I first made crumpets years ago, somewhere fairly near the beginning of my Diary of a Teacher blog, when it was a snow day and I was very, very bored. They are fairly simple but, made the usual way, it is a long process from start to finish.
It is frugal though because one uses what would otherwise be thrown out - the 'discard', as they call it. When you're growing a sourdough you have to keep taking some dough away and feeding the remainder to keep it alive. They say to throw this discard away which does not sit easily on my conscience so I looked around for ways to use it and found this recipe.
|Taken from the site above|
Mine didn't < smug smile >!
The only problem I had was that the batter stuck to the side of the ring. It shouldn't have done that as they are non stick but next time I will lightly grease the inside of the rings and that should sort that issue out.
It smelled lovely and the raggedy outside bits that I trimmed off tasted lovely too but, as the porridge was on and slowly cooking, I was very controlled and will freeze it for a future breakfast with a poached egg on top. Poached egg on a toasted crumpet with a light sprinkling of sea salt crystals is a lovely, lovely thing, to quote John Torode.
Cost? Well, I haven't the foggiest but as the sourdough starter would just be thrown away and the rest is tiny amounts I am giving it a nominal price of 3p per crumpet.