ones ever!

What Are Crumpets?

Crumpets are English griddle cakes made from flour, milk/water and yeast and are traditionally eaten for breakfast or with afternoon tea. They’re soft and somewhat spongy in texture and their crowning feature are the dozens of tiny holes that dot the surface, allowing whatever you spread on them to soak down into them, making each and every bite an unforgettable one.

What Is the Difference Between a Crumpet and an English Muffin?
Crumpets and English muffins are sometimes confused and while it’s true that they’re both cooked on a griddle, they are distinctly different. English muffins are more like bread rolls; they’re doughy, heavier and bread-like. English muffins are also cut in a half for serving.

Crumpets are lighter and spongier in texture both as a result of different ingredients/ratios as well as technique and the dual rising method that gives them a different texture, consistency and appearance (specifically the dozens of tiny holes that dot the top surface).

Unlike English muffins, crumpets are not split in half for serving. Instead the butter, honey, jam, etc and spread right on top of the toasted crumpet.

Where Did Crumpets Originate?

If the Union Jack above isn’t a dead giveaway, crumpets originated in United Kingdom.

One of the earliest mentions of “crumpet” came from the English Bible translator, John Wycliffe, who referred to them as “the crompid cake.” The name is thought to have Celtic origins referring to a “thin, flat cake” (i.e., Breton: krampouezhl; Cornish: krampoeth; or Welsh: crempog or crempot, a type of pancake).

The Evolution of the Crumpet

The crumpet has evolved over time. Centuries ago they were made without yeast and were flatter and harder, more like pancakes (what is also a Welsh variation, bara piglydd, known as pikelets, likewise enjoyed throughout Australia and New Zealand). During the Victorian era the yeast was introduced and crumpets have never been the same since – for the better.

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How Long Should I Let the Crumpet Batter Rest?

Different recipes recommend different times. The batter is ready after sitting for 30 minutes (crumpets in above pics were made after 30 min) but I have found that letting it rest a bit longer will give you an even higher rise and a lighter texture. In the pic below I let the batter sit for an additional 20 minutes. See the side-by-side pic for a comparison of height.

Try both and see which you prefer. Both are excellent but I slightly prefer the higher rise.

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Do I Need Crumpet Rings to Make Crumpets?
Yes. Crumpet batter is very loose and runny and the crumpets rings are what will shape and hold the batter while the crumpets are cooking.

I use Norpro’s English Muffin/Crumpet Rings. They do the job perfectly.

Can Crumpets Be Frozen?

Yes, crumpets freeze well. Let them cool completely and freeze them in a ziplock bag or airtight container for up to two months. To eat them let them thaw and then toast them.

How To Make Crumpets

Once you’ve tried homemade crumpets you’ll fall in love forever! Check out our step-by-step pictured instructions below and the crumpets recipe video in the recipe box for instructions on how to make homemade crumpets!

Let’s get started!

Stir the sugar and yeast into the warm milk and let it rest for 10 minutes until frothy.

In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer combine the flour and salt.

Add the liquid to the flour mixture and stir/knead until a thick dough forms. If using a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment and beat the mixture for about 3 minutes until a thick dough forms.

Cover the bowl loosely with plastic wrap and set it in a warm place to rise for at least an hour or up to two (it should nearly double in size). This stage is important for the formation of the bubbles that will later form the classic holes in the crumpets.

Dissolve the baking soda in the warm water and add it to the dough. In addition to the previous proving phase, the baking soda is also what helps aerate the crumpets to give them their classic pores. Those pores allow the butter later on to soak beautifully into the crumpet and gives them their famous sponge-like texture.

If using a stand mixer, beat the batter for a minute or two. Or use an electric mixer to beat the batter. If some small lumps remain that’s okay. Any remaining lumps will dissolve during the next resting stage.

Cover the batter and let it rest in a warm place for at least 30 minutes (see note below comparing the rise of the crumpets depending on how long the batter sits).

After 30 minutes the batter should be nice and bubbly. When you stir it, it will bubble and froth nicely.

Time to prepare the crumpet rings.

Oil the inside rims of the crumpet rings. Lightly oil the frying pan. You can use a regular skillet or a cast iron pan (my preference for even heating). I’m using my Lodge 12″ Cast Iron Pan.

Heat the pan and rings over medium-high heat.

Once the rings are hot, pour the batter into each ring until it’s slightly more than half full.

