British Turkey Cravings – Crumpets

Whenever we’re sat in bars, restaurants or wherever and we get chatting to non-Turkish people, we’re always asked, ‘What do you miss about England? You must miss different foods.’ Well, we wouldn’t be normal if we didn’t miss anything. We miss the Lake District in the Northwest of England as we used to go trekking and camping there a lot. Happy memories…but we’ll trek there again sometime.

When it comes to food and drink, we’ve never really craved much. We both love different foods so past cravings are usually forgotten about. Barry has asked for friends to bring out Midget Gems (sweets) on occasions but apart from that…well, one day we were chatting and I can’t remember how we got onto the subject but we ended up really craving crumpets! And as we talked more about them, ohhh, how we wanted a crumpet. So, when we have friends coming to see us, they always ask us if we need anything. This time’s request was a pack of crumpets (little treat) and crumpet rings – we can sort the craving as and when if we learn how to make crumpets.

Homemade Crumpets

The first crumpet attempts in the pan

Fortunately, we have the sort of friends who don’t feel the need to say, ