1 cup milk
4 T unsalted butter
1/2 cup water
2 pkg.(1/4 oz. each) active dry yeast
2 t sugar
3 1/3 cups flour
1 1/2 t salt
1 t baking soda dissolved in 6 T warm water
Butter and marmalade, if desired
Directions - English Crumpets
In small saucepan, scald milk with butter. Pour mixture into large bowl and add water; cool to lukewarm.
Add yeast and sugar; stir until dissolved. Let mixture stand about 15 to 20 minutes, until foamy.
With wooden spoon, stir in flour and salt, scraping sides of bowl, until a thick dough is formed. Cover loosely and let stand in warm place until doubled in bulk, about one hour.
Stir in baking soda mixture until well combined. Grease 3-inch muffin rings and arrange them in greased heavy skillet. Heat skillet and rings over moderate heat.
Spoon 1/4 cup of the batter into each ring, spreading batter out to the edges of ring with fingers or spatula.
Cook crumpets about two minutes, until golden brown on one side. Release rings with tip of knife and lift off crumpets.
Turn crumpets and cook on other side about three minutes, until golden brown. Continue to make crumpets in same manner with remaining batter.
Serve warm at once, or if desired, split, toast and serve this
crumpet recipe with butter and marmalade.
Makes about 18 crumpets.