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A wire cooling rack filled with golden crumpets, with one crumpet on a plate with a knife and butter

Homemade crumpets

Published: March 23, 2022 at 11:49 am
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • + resting
  • A little effort
  • Makes 10

Spend a little time making these gorgeously fluffy crumpets – the perfect weekend project. Freshly toasted and slathered with butter, they are well worth the effort

Nutrition: Per crumpet

Try this recipe for homemade crumpets, then also check out our cheese crumpets for a savoury twist. Use this recipe as a base to make our crumpets eggs Royale and lemon drizzle crumpets, or browse plenty more crumpet topping ideas.

For more brunch recipes try our eggy bread and full English croissants.


  • 425ml whole milk
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 7g fast-action dried yeast
  • 300g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, plus extra for the rings and to serve


  • STEP 1

    Put the milk in a pan over a low heat until just warmed through. Remove from the heat, then add the sugar and yeast, and leave to stand for 5 minutes to activate the yeast.

  • STEP 2

    Put the flour, baking powder and ½ tsp of fine sea salt in a large bowl, then pour in the milk and whisk until it forms a smooth batter. Cover and leave to stand for around 30-45 minutes until foamy and bubbly. The bubbles the yeast creates ensures the crumpets will be light and airy.

    a white bowl of batter being whisked
  • STEP 3

    Melt a little of the butter in a large lidded frying pan over a medium-high heat, swirling the pan so the butter coats the base. Lightly butter the crumpet rings and arrange them in the pan, then heat for 5 minutes so they get hot.

  • STEP 4

    Spoon or ladle batter into the rings until three-quarters full.

    a pan on a gas hob with crumpet rings being filled with batter from a ladle
  • STEP 5

    Cook for 30 seconds, then reduce the heat to low, cover the pan with a lid and cook for 5-6 minutes or until lots of bubbles have appeared on the tops and the surfaces have set and are no longer wet. Carefully flip the crumpets and cook for 2-3 minutes more until browned and fully cooked through.

    a frying pan filled with crumpets ready to be flipped with a spatula
  • STEP 6

    Remove the crumpets from the pan and gently remove the rings, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Repeat with the remaining batter, heating the pan and rings first as before.

  • STEP 7

    Toast the crumpets until golden, then spread with butter and serve warm.

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