Sometimes the best recipes are the result of a fortuitous accident! I was working on a gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free burger bun recipe this week, adapted from Lexie's Kitchen, and for some reason (even though I proofed my yeast) the buns didn't rise. We toasted the little flat cutie pies and tasted them... and they tasted JUST LIKE crumpets! Really! Crispy on the outside, soft and dense on the inside, with a great buttery flavor (without any dairy in them at all). Wow!
This was a welcome surprise. Regular readers of this blog will recall that we are HUGE fans of teatime in this family, and to have an allergy-free crumpet recipe drop into our laps felt like Santa had come early! These are very simple to make, but do require the extra step of the toasting to make the outside crispy enough. Serve with homemade jam and you have an instant tea party!
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Crumpets
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tsp honey
3 tsp yeast (I used bread machine yeast)
2 cups white rice flour
1/2 cup arrowroot starch
1/2 cup potato starch
2 tsp powdered, unflavored gelatin
2 tsp salt
1 tsp onion powder
4 Tbsp ground flax seed
3/4 cup warm water
4 Tbsp olive oil
First, proof your yeast by combining the 1 1/2 cups warm water, yeast and honey in a small bowl. Let sit for a few minutes to see if it foams (mine did, but as I mentioned, my bread didn't rise).
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, two starches, gelatin, salt and onion powder.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the flax seed, 3/4 cup water, olive oil, and the yeast mixture at medium speed for 1 minute. Add the flour mixture and beat on high for 2 minutes. If you notice that the dough is getting too thick to pour into your molds, add a bit more water.
Set metal English muffin rings, or circular cookie cutters, or mini springform pans on an oiled baking sheet. Fill the rings halfway and let sit in a warm spot for 30 minutes. Mine only rose a tiny bit. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 - 20 minutes. Remove from molds, then toast for a few minutes. Serve warm with jelly. Makes twelve 3" diameter crumpets.
(* Thanks Lexie for the inspiration! *)
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