Overnight crumpets
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Overnight crumpets

A delicious way to improve your crumpet game! These overnight crumpets are a delightful start to any morning.

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  • Makes10
  • CourseBreakfast
  • Prepare15 mins
  • Cook30 mins
  • Total time45 mins
  • Plusrising

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  • 150ml semi skimmed milk
  • 1 tsp honey, plus extra to serve
  • 1 tsp fast action yeast
  • 250g strong white bread flour
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • salted butter, to serve


  1. Warm the milk with 150ml water until lukewarm, then whisk in the honey and yeast. Put the flour into a large, deep bowl, make a well, then pour in the liquid. Whisk into a batter, leave in a warm place for 30 minutes, then cover and chill overnight.

  2. Take the batter out of the fridge – it should be risen and bubbly. Mix the bicarbonate of soda, salt and 6 tbsp cold water together in a small bowl. Whisk into the batter then leave for 30-45 minutes in a warm place until the batter has started to rise again and has lots of small bubbles.

  3. When ready, set a heavy-based frying pan over a medium heat. Once hot, add 1 tsp oil and rub it over the pan with kitchen paper. Grease the crumpet rings too. Put the rings on the pan and ladle in a little batter until they are about 1 /3 full. Cook for 7-9 minutes until the bubbles have risen, popped and stay open. (The tops should look almost dry and the bottoms will be a deep golden brown. You can’t rush a good crumpet and the exact cooking time will depend on your pan.)

  4. Lift the rings away from the crumpets using 2 forks or similar, then flip them over and cook on the other side for 1 minute, until lightly golden. Use another 1 tsp oil for the next batch, and so on. Eat straight away or, for the best texture, cool on a rack then lightly toast before serving with butter and honey (or your favourite topping).


Typical values per item when made using specific products in recipe


940kJ/ 225kcals



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