Friday, April 17, 2009

...and in the morning I'm makin'...crumpets...

Do you remember when Donkey moves in with Shrek and he places himself in Shrek's favorite chair with the words "...and in the morning I'm making waffles" Much to Shrek's dismay? Well I haven't made waffles - this time anyway (and I haven't moved in with someone green and crumpy) What I did do was make crumpets, an English bread snack, sometimes eaten in the morning with a bit of butter or jam. For an English teacher this is almost like being there and if your oven's not working - well, this is what you could do.

English (as opposed to Scottish) crumpets (Idea's from Delia): 14 crumpets

250 g. flour
1½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
60 ml. water
300 ml. milk
12 g. freah yeast

Heat the milk and water until handwarm, pour in a bowl and add yeast, sugar. Leave to ferment for 15 - 20 minutes. Sift into the bowl flour and salt and beat well to make a smooth batter.

Grease a pan and some iron rings (egg rings) with butter. Place rings in the pan and turn on the heat to medium. Spoon 1 large tbs. batter in each ring and leave to cook for 6 - 7 minutes. Remove the rings - they're hot! and turn the crumpets over to cook for another 5 minutes.

Once done remove the crumpets; regrease and reheat the rings to cook the next batch.

Served warm with butter and jam. You can reheat them later by toasting them lightly on both sides before serving.

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