These are savoury/sweet breakfast bread in United Kingdom.These are like stove top bread or cousins of pancakes but made with yeast.These are flattened round breads cooked on a stove top and are soft and spongy.Generally associated with the English culture, these should not be confused with the English Muffins.Both though look almost same are definitely different.I found a hearty crumpet recipe at Vegeyum,halved it and tried and tasted it heartily.
All Purpose Flour:1 cup sifted thoroughly
Baking Powder: 3/4 tsp
Salt: 1/2 tsp
Sugar: 1/2 tsp
Active Dry Yeast: 1/4 of the sachet -2.5g or almost 1/2 tsp
Warm water :14 tbsp +/-
Sift together flour,baking powder,salt and sugar into a big bowl.In a small bowl,mix together yeast and warm water.
Make a well in the centre of the flour mix and add in the yeast mix.With a whisk or beater,beat the ingredients well until they are combined and smooth.You can add more water if the batter is too thick.You should obtain a thick yet pourable batter.I had to add another 3-4 tbsp of water to obtain a pourable batter.
Keep the batter in a warm place until it doubles in volume say 5-10 minutes and small bubbles appear on its surface.
Heat a skillet/tawa/pancake pan ,greasing it lightly.Also grease egg rings/steel rings or any ring shape cutter which can work in heat.You can even cut out suitable rounds from the pineapple cans.I had some steel rings lying with me which were meant as vessel holders :D, but I used them for this purpose.
Fill the rings 2/3rds with the batter.Cook for around 8-10 minutes till the bottom starts browning and holes appear in the top.It looks like...
Once the bottom is browned remove the ring and continue to cook till the top is almost completely set.Flip over to the other side and cook for 1-2 minutes more. Serve warm with butter or if cold toast them in the pan and top with butter or clotted cream or any other spread like nutella.
These are soft and spongy and better when warm.Do checkout the original recipe here as I made changes to the amount of baking powder and yeast and mine does not look as good as VegeYum's.
Warm crumpets are off to T&T:A LifeTime of Cooking ,an event by Zlamushka and currently hosted by Yasmeen of HealthNut. Thanks to the event I came to know about the delicious blog.