Crumpets Recipe

Crumpets are great fun, both to make and to eat. These traditional English treats are best enjoyed with a cup of tea (with milk - of course!) on a cold Autumn afternoon, topped with fresh butter and jam.

Crumpets Recipe

I’m guessing that Americans (and indeed, anybody who is not from the UK) might not know what these are. Put simply, they’re yeasted bread made into round circles, flat on the bottom with deep holes on top. It’s these holes that fill with butter as it melts, giving a delicious taste and texture.

It’s reasonably important to use a strong bread flour here, to enable the dough to rise sufficiently - mine were a little sunken, which thankfully doesn’t show in the photo. Also don’t worry about finding “Crumpet Rings” - a round biscuit cutter will do.

Crumpet Recipe - Ingredients

  • 450g Strong Bread Flour
  • 430ml Milk (must be room temperature - and full fat!)
  • 15g Fresh Yeast
  • 1 tsp Caster Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Extra Butter, for frying

Crumpets Recipe - Method

  1. Mix sugar, yeast and milk and stir. Leave for about 5 minutes until bubbling.
  2. Sift flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Form a “well” in the centre.
  3. Slowly pour in the milk while mixing (either with a whisk or mixer).
  4. Cover bowl with cling film (plastic wrap) and leave in a warm place for 1 hour.
  5. Grease inside of Crumpet Rings / Biscuit Cutters to prevent crumpets sticking. Heat butter in a frying pan until melted.
  6. Place rings onto frying pan until hot, then pour in the batter mixture, to a depth of around 1cm.
  7. Cook for around 5 minutes, until top is full of deep holes and appears dry, then remove ring, flip the crumpets, and leave for a further 2 minutes.

And to serve…

Eat while hot; top with fresh butter and enjoy as is, or cover with jam and enjoy with a pot of English afternoon tea. Enjoy!

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22 Responses to “Crumpets Recipe”

  1. Bonnie Says:

    oh! How funny! I was so going to make these this weekend! Must be crumpet season. These look devine!

  2. Andrew Says:

    Can’t recall ever making crumpets; I shall have to give it a go.

  3. sher Says:

    I remember seeing Julia Child make these years ago. I love crumpets so much and yours look FABULOUS!

  4. tea Says:

    We have crumpets here in Canada but I bet there not nearly as good as these ones! I`d like to try making some.
    Glad I found your site :)


  5. burekaboy Says:

    as tea says, they are common here in canada however moreso depending on the province in which you live. not such a surprise since we are a commonwealth country. whenever i make these — not often enough — i use a set of ring molds i made from empty tuna cans [cut out the top and bottoms leaving a ring]. they are the perfect size, reusable and cost nothing to make except for what you paid for the tuna.

  6. peabody Says:

    Makes me think of going to tea…..yummy. They look really nice, much better than the ones I had at my last tea.

  7. Kalyn Says:

    Quite fun. I never did know what they were before.

  8. Simonetta Says:

    Never ever made crumpets in my life. So I guess I must give it a go. Too late for this weekend, but I am having guests from Italy the next one. What best occasion! And by the way, tis is great pic too…

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  10. Bea at La Tartine Gourmande Says:

    Oh I love crumpets. My Irish husband made me discover those…yum, should try to make them!

  11. Mike Says:

    Saw your entry on the Bloghub forum.

    Not so sure I should have visited you though … those crumpets had me drooling, what a great photo. I just love them and haven’t had any for ages.


  12. scott Says:

    Bonnie: I think it’s something about the cold weather that makes these appealing right now.

    Andrew: They’re worth it. The recipe is easier then it sounds.

    sher: Thankyou very much! They actually sunk a little, but you can’t see it on the photo.

    tea: I’m glad you found the site too. I didn’t know they had crumpets in Canada.

    Burekaboy: Innovative idea with the tuna cans. I guess you have to wash them first ; )

    peabody: I love these with a nice cuppa. So very English.

    Kalyn: They’re worth trying - different from any other breads.

    Simonetta: Impressing Italians with something so English? I guess it could work.

    BOTDA: Thankyou very much! Your “badge” is currently in my sidebar.

    Bea at La Tartine Gourmande: Irish food is great, but I’ve only ever been once. I’ll have to go again!

    Mike: Thanks for the compliment(s)! The photo came out quite well considering my cheap and nasty camera.

  13. gerda Says:

    oh gosh, crumpets!

    they where my favorite breakfast when i lived in london!!! i was really sad that i had to leave them behind when i left because we don’t have those here in austria.

    and i always thought they where quite hard to reproduce at home … boy, i was wrong! thanks for sharing the reicpe, i am really excited and want to make some RIGHT NOW - this might be a london flashback!

    must … make … crumpets … must … make … crumpets …!!!

  14. rowena Says:

    I’ve heard of crumpets, but have yet to try my hand at making them. Gives me good reason to buy decent biscuit cutters instead of using the rim of drinking glasses!

  15. Brilynn Says:

    I’d enjoy some of these with homemade strawberry jam….

  16. sam Says:

    marmite. marmite!
    crumpets deserve nothing less thanmarmite.

    the crumpets you can get in the Bay area are a bit icky tasting. I think they are long life or something.
    i ahve always wanted to make my own but I dont have any crumpet rings.

    must get some

  17. Mae Says:

    We love crumpets!!! Oh my god, you have a recipe. Yey! Thanks for sharing.

    I love mine with just a slather of good butter [Jersey butter of course :)]

    Oh, i can’t wait to try these.

  18. scott Says:

    gerda: They’re typical of England, so I can understand why you miss them!

    rowena: Haha, I never thought of using glasses as biscuit cutters. I guess that they’d do the job.

    Brilynn: That would be just perfect…

    sam: I love marmite too, but have never tried it on Crumpets. I will though!

    Mae: I used to eat them plain with butter as a child with my mum. It’s one of my favorite memories.

  19. Jeanne Says:

    Mmmmm, crumpets. I have very happy memories of my mom making these for us as kids, timed to coincide with my dad’s arrival home from work on cold winter afternoons. I SLATHERED mine in butter and then added golden syrup. Messy bliss!

  20. Ned Says:

    Hello, looks yummy! I’m going to try them!

    Would you consider uploading that image to so that Wikipedia can have it on there main page? I think you would have to release the image into the public doimain.

    Oh, go-od, soo yummy! I’ve only ever had the premade “English Crumpets” which are sort of dry and look no where near as puffy

  21. Ned Says:

    ..I mean main crumpet page

  22. Gail Peacock Says:

    Would love to use this recipe - I am a transplanted Canadian living in Texas.
    I am unable to convert the measurements in the crumpet recipe to ours.

    It would be nice if you could bracket the measurements into cups etc.

    Thank you for giving me the chance to reply.

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