English crumpets



25 min


2 hrs 40 min



English crumpets

Photo, Sian Richards.

These traditional hotcakes, with tons of nooks and crannies, are just perfect for slathering with butter. Put the kettle on and serve them with afternoon tea.


  • 1 1/2 cups warm milk , (about 400 g) at about 110F
  • 5 tsp active dry yeast , (16 g)
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar , (4 g)
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour , (350 g)
  • 3/4 cup warm water , (185 g) at about 110F
  • 1/2 tsp salt , (2 g)
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda , (1 g)
  • 1/4 cup butter , melted (50 g), divided


  • COMBINE milk with yeast and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Let stand 5 min. Add flour. Beat on medium-low until dough is incorporated. Increase speed to medium and beat until smooth, scraping down sides if needed, 3 min. (This step makes the holes in crumpets stable.) Cover bowl with a damp kitchen towel and let rest until tripled in size, about 45 min.
  • STIR warm water with salt and baking soda. Add to dough and beat on medium-low until combined. Increase speed to medium and beat until smooth, scraping down sides if needed, 1 to 2 min. Cover with same towel and let stand, 1 hour.
  • BRUSH 6 3/-in. Mason jar rings with 2 tsp melted butter. Brush an extra-large non-stick frying pan with 1 tsp melted butter, then heat over medium-low. Arrange rings in pan, top-side down, 3 at a time. Fill each ring with 1//4 cup batter. Cook until bubbles form on top and edges have set, about 6 min. Flip ring, then continue cooking until crumpet is lightly golden, 30 sec to 1 min. Transfer to a rack. Let cool until rings can be handled, 5 min. Remove crumpets from rings. Repeat, wiping rings clean and brushing with butter each time.

Cooking Tip

No Mason jar rings? Make 4 large crumpets instead. Heat an 8-in. non-stick frying pan over medium. Brush with butter, then add 1 / cups batter. Cook until bubbles form on the top and edges have set, 4 to 5 min. Flip, then cook 2 more min. Repeat with remaining butter and batter.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 99,
  • Protein
  • 3 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 15 g,
  • Fat
  • 3 g,
  • Fibre
  • 1 g,
  • Sodium
  • 111 mg.
  • Good source of
  • Folate