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Cooking time will vary depending on your stovetop and frying pan but these will cook for approx 8-10 minutes (the time will vary according to the kind of cooktop and cookware you’re using. Just be sure to keep an eye on them to ensure they don’t burn on the bottom. Lower the temp as needed to finish off the cooking).

The batter will begin to rise and bubble on top.

After several minutes when the tops are cooked and the classic pores/holes are present with the bottoms lightly browned, your crumpets are done and you can remove the rings.

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Traditionally crumpets are only cooked on one side only, not flipped over, and then toasted later. However, if you’re going to eat the crumpets immediately, I prefer to remove the rings and flip the crumpets over to cook an extra minute or two on the top side for a nice golden color and added layer of crispiness. If you flip them be careful not to move them so you don’t smear any uncooked batter and thereby cover over the pores.

If you’re keeping them for later or plan on freezing them, you have the option to flip or not flip – either way you’ll want to toast them to reheat them.

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Your gorgeous, delicious homemade crumpets are ready to eat!

Do I Need To Toast Crumpets?

Store-bought crumpets are always toasted before eating them because they’ve become soft from sitting in the packaging. However homemade crumpets straight out of the frying pan will be wonderfully crispy on the outside so there is no need to toast them. If you’re not serving them immediately toast them just before serving.

Serve the crumpets warm slathered with butter, jam, golden syrup, honey or topping of your choice.

Crumpets can also be frozen, thawed and toasted.

Note: Crumpets are eaten whole/open-faced and are not cut in half horizontally.

Enjoy!

Authentic English Crumpets Recipe

This recipe for authentic English crumpets yields and amazing texture and fabulous flavor! Delightfully crispy, chewy, and delicately spongy, you’re going to fall in love with these homemade crumpets!

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Course: Appetizer, bread, Breakfast, Side DishCuisine: British, englishServings: 10 crumpetsCalories: 108kcal

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour (can substitute half bread flour)
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup warm milk
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 teaspoon cane sugar
1 cup warm water
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions

  1. Stir the sugar and yeast into the warm milk and let it rest for 10 minutes until frothy. In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer combine the flour and salt.
  2. Add the liquid to the flour mixture and stir/knead until a thick dough forms. If using a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment and beat the mixture for about 3 minutes until a thick dough forms. Cover the bowl loosely with plastic wrap and set it in a warm place for at least an hour or up to two to let the dough rise (it should nearly double in size). This stage is important for the formation of the bubbles that will later form the classic holes in the crumpets.
  3. Dissolve the baking soda in the warm water and add it to the dough. If using a stand mixer, beat the batter for a minute or two. Or use an electric mixer to beat the batter. If some small lumps remain that’s okay. Any remaining lumps will dissolve during the next resting stage.
  4. Cover the batter and let it rest in a warm place for at least 30 minutes (see note below). After 30 minutes the batter should be nice and bubbly.
  5. Prepare the crumpet rings by greasing the inside of each rim. (I use and like Norpro’s English Muffin/Crumpet Rings.) Lightly oil the frying pan. You can use a regular skillet or a cast iron pan (my preference for even heating). I use my Lodge 12″ Cast Iron Pan.
  6. Place the rings in the frying pan over medium-high heat.
  7. Once the rings are hot, pour the batter into each ring until it’s slightly more than half full. Cooking time will vary depending on your stovetop and frying pan but these will cook for approx. 10 minutes (**the time will vary according to the kind of cooktop and cookware you’re using and may take longer. Just be sure to keep an eye on them to ensure they don’t burn on the bottom. Lower the temp as needed to finish off the cooking). Turn the heat down as needed to prevent burning. The batter will begin to rise and bubble on top. After several minutes when the tops are cooked and the classic pores/holes are present with the bottoms lightly browned, your crumpets are done. Note: You can either remove the rings and flip the crumpets over to cook the other side for another minute or two until golden or remove them from the rings and toast the crumpets. (See blog post for more info on this.)
  8. Serve the crumpets immediately slathered with butter, jam, golden syrup or honey. To reheat later toast them in the toaster. Can also be frozen, thaw first before toasting. (Crumpets are eaten whole/open-faced and are not sliced in half horizontally.)

NOTE: Regarding how long to let the batter sit before using: It’s ready after 30 minutes but letting it rest a bit longer will give you an even higher rise and a lighter texture (see blog post for side-by-side comparison pics). And more bubbles means more of those classic holes in your crumpets. Try both and see which you prefer. Both are excellent.
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Serving: 1crumpet | Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 298mg | Potassium: 62mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1.2mg

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