Alright, alright. I know I am dreadfully behind and now I have two posts in one day. I really need to work on this. I guess I should start putting this blog ahead of my relaxation time. Yea, that's not going to happen. Well, in honor of His and Her Royal Highnesses (is that right?), I made crumpets last week and brought them into work on Friday morning. I should have just stayed up and watched the wedding live after I finished the crumpets but I did have to work so I filled up my DVR with all of the wedding craziness. I absolutely love that they televised it. I kind of understand how some people don't get all the hype because I don't know if I really get it either but I just absolutely love watching weddings. Kate's dress was absolutely gorgeous and Will looked handsome. I would have very mixed feelings about going through something like that. On one hand, I would be completely nervous that I would mess up with all those people watching and I would try to just speed down the aisle because I wouldn't want all those people staring at me. But then again, I have also always wondered what it would be like to be famous and have that many people be interested in my wedding. Imagine, the Queen fighting for a ticket to my wedding. Hah! As my mom says, I still have a chance with Harry. Apparently his girlfriend doesn't like the idea of all that attention. I'm guessing that will change once a ring is in the picture but who knows, she seems nice enough and able to fit in there.
Back to baking...I thought it would be so much more difficult to make crumpets than it was. It was a mix between making bread and pancakes. I was a little worried since I decided to make the crumpets Thursday afternoon and saw on different websites that I needed "crumpet rings". Luckily enough, a couple weeks ago I bought a set of maybe 10 multi-sized round cookie cutters. These worked perfectly as you can see in the picture below.
All I had to do was mix some yeast with water and milk and butter, then beat it with some flour, let it sit and rise, then beat it again. After that, I just filled the cookie cutters with batter. When the bubbles popped, I removed the cutters and flipped the crumpets. I think they looked great. You can judge for yourself. I then added raspberry preserves on top and they tasted amazing. Another item I had never had before and another item I will be making again in the future.
Until next time, happy baking!
Recipe from GroupRecipes.com
How to make it
- Grease inside of 6 crumpets rings.
- In a bowl or jug, with a spout, mix together water, milk & sugar.
- Heat in microwave to scald milk & then cool to lukewarm
- Sprinkle the yeast over the lukewarm liquid & let sit for about 5 mins until yeast has softened. Stir
- Add to yeast mixture the beaten egg, salt & melted butter. Mix well
- Add flour & beat until no lumps remain
- Cover container with plastic wrap & leave in a warm place & let rise until batter has doubled, 35 - 40 mins
- Beat down lightly & let batter rest for about 5 mins
- Heat electric griddle to about 365 degrees & brush with melted shortening
- Place rings on griddle & heat well
- Fill the rings at least 1/2 full with batter, dividing the batter between the 6 rings
- Cook until bubbles form on the tops & start to pop & the bottoms are golden
- The crumpets will pull away from the sides of the rings slighty
- Using tongs, lift the rings off the crumpets & flip them over
- Cook for about 2 mins until lighly golden
- NOTE:- I like to use a container with a spout to ease pouring
- You can cook the crumpets on an electric griddle or in a heavy skillet on top of the stove. Just make sure your skillet is completely flat or the batter will run out under the edge of the ring.
- If you don't have crumpet rings, save tuna cans, shrimp cans etc & cut off the tops & bottoms. They make perfect rings