I’m not sure about you but Christmas is about food (amongst other things), so why not plan a light Christmas breakfast with these gingerbread man shaped crumpets.
For me, crumpets are something that are quick and easy. They are heated and toasted in a toaster or on a grill, whichever you have most conveniently to hand – slather in salted butter and you have a very simple yet tasty breakfast. This is what makes them perfect for Christmas breakfast, especially as you can make them in advance and have your favourite topping on them.
Crumpets are a little different as they have a different process behind them, rather than making a standard dough and proving it, its a looser consistency and fermented. This is what gives the crumpets the aerated texture.
Anyway, let’s get started, shall we?
500g Strong bread flour.
530ml Water, at 37.5˚c.
7g Dried yeast.
155ml Water, at 37.5˚c.
Before you get into making these crumpets, you’re best to do some prep work. Start by weighing up your ingredients and getting any equipment you may need, such as a whisk and mixing bowl.
To start on the crumpets, grab yourself a large mixing bowl and into it place the flour and salt. Then give them a good mix until they are combined.
Then you can go ahead and add in the yeast, sugar and 530ml of water. Whisk until a smooth batter forms, this isn’t like other breads as it’s a loose consistency but it’s completely normal.
Once smooth, you can go ahead and cover the bowl with some clingfilm and leave somewhere warm to ferment for 40-50 minutes.
You will notice that the mixture will have risen well and look a little messy, that’s perfect. The fermenting time is done.
Add in the second weight of water and whisk until well combined.
The mixture needs between 5-10 minutes to rest, so just leave uncovered on the side while you prepare the frying pan.
Grab yourself a small/medium frying pan and a 10cm/4 inch egg ring/bottomless cake tin. I was using the biggest gingerbread cookie cutter – which is around 4 inches.
Lightly grease your frying pan and the ring you’re using and place the ring in the drying pan over a medium heat on the hob..
Once the frying pan is preheated, you can go ahead and pour the batter in, filling the ring about 1/3-1/2 of the way full as these do rise a little while baking.
From this amount of batter, you should be able to make around 6-8 generously size crumpets. These are way better than the ones you can buy from the supermarket – let me tell you!
That’s all for today guys, I hope you enjoyed. If you did, don’t forget to share this recipe with your family and friends and enjoy it. I’ll be back soon with another blog post and YouTube video, so join me then. In the meanwhile, don’t forget to check out my other social’s – Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube. The YouTube tutorial will be linked down below.