after a couple of lazy days without grocery shopping this morning i unfortunatley had to discover that i was all out of bread! oh god! there is not a single slice of toast left in the freezer and with all my no knead creations consumed ... what is a girl supposed to do on her lazy morning without anything for breakfast?! now i am not a big breakfast person, but if i have to starve on my lazy tuesdays (probably the only lazy mornings left, including weekends) i get totally cranky. sure, i could eat weetabix with milk and honey, but i am so not in the mood for a dusty brick when i want to indulge in a gorgeous toast and jam orgy before i head to university.
trying to find my zen again and trying to chase away that terrible mood of mine (because i just can't stand myself when i am totally pissed!) i remembered something: i've always wanted to make crumpets ever since i found a recipe over at the real epicurean.
so there you go. i am no longer angry, i am british now. or at least in my little make-believe kitchen i am recreating an authentic (and perfect!) au-pair 1996/1997 breakfast. minus the baked beans and the saussage, of course!
lacking the fresh yeast to try the recipe mentioned above i googled "crumpets instant yeast" and found a lovely little recipe. i adapted my version from here.
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon instant yeast
2/3 cup water
1 cup of flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup lukewarm milk
- mix 1/2 cup of flour and 1 teaspoon of instant yeast
- add 2/3 cup of water and mix together until smooth
- cover and leave to stand in a warm place for about 15 minutes
- sift a cup of flour and 1/2 tsp of salt into a large bowl and make a well in the centre
- pour in the yeast mixture and 1/2 cup of lukewarm milk
- beat the batter for 5 minutes to incorporate air
- cover and leave in a warm place for about 1 hour
- melt a tiny knob of butter in a frying pan over medium heat
- grease the inside of cookie cutters (or crumpet rings, if you are lucky enough to have some!)
- ladle the batter into the cookie cutters filling them about 2/3
- cook the crumpets for about 5-10 minutes until the are nicely browned underneath
- turn once and continue cooking until browned
oh, i just love the spongy texture of those lovely little things! i have missed them dearly because you just can't get crumpets here in austria ... it is good to know that i can recreate them at home :) why haven't i tried that before?
now, i definitely need to make another batch, freeze it and thaw the crumpets whenever i am hungry for british breakfast. that's probably gonna be every day from now on.