little crumpet

Ever made your own crumpets?

It kinda does seem like one of those things that might just not be worth the time, right? They come conveniently packaged at the supermarket… but bread does too and there's just something about making your own that I love.

So I thought I'd try crumpets.

They worked pretty well! 

This recipe comes from a book called The $21 Challenge which I'll talk about later this week, it's really good!


1 cup plain flour

1/2 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp sugar

1/2 tbsp yeast (dry)

3/4 cup warm water


Put flour, baking powder, salt and sugar into a large bowl and mix together using a whisk. In separate bowl stir the yeast into the warm water with a fork. Pour water and yeast mixture into the dry ingredients and beat together with a whisk until you have a smooth batter. 

Lightly grease large frying pan (preferably one with a lid) and put over a medium to low heat. Grease 6 egg rings, put into pan and three quarters fill each one with batter.

Cook for approx 10 mins, until top of crumpet is covered with holes, then place lid on frying pan and cook for another 3 minutes.

Perfect with butter and golden syrup. Or honey. Or whatever. Delicious.

Did the kids eat them? Well no. 

Henry is really not much of a morning person and I have to work hard to make him a breakfast person at all.

Here he is first thing this morning:

He typically peels himself out of bed, and flops like this on the couch until I can coax him to the breakfast table with a banana smoothie or occasionally tinned spaghetti. 

This one, though:

Bounces out of bed and straight to the breakfast table. 

Good mornings' everyone including Henry's new imaginary friend who lives in his foot (huh?) and cooks herself an egg (with some help.) 

She tips it out of the cup and eats it off this particular placemat.

It's quite a ritual.

  Tilly does everything enthusiastically.

Goodness she's such a crumpet.

Your favourite breakfast?


10 Comments on “little crumpet

bright and blithe
December 9, 2009 at 3:57 am

i’ve never attempted crumpets. these days i’m smitten with steel cut oats dressed in apple and cinnamon. mmmm….

an imaginary friend in his foot? i do believe that is the funniest thing i’ve heard today.

Alex Nolan
December 9, 2009 at 5:28 am

Hmmm, favourite breakast.. Well, there used to be a place in Surry Hills when we lived there on Foveaux St called Lemon, which did the MOST delicious breakfasts. We liked granola with yoghurt and fruit, or french toast with bananas and maple syrup.

Right now though, it’s winter in the UK, and it has to be porridge – made with milk (twice as much milk to porridge oats) and when it is cooked (about 4-6 mins in the microwave), pour it into a bowl with cream in the bottom (a la Joyce Walmsley) and then sprinke it with wheatgerm and brown sugar. Heaven, like you can’t imagine! I know it sounds a bit more like dessert than breakfast, but it truely is wonderful.

Oh, and go and find Lemon if you are on Foveaux St, and pay it a visit on my behalf!


Alex Nolan
December 9, 2009 at 5:31 am

Oh, ad on the subject of imaginary friends.., Edward has one called Jason, who lives in London, is 6 (although today was 48, but not old!) and has black hair. We haven’t got to the stage of setting a dinner place for Jason, but he does get blamed for an awful lot of stuff that is far more likely of a 3 yr old, in the guise of Edward… x

December 9, 2009 at 10:51 am

im with tilly, eggs on toast for me please!
henry can keep his tinned spaghetti…

December 9, 2009 at 12:56 pm

I’m with bennoss and Tilly- EGGS. And I eat them like tilly does too- enthusiastically!
Juliet’s pretend friends are 5 cats. All called Meow, but they’re different colours. The pink one is her favorite. One day she said that their dad was at work and when I asked where he worked she answered without hesitation- At the fireworks factory! as if I was so stupid for not knowing that.

December 9, 2009 at 5:37 pm

Ahhh so cute! I’ve made crumpets a few times. Absolutely delish, straight from the pan, slaaaaaathered with butter 🙂

Sue Reid
December 10, 2009 at 5:15 am

Yeah, I agree with Alex, porridge in the cold dark mornings in England is such a winner, made while my husband’s in the shower, along with his packed lunch, (I am very domestic these days,) and eaten while he’s somewhat naked, watching the news and generally laughing at the 14-month-old. Life is grand. We go with either honey or golden syrup, (maple syrup occasionally, but it seems to migrate to the back of the cupboard,) and it’s however much comes out- some mornings it’s pretty sweet, has been known to make your teeth ache. I’ll have to try the cream combination- sounds good.

Henry has his porridge for lunch, when it’s all congealed and he can eat it with his fingers. This is a habit we really should move on from soon.

December 10, 2009 at 10:41 pm

I laughed out loud at the imaginary friends bits, thank Estelle and Alex! And Suey, you too, thank you. That is hilariously gross.

August 1, 2010 at 8:38 am

Just made the crumpets and had a quick look at your blog (not so much time with a 3 yr old and 8 month old) while they’re cooking. I had actually bought the $21 challenge book but couldn’t find it in the chaos that is my house this morning so was hoping someone had posted the recipe! Thank you Fiona. Keep up the good work with the kids, cooking and writing (I struggle to fit any in at the moment so have finally decided to send some work out instead).

August 17, 2013 at 7:13 am

I made my first crumpet batter this morning. It is foaming up as I glance through your wonderful blog. I am amazed how quick the batter was to mix up and frugal to boot. Fingers crossed that my crumpets will work out. Yours look fantastic and make the mouth water.


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