I decided to start off with a very easy looking recipe that I'd torn out of a magazine (Family Circle? Woman's Own?) some time in the late 1970s or early 1980s. It was when Shirley Goode was a famous ultra-thrifty TV cook, and she wrote several books and magazine articles about cooking. This particular article had the snappy title "How to feed a family of four on £21 a week" and included recipes for three meals a day for the whole family. The recipes are amazingly tasty and economical - although if you followed the plan exactly, you'd spend a lot more than £21 now, you would still get a really good selection of varied and healthy meals for very little money. Some of the recipes were a tremendous help to us during the 1980s, when one income, two young children and mortgage interest rates of about 15% meant that every penny counted! Yet I'd not tried every recipe in it - the crumpet recipe, using just bread mix, water, bicarb soda and a little milk is one that I'd never tried. And what a great way to learn the cooking technique before moving on to making them from scratch.
Now everything went beautifully except that although bubbles rose to the tops of the crumpets, as you can see from the photo, very few of them burst. I kept on cooking them for longer, thinking maybe they would eventually burst, but the batter was firming up over the bubbles, and leaving them any longer would burn the bases. So when I turned them over to cook the tops, they came out looking more like muffin than a crumpet. Yet the insides have that familiar airy texture of a crumpet.
So, ladies and gentlemen, I bring you the CRUFFIN - a cross between a crumpet and a muffin. We've just demolished some of them topped with scrambled eggs and bacon, and very tasty they were too!
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