Saturday, November 19, 2011

Crumpets

It's always reassuring to find there are other people out there with bigger problems than your own. Personally, if I felt a need to constrain my fried eggs with these 'egg rings' I would run screaming from my kitchen in search of the nearest therapist.


Using them to make your own crumpets, of course, is perfectly okay.


Ingredients
275ml milk
50ml water
7g instant yeast (1 sachet)
1tsp sugar
225g strong white flour

Method
  1. Mix the milk, water and sugar in a jug. Heat until it is warm but not too hot. (It should feel pleasantly warm when you hold your finger in it - 1 minute or so on the medium setting in a microwave should do the trick.)
  2. Add the yeast, mix well, and leave to stand for 15 minutes until it has formed a good foamy head.
  3. Measure the flour into a mixing bowl, add the liquid and whisk together to make a smooth batter.
  4. Place the bowl inside a plastic bag, and leave to stand for 45 minutes.
  5. If you are using egg rings, oil them lightly. Oil a heavy-bottomed frying pan, heat gently, and spoon about 1.5 tablespoons of batter into each ring. (It's best to have a glass of water next to the stove, and dip your spoon into it before spooning out the batter.)
  6. Cook on a low heat for about 4 minutes. Lift the rings off the crumpets (if they stick, just gently separate them fromLink the sides with a knife). Flip over and cook for a further minute.

Homemade vs. shop bought
I 'borrowed' this recipe from Delia Smith. She starts by saying "Although you can buy quite good crumpets, I do think they're fun to make." They're definitely fun to make (and very easy), but I can't say that I agree with her verdict on shop-bought crumpets. They are generally rubbery, and not a patch on the homemade version. My kids agree - they have always refused to eat the commercial version, but these ones disappeared immediately.


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