Catching a Break: Tea and Crumpets

The whole idea of afternoon tea is to slow down. What goes better with a nice hot cuppa than good old fashioned crumpets? Easy to make and very, very yummy -- a cross between a pancake and an English muffin.

A pat of butter and a spoonful of sugar-free jam make for a healthier way to recharge those midday batteries than a chocolate bar. And you can make a batch then freeze them for convenience -- just pop them in your toaster until they are warm and crispy.

1/2 cup warm water (105° - 115°)
2 teaspoons honey
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour or bread flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups warmed milk (warm not hot)

In a large bowl, stir the honey into the warm water. Sprinkle the active dry yeast over the top and let it sit until it bubbles, about 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and let it sit for about half an hour in a warm place. Lightly grease a griddle or frying pan and the crumpet rings (I use two egg rings). Place the rings onto the griddle and preheat.

Pour about 3 tablespoons of batter into each ring and cook over medium low heat until set, about 10 minutes. (Avoid cooking them too quickly.) The top should be full of holes when they are ready to turn. Remove the crumpets from the rings, turn, and brown the other side, if desired, for a minute or so. Repeat until all the batter is used. Serve warm with butter and jam. Freeze uneaten crumpets for another afternoon. Makes 10-12 crumpets.


  1. Something I've never made; you're inspiring me! of course, I'll need an egg or crumpet ring or two........
    Thanks, Deb!

  2. great idea. and freezing them is a great idea also. last night we had no bread, and it would have been nice to pull a coule of those out of the freezer to serve with the night before, leftover soup.

    i do have some egg rings, so this will be an easy on to try.

    afternoon cuppa/ tea is a nice way to slow down. regroup, check to see if there is something you need to take care of before the end of the day.


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