JULIE FUGE #eatsouth

Crumpets, for me, are a comfort food. On Sunday evenings, we would have them toasted on the open fire, and my boys grew up to love them just as much as I did as a child. I’d never made them before though. It’s definitely worth the effort. These were absolutely gorgeous, with butter and runny honey or Becky’s Beezzzs honey with cinnamon. Recipe was from Jamie Oliver.


  • 400 ml milk
  • 1 tablespoon dried yeast
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 300 g strong white flour
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • vegetable oil , for greasing

Serves: 4


Gently warm the milk.

In a bowl, dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm milk and 100ml of tepid water. Leave in a warm place for 15 minutes, or until frothy.

Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and 1 teaspoon of fine sea salt into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and pour in the yeast mixture. Whisk from the centre outwards until the consistency of double cream – this will take a few minutes.

Add a splash more water, if needed. Cover with a damp tea towel and set aside for 45 minutes or until little bubbles form on the surface.

Grease four 10cm egg rings with vegetable oil. Wipe a little oil around a large frying pan or iron skillet and place over a medium-high heat.

Arrange the rings in the frying pan and, once hot, spoon 4 tablespoons of the batter into each ring.

Cook for 5 minutes, or until little bubbles appear on the surface. Once the bubbles have burst, leaving little holes, use tongs to carefully lift off the rings and flip over the crumpets, then cook for 1 minute on the other side.

Re-grease and reheat the rings and pan before cooking the next batch. Serve the crumpets warm, with a slather of butter.

If making them in advance, just toast lightly on both sides when you come to serve them.