Thursday, 15 March 2018

Homemade Pikelets & Crumpets

Now having lived as an ex pat I am fully aware that we in the UK perplex most of the rest of the world in many ways but in my experience our inability to decide on one word for something is up there as one of the most unfathomable British traits.

Is it a snicket, a ginnel, a passageway, a back passage or an alley? Is it a barm, a bap, a muffin, a cob or a roll. So too we have the great pikelet debate, not so much a debate as Google search nightmare. Picture the scene a pikelet loving young maiden with culinary skills in her Paris apartment longing for a pikelet. She wanders to the internet and searches for a recipe only to be met with endless recipes that are not pikelets. Let me clear this up for everyone right now a pikelet is not a drop scone or a scotch pancake, (they are of course the same thing too with different names). A pikelet is a flat crumpet no argument or debate needed.
Now as it turns out the art of crumpet making is not a big thing anymore so I had to turn to an old recipe book of yesteryear, I collect these. I found a crumpet recipe, success! I had to make a few adjustments because buying fresh yeast is not as commonplace as it once was. When we were snowed in in Yorkshire last week I made a mountain of these, the pile you see in the photo was the tip of the iceberg but fear not they freeze, hurrah! Here is my updated pikelet and crumpet recipe.

you will need;

450g strong bread flour
14g fast acting dried yeast
300ml warm milk (or plant based alternative)
300ml warm water 
pinch of salt
method;
  1. Mix all of the dried ingredients together in a large mixing bowl, the mixture will rise quite a bit so the bigger the bowl the better.
  2. Warm the water and milk so that it is tepid. Pour into a well in the centre of the dry ingredients.
  3. Whisk until the batter is smooth.
  4. Leave in a warm place, by a radiator for example until the batter has doubled in size and filled with lots of bubbles. 
  5. Heat a pan. The old recipe I found said a cast iron skillet but I used a non stick pancake pan so I think you have some wriggle room there.
  6. Drop a tiny amount of oil on the pan and mop most of it up with kitchen roll.
  7. Drop around a tablespoon of mixture down and spread it out in a circular motion. Then wait for the bubbles to appear and pop on the surface. Cook until the underside is quite brown. Flip for a couple of seconds just to colour the top. Set aside and repeat.
  8. To make crumpets grease a crumpet ring, fill with the batter and cook both sides.
  • Important notes. You will need to keep adjusting the temperature as you want them to be in a hot pan but not too hot or you do not get the bubbles appearing and popping.
  • If you make the crumpets turn the pan down to a lower temperature than you will need for the pikelets to make sure that they cook all the way through. 
  • You may need to re oil the pan at some point whilst cooking off the batter.
  • They freeze nicely and can be heated up in the grill, serve with butter this is mandatory.
  • I have not added a number that this mixture makes as the amount dropped from the spoon is not an exact science but it it a lot.
So now I have put the great pikelet debate to rest I am off to the UN to see if I can help with anything there.


28 comments:

  1. Ooh we have never made our own but the kids LOVE them! I'd love to try to make our own, it would be a fun activity!

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    1. Sebastian was really jazzed Seeing the bubbles appear and pop when we made them

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  2. Oh this post has taken me back to my childhood, my Dad (was a baker) used to make these sometimes at the weekends, I used to love them. i am going to have to try and make some x

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    1. How nice baking always seems to be nostalgic I bet you had the best carbs at home...we love carbs

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  3. Do you know I have never made my own pikelets, but they are so scrummy! I most definitely need to give it a try.

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    1. They are fun and quicker and more forgiving than bread

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  4. This looks amazing and the fact that it is home made is awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I had no idea what a pikelet was, but I do love a good crumpet x

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    1. Pikelets seem to be one of these lesser known breads I wonder if it is a regional thing?

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  6. Well I just learnt what a pikelet was. Never heard of them before. We normally eat pancakes. I should try the kids with crumpets and pikelets to see what they think.

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    1. A fewvprople said this I am wondering if it is A regional thing now

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  7. oh I didn't even know what a pikelet was until reading this post well now we are going to have to make some now

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  8. I remember that when I lived abroad my parents bought crumpets over for me. I walked round so many supermarkets where I was living but there wasn't a single one in sight. Not sure if I would be up to making my own though.
    Rachel

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  9. My granddad used to like Scotch pancakes and we've never heard of spikelet but they do look like squished crumpets! Very tasty!

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  10. Mine love crumpets and I have to admit I tend to buy them, but these look scrummy

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  11. These look so delectable and really well made. The crumpets looks so very delicious.

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  12. Ooo these little things looks super scrummy and ideal for a brill breakfast x

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  13. I've never thought of making crumpets myself, I always thought it was super complicated! Will have to try this out myself for breakfast

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  14. Oh these look so tasty, what a lovely think to make as well, I am bookmarking this to give it a go!

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  15. I would love to try making these. I think it will be a good idea to let my daughter help me. They look yummy!

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  16. Excellent, what a website it is! This website gives
    helpful data to us, keep it up.

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  17. I have been living in the UK for 5 years now and I have only had crumpets about 2 times and never heard of pikelets before. They sound yummy though!

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  18. I have never made crumpets before, I always just buy them out of a packet. I think I'd enjoy them more if they were home made! xxx

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  19. I didn't know what a pikelet was until I met my partner who is from 'up north'. His Mum makes pikelets for us and sends them home for us to freeze because the kids love them! Your ones look really good!

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  20. ooh these look so good! I've never heard the word pikelet before! I love it! x

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  21. Yum! I love pikelets but never thought of making them myself!

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  22. I've never made these but they look great and I'd love to try them out on my kids!

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