Ever since my latest trip to Brighton I have been thinking about making crumpets. You can't really buy them in Berlin (or at least I haven't seen any yet, if you do let me know!) so I thought there must be an easy way to make them from scratch.
So I went out recipe-hunting and found some pretty standard ones, such as this. As you might figure I changed some bits and bobs here and there. I like to use a lot of different nut-milks in my recipes, as I find them much gentler on my tummy, plus you get extra nutrients and flavors. So if you swap regular milk with a nut-milk option of your choice it's very easy to vegan-ise your crumpets.
Makes about 10 - 12 crumpets
- 350 g spelt flour
- 2 packages instant yeast (7g each)
- 1 tsp sugar
- 350 ml coconut-almond milk (or any other nut milk in case you want the vegan version)
- 150 ml warm water
- 1/2 tsp baking powder (or bicarbonate of soda if you can get a hold of it - not easy in Germany)
- 1 tsp salt
- coconut oil for baking
1. Combine the flour with the yeast and set aside.
2. Heat the milk until it's lukewarm, dissolve the sugar in it.
3. Add the milk to the flour and beat it with a wooden spatula for at least 3 or 4 minutes (good exercise, phew...).
4. Cover with a cloth and let it rest for at least 20 minutes (not longer than 60 minutes).
5. Combine the salt and baking powder with the warm water and add to the batter. Mix until everything is well combined. Cover and let it rest for another 20 minutes.
6. Heat up a griddle pan on the stove, brush with some coconut oil.
7. Now if you have crumpets rings all the better. But don't freak if you don't, I just used heart-shaped christmas cutters :-) grease them generously and place them in the hot pan.
8. With a ladel spoon some batter into your prepared cutters.
9. Fry the crumpets for 5 minutes (it should be solid by now), flip them and fry another 3 minutes on medium heat. If you are using cutters like me, you might have to take the crumpet out of the cutter, after it's been fried on one side. Generally cutters are a little taller, so if you flip the crumpet it might not touch your pan - and, well, that's not the point ;-)
Thank you to my dear friend from Kilda Nordic Interior for providing these beautiful coffee mugs and decorations. LOVE them!