Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Anna Sultana’s Crumpets


The couple arrived last night under cloudy skies, light rain and a strong wind.
Today Prince Charles will go to the zoo and feed a polar bear.
Camilla will tour the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
After attending a more formal event tonight they’ll head home. 

It’s a damp, unpleasant day here today.
Time to get cozy with a pot of tea and a crumpet.

Crumpets are the perfect afternoon tea treat, served warm with lots of butter, or jam for an extra special treat.

When I was a kid, my family and I lived in a German / Irish town.
Crumpets weren’t a hot seller in College Point.
Ma always kept a few well-washed tuna tins for making crumpets.
Sometimes she just wanted a crumpet and nothing else would do.


What is the the difference between crumpets and English muffins?
• Crumpets are made with milk, but English muffins aren’t.
• Crumpets are made from a loose batter. English muffins are made from a dough. 
• Crumpets are served whole with the jam and butter are spread right on top. English muffins are split before serving.
Now you know.


Hints:

Just to be clear - remove top and bottom lids and the labels of the tuna tins.
Give them a really good scrub.

If you want to check the temperature of the liquids, warm means about 115º F.

If the batter seeps from under the ring it is too thin, beat in more flour. 
If the crumpet is heavy and without holes, the batter is too thick, add more water.

                              Crumpets

In a large bowl beat together
2 Cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt 
Combine in a separate bowl
1 1/4 Cups warm water
1 1/4 cups warm milk 

Beat the milk mixture into the dry ingredients until batter is thick and smooth. 
Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place until spongy, about 1 hour. 
Stir dough to reduce sponginess.

Place the rack in the middle of the oven.
Preheat oven 150º F
Grease an ovenproof skillet and 4 tuna tins.
Place the tins in the skillet and preheat them in the oven about 10 minutes.
Remove the skillet from the oven and spoon batter into the tins, filling them about halfway. 
Let the crumpets cook until the bottoms are browned, the tops appear nearly dry, and popped bubbles appear on top, about 5 minutes.

Use tongs to lift the tins out of the pan.
Remove the tins from the crumpets. 
Flip and return crumpets to skillet to cook the other side 1 minutes.  
Keep cooked crumpets warm on rack.
Repeat with remaining dough.


Maybe Prince Charles will feed a crumpet to Hudson, one of the polar bears at the zoo.

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