C02 shortage… Can’t get your crumpets? Recipe here!

Carol Cook! Crumpets

A C02 shortage has affected the production of crumpets..leaving some people bereft as if they can’t get their crumpets who knows what will happen. A newspaper report has stated that 2 suppliers have restarted production but shortage could last for a few more weeks until stocks are replenished.

Never fear as although I had a disaster or two in the kitchen… Carol is here with a recipe for you so fret no more you can make your own… Crumpets.

The Crumpet!

The earliest recorded mention came from English Bible translator John Wycliffe when he referred to the crompid cake.

The early crumpets were hard pancakes cooked on a griddle it wasn’t until the Victorian era that yeast was added and the crumpet as we know it today was born.

Now I haven’t made crumpets since we had our restaurant and this recipe has been resurrected, dug out from the archives..lol prompted by a request from another food blogger who couldn’t get her crumpets.

Needless to say, my crumpet rings must have been left behind when we sold our restaurant. The plan was the to wait until I went into town to purchase some more but we all know about the best-made plans of mice and men, haha

Well, ladies and gents we all know what happens when we just mention we are going to make ?????? Don’t they go on???

Thinking cap on and I remember having pikelets which are little pancake-like crumpets complete with holes but you don’t need rings.

The result, I was up early to make the mixture as it has to rest for an hour. Cooking will now commence very soon.

But before we do and just to demonstrate to those you who think I am a wonderful cook… Disasters can happen! I set my timer then went to start writing this post…heard the timer and went down to the kitchen. WELL, it most certainly did rise! All over the place…Crumpets…I hear you…

crumpet malfunction

The motto??? Use a bigger jug next time!

The lovely electric griddle that I bought on a visit to the US was not going to workeither the stupid plugs here are absolutely useless so I had pans and a griddle that worked intermittently the air was not blue but close…lol but as we often say here TIT (This is Thailand) we learn to live with this.

My taste testers were impressed with the end result although they didn’t look pretty 4 crumpets later I think they were a taste success. The texture was spot on so when I get my rings they will be perfect…fingers crossed. My little pikelet.

crumpets or pikelets


  • 1 1/2 cups of lukewarm water
  • 1 cup of lukewarm milk.
  • 2 tbsp of melted butter
  • 3 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp of instant yeast.
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt.

Let’s cook!

Combine all the ingredients and beat for 2 minutes or use a mixer.

Cover the bowl and rest for 1 hour.

Near to the end of the hour preheat your griddle to 325 F or preheat a frying pan.

N.B: But be careful a pan just gets hotter and it shouldn’t be as hot as when you cook pancakes.

Lighty grease your pan or muffin rings.


Pour the sticky batter into the ring, halfway up or a 1/4 of a cup.

After 4 mins using tongs remove the rings. Cook 10 minutes on the first side until the top has lots of little bubbles.

They will also start to look a little dry around the edges. They probably won’t be as full of holes as store bought ones.

Turn crumpets over and cook for another 5 minutes.

Remove from the griddle and repeat with rest of the mixture.

Serve warm with lots of butter and or jam. Or cool and wrap in plastic and store at room temperature.

To reheat put in the toaster and enjoy with butter and or jam.


So for those of you who can’t get your crumpets...I hope this has helped 🙂

Enjoy the rest of your week, have fun, eat healthily and stay mindful xxx

29 thoughts on “C02 shortage… Can’t get your crumpets? Recipe here!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Most things can be cooked from scratch..trust me…there is not much you can’t replicate at home..some you don’t want to but others are so very easy you wonder why you never did 🙂 x

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  4. Liz Gauffreau

    I’d read about crumpets in books when I was growing up, but I didn’t know what they were until I spied some in a package in the store and bought.They were decidely uninspiring. Maybe the homemade version is better?


    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Hi Liz..I am sorry you found them uninspiring… they are a British institution and cooked over an open fire maybe that make s a difference…Have a great week,Liz 🙂 x

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      1. Liz Gauffreau

        I expect you’re right about how they’re cooked. Coming in a plastic bag and stuck in the toaster probably doesn’t provide the same taste and texture you’re accustomed to.

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      2. CarolCooks2 Post author

        No and they have to have some char on them cooking in a toaster I find you have to cook them at least twice and on high as they take a while to cook..not like toasting bread 🙂


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  8. Joycy

    I am so excited I found your post! I have been craving crumpets for weeks now! I am going to find one of those muffin rings (Amazon?) and get too baking! Thanks Carol.

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  10. purpleslob

    I went to England, to watch my daughter graduate HS. I had proper crumpets. But why is CO2 production affecting crumpets??
    Also, I had scones and clotted cream!! I ate so many, I had to be put on restriction!! lol

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  11. susieshy45

    I like your adjustments( improvisations)- I would do the same myself. I adjust everything in cooking. Over rising, I hear you. We have a batter for a type of pancake( rice and lentil mixture) which we leave outside overnight and on a summer night, it often over rises so much so that I know what my cup overfloweth when I see the batter the next morning. It is a wonder to me how such heavy batter can rise so much.
    Glad your crumpets tasted good.

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    1. Carol Post author

      HaHa..that made me smile there was so much…Thank you, Susie you learn to adjust don’t you and so much I can’t get here that it is now second nature…lol… Yes they were… those rice and lentil pancakes sound good I will have pop over to your blog and have a look round 🙂

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