English Crumpets with Maple Pecan Butter




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You heard it here first.  The crumpet might just be the new ‘it’ food.  These light tender English Crumpets are the cousins of the English muffin.  Except you don’t slit them open, you toast them whole   and then top them with lashings of butter, honey, jam, clotted cream, lemon curd, Nutella, peanut butter, whatever strikes your fancy.  Crumpet McMuffin?  Go for it.

It took me a while to get around to making crumpets, I think because I’ve had the ready made kind before and wasn’t overly impressed.   These homemade ones are so much better.

English Crumpet recipe

Especially with this butter, it makes these crumpets really special.  I made it with a couple of handful of pecans, and lots of pure maple syrup.  I did it in my mini food processor which makes it easy to incorporate the syrup into the butter and get a nice fluffy texture.  This butter would be incredible on pancakes, muffins, and biscuits, too— even on sweet potatoes.  The secret is not being stingy with the pecans and maple syrup.

These make a nice change from English Muffins. They look similar, but the flavor and texture is very different.

The only special equipment you will need are rings to cook your crumpets in.  You can buy rings specially made for the purpose, or just take the top and bottom off a regular can, like a tuna can.  I like the cans best because they are a little taller so you have something to grab on to when you want to remove them.  Just look for cans that are about 3 1/2 to 4 inches in diameter, and make sure that the side that will be on the griddle is completely smooth so you can slip it off the crumpet after it’s cooked.

This recipe makes a manageable half dozen crumpets.  I love it because you will almost certainly have all the ingredients around the kitchen, especially if you buy your yeast in a jar.  I started doing that and I’m so happy because I never run out anymore.   The whole process only takes a little over an hour.

English Crumpets with Maple Pecan Butter
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Yield: makes 6

Ingredients

    the crumpets
  • 1 cup (5 oz) bread flour
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp (3 oz) all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp dry yeast
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
    maple pecan butter
  • 1/2 cup, 1 stick, unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Mix the flours, baking powder and salt together in a mixing bowl.
  2. Heat the milk and water to lukewarm, about 105--110F, and mix in the yeast and sugar. Let sit for about 15 minutes in a warm place until foamy.
  3. Pour the yeast mixture into the flour and stir the batter until it is smooth. You are going for a batter the consistency of a very thick pancake batter (but because of the bread flour it will be more elastic than a pancake batter.) Add a bit more warm water if necessary.
  4. Cover the bowl and set in a warm place to rise, about 45 minutes. The batter will be expanded and bubbly.
  5. Heat a griddle over low to medium heat until hot. Spray or grease the inside of your crumpet rings. Place the greased crumpet ring on the griddle and spoon about 1/4 cup of batter into the ring. Gently nudge the dough to the edges of the ring, if necessary. Cook for about 5 minutes on one side. You will see bubbles rise to the surface. Lift off the ring and flip the crumpet. Cook for another minute.
  6. To make the butter, put the nuts in the bowl of a mini food processor and pulse until they are finely chopped.
  7. Add in the butter and the maple syrup and process until the butter is fluffy and the syrup is completely incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl if necessary.

If you don’t eat the crumpets right away, toast them before serving.  And don’t forget that butter!

 

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    Noelle Perry-Earle
    December 7, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    You know I have enough cookware to nearly set up my own shop but alas, no griddle. Could a well greased cast iron pan be a decent substitute Sue? On the up-side I do own a set of crumpet rings and now seems the time to christian them.

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    Sandra
    July 19, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Hi I made but the mixture of milk, water and yest didn’t foam, you leave to set with a lid o without it

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 20, 2014 at 7:46 am

      I don’t cover the mixture, Sandra. Are you sure your yeast was fresh, and the temperature of the liquid was right?

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    thyme (sarah)
    October 9, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Sue! I love the new look of your blog. It’s so soft and beautiful.

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 9, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      Thanks Sarah!

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    Susan Lester
    June 27, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Oh my – these look amazing! I grew up with Brits and have yet to find a decent crumpet in the States. I’m looking forward to trying your recipe.

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    shannon weber
    March 4, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    crumpets! i’ve said it before, but you’re a girl after my own heart, Sue. :) that’s a great tip about using the leftover tuna cans for rings! I’m so doing that (and you’ve given me a little motivation to make tuna salad from all the cans sitting in my pantry). :) win/win.

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    Abbe Odenwalder
    March 2, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Can’t wait to give them a try. I’ve made the maple butter before for Thanksgiving where I added pepper and used it for sweet potatoes. It is very good!

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    belleau kitchen
    March 1, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    nice work!… I love a good bit of crumpet and that maple butter is a first for me so im going to give it a go… I’e made crumpets just the once, a long while ago so I must now give these a go… beautiful pics as ever!

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      Sue/the view from great island
      March 1, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      Thanks, I know there are lots of little variations in recipes, I’d be interested to see how you make them, Dom.

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    March 1, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    I love that they sound like no-knead. A wet dough that doesn’t need it (thank goodness) – my English muffin recipe is the same. Such a nice bonus.

    AND that butter. Now That’s!! a nice bonus :)

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    Eva Kosmas
    March 2, 2013 at 12:55 am

    These sound great! I love English crumpets, so crisp on the outside and warm and fluffy on the inside. There’s really nothing quite like a fresh one :)

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    Krithi Karthi
    March 1, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    These cute little crumpets have been in my to-do list for a while.. Nice pics.

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    Mary Younkin
    March 1, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    We love maple butter over here, but I’ve never added pecans to it. That’s an excellent idea! These crumpets sound delicious, I’ll take mine with a cup of tea as well.

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    Tricia Buice
    March 1, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    How about a spot of tea with a crumpet slathered with that incredible maple pecan butter? What a way to go! I’m in :)

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    hobby baker
    March 1, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Oh delicious! And that pecan butter is perfectly giftable, so tempting!

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