Buttermilk Crumpets


Crisp on the outside with an airy, spongy center, crumpets are lovely hot out of the pan but also reheat beautifully in the toaster. Buttermilk helps to keep them tender and light, while spelt flour lends a nutty flavor.

Active Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins


  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk, at room temperature

  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar

  • 2 (¼-ounce) envelopes instant yeast

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (about 8 1/2 ounces)

  • cup spelt flour (about 1 3/8 ounces)

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • cup warm water, plus more if needed

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil (such as grapeseed oil), divided

  • Cooking spray


  1. Stir together buttermilk, sugar, and yeast in a medium bowl. Let stand until frothy and bubbly on surface, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, combine all-purpose flour, spelt flour, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment; beat on low speed until combined, about 20 seconds

  2. Make a well in center of flour mixture; pour in buttermilk mixture. Beat on medium speed until batter is smooth and no lumps remain, about 2 minutes. Stir together 2/3 cup warm water and baking soda in a small bowl. Reduce mixer speed to medium-low; gradually beat in warm water mixture until batter is smooth and slightly thicker than buttermilk, about 30 seconds. If needed, add up to 2 additional tablespoons warm water, 1/2 tablespoons at a time, to thin batter to proper consistency. Cover bowl loosely with plastic wrap, and let stand at room temperature until surface is very bubbly and batter has doubled in volume, about 45 minutes.

  3. Heat a well-seasoned 12-inch cast-iron skillet over low. Brush skillet with 2 teaspoons oil; coat insides of 4 (3 1/8-inch) crumpet rings with cooking spray, and place in skillet. Let rings preheat until hot, 2 to 3 minutes. Carefully spoon about 1/3 cup batter into each ring, filling each ring halfway. Cook, undisturbed, until surface is covered in large holes and batter looks dry and slightly set around edges, about 8 minutes. Using tongs, carefully lift ring molds to remove. Using a small spatula, gently flip crumpets. Cook until bottoms are golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes.

  4. Transfer crumpets to a wire rack. Repeat process 2 times using remaining oil and batter, re-greasing and preheating rings between batches. Serve crumpets hot with desired toppings.

    Buttermilk Crumpets Recipe
    Photo by Greg DuPree / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer and Paige Grandjean / Prop Styling by Christine Keely

Make Ahead

To store crumpets in refrigerator, let cool completely, about 30 minutes; store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 3 days. To serve, reheat in toaster. To store in freezer, let cool completely; wrap tightly in plastic wrap, place in a ziplock plastic bag, and store in freezer up to 1 month. Thaw frozen crumpets in refrigerator before toasting.

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