Crumpets Recipe

Crumpets are very similar to pancakes, but they are much smaller. I love the characteristic holes on top. Those holes are a result of the addition of extra baking soda to the yeast batter. Crumpets are perfect either savory or sweet, and just saying the name sets the perfect mood for a fancy tea party or Sunday brunch.

I hosted a dinner for vegetarians tonight, so I served the crumpets as appetizers. I placed a little dollop of crème fraîche and vegetarian quinoa caviar on top. It was so good.




Yields: 10

2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon dry active yeast
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1 cup whole milk
3/4 cup water, + 2 tablespoons for the yeast
1 tablespoon butter, melted, + extra for greasing the pan
1/2 teaspoon star anise extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon extract


In a bowl, combine the flour and baking soda. Sift all the dry ingredients.

Heat the water. Using a thermometer, the temperature should be between 105°F to 120°F.

In a little bowl, place the yeast, add a teaspoon of sugar then add 2 tablespoons of the warm water. Stir a little so the yeast gets dissolved and let it rest for 10-20 minutes.

Warm the milk as well. Set aside.

In two bowls, seperate the yolks from the egg whites. Reserve the egg white for later.

In one bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the remaining sugar using a hand mixer until it's thick and pale yellow. Add the cinnamon and the star anise extracts. Slowly add the dry ingredients one-third at a time, the yeast, the rest of the milk, warm water and butter. Do not overmix the batter. Let the batter stand for about 30-45 minutes.

Thoroughly wash the hand mixer blades. Add a pinch of salt to the egg whites then whisk them until soft peaks form. Add 1/3 of the egg white mixture into the egg yolk mixture then gently stir everything to soften the batter. Pour in the rest of the egg whites and gently fold the egg whites into the egg yolks to get an airy batter.

Transfer the batter to a pitcher. Brush a hot flat griddle pan with a little butter using a silicone brush. When the pan is hot, pour about 1 tablespoon of the batter and make 6 crumpets in the griddle pan. Lower the heat to medium-low. The crumpets should start bubbling after a few minutes.  Leave them alone. Cook for about 4-5 minutes.

When you see the edges start to dry and holes forming, take a spatula and flip the crumpet. The crumpets should cook for about 1-2 minutes until they are slightly golden.

Repeat the same procedure. Cook six crumpets at a time until the whole batter is used.



Sifting dry ingredients helps get rid of nasty lumps of flour and aerates the mixture when liquid is added. It's very important for all your baking so you get a moist result.

I use McCormick anise and cinnamon extracts. If you don't have any, you can use star anise seeds: dry roast them and grind them finely in a mortar and pestle. You can use cinnamon powder as well.

This recipe yields about 50 2-inch mini-crumpets but you can definitely make them larger. I just like making bite-size appetizers.

You can either serve them as a sweet or a savory dish. I think the best way is just with a generous layer of butter.

crumpet recipe

Published By: Jacqueline Pham on July 10, 2009.


[-] Crumpets - Guest-Maria
I've always known the word crumpet and that it was some form of doughy breakfast item, but I never knew it was so similar to pancakes. Love the idea to serve them as a savory appetizer.

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[-] Journey of an Italian Cook - Guest-Claudia
I do love crumpets. Confess to buying them - so happy to have a recipe. Now that "caviar" recipe intrigues me...

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[ Posted at 7:55 AM on 7/10/09 | Reply ]
[-] floating!!?? - Guest-ravenouscouple
These look so light and fluffy it's like they're floating in air!!

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[ Posted at 9:14 AM on 7/10/09 | Reply ]
[-] Crumpets - Guest-zoe
Oooh this looks very interesting. Cant wait for the rest of the recipes!

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[-] Crumpets - Guest-rose
Nicely done! Those look gorgeous :)

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[ Posted at 1:09 PM on 7/10/09 | Reply ]
[-] Yummmmmy - Guest-Erica
What a great idea for an appetizer! I bet your guests just loved them. Perfection

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[ Posted at 6:17 PM on 7/10/09 | Reply ]
[-] alexandra's kitchen - Guest-alexandraStafford
Oh my! So much delciousness here. These crumpets looks fabulous as do all of these bowls of goodness I am seeing below. I am definitely going to try some of these vegetarian dishes ... I'm eating much less meat these days.

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[ Posted at 6:49 PM on 7/10/09 | Reply ]
[-] Crumpets - Guest-Eralda
Tea and crumpets = delicious! They look beautiful and I cannot wait for a good occasion to make them.

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[ Posted at 7:14 PM on 7/10/09 | Reply ]
[-] Crumpets - Guest-Rosa
I love crumpets! It's such a wonderful speciality! Yours look really tempting!



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[ Posted at 2:37 AM on 7/11/09 | Reply ]
[-] Crumpets - Guest-LorraineNotQuiteNigella
Aren't homa made crumpets divine! And I like your serving suggestion too :)

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[ Posted at 8:46 AM on 7/11/09 | Reply ]
[-] Food Gourmand - Guest-Karine
I had never heard aabout crumpets before I came across your food blog. It looks so good! I should try it, I love pancakes and crepes :)

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[ Posted at 4:05 PM on 7/11/09 | Reply ]
[-] yummmmmm - Guest-CinnamonQuill
Must figure out how to make these gluten free.

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[ Posted at 7:19 AM on 7/12/09 | Reply ]
[-] Crumpets - Guest-anne
They look like the English Pikelet, Our crumpets are deeper than that, we eat them all the time, toasted with butter or jam, or peanut butter...!!

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[ Posted at 7:35 AM on 7/12/09 | Reply ]
[-] Crumpets - Guest-TangledNoodle
How great are these? I would never have thought to use min-crumpets for appetizers! Between sweet and savory, though, the former wins hands down - I would inhale these, slathered with butter and topped with a jam. Mmmmm . . .

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[ Posted at 2:58 PM on 7/12/09 | Reply ]
[-] Julia @ Mélanger - Guest-JuliaMlanger
Wow, I grew up with crumpets but never made my own. Love the addition of cinnamon and star anise. Great flavours! These look perfect.

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[ Posted at 3:57 AM on 7/13/09 | Reply ]
[-] Crumpets - Guest-Sara468
How interesting that you put yeast in this. I really want to try them, they look super tasty and you made such a great use of them.

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[ Posted at 11:02 AM on 7/13/09 | Reply ]
[-] Question - Guest-Hang
They look perfect for my kids. Do you know whether or not the measurements would be the same if using ground spices?
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