With a little advance planning to let the dough rise, crumpets are as easy to make as pancakes, but they’ll elevate any brunch menu or turn a simple Sunday morning into a celebration. Always wanted to make them yourself? Our favorite crumpets recipe is here to help.
2-1/4-ounce packets active dry yeast
1-3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons warm water, divided
1 cup whole or 2% milk, lightly warmed
3-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus more for greasing pan and rings (see “Note,” opposite, bottom)
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon table salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
Sprinkle the yeast over 1/4 cup warm water. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.
Add 1-1/2 cups of warm water and 1 cup of warm milk to the yeast mixture. Add the flour, butter, sugar, and salt, and beat 5 minutes. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour. The mixture should be very bubbly.
Dissolve the baking powder and baking soda in the remaining 2 tablespoons of warm water. Stir into the crumpet batter and mix until combined. Cover and let sit 20 minutes.
Heat a large griddle or cast-iron pan over medium-low heat. Grease the pan and rings lightly with butter. Pour a scant 1/2 cup of batter into each ring. Turn the heat to low and cook until holes have formed and the top is dry, about 10 minutes.
Unmold (use an offset spatula to run around the edge of the ring, if needed) and flip to the other side. Cook until lightly golden, about 1 minute. Transfer to a cooling rack.
Repeat with the remaining batter.
Serve warm or toasted with plenty of butter.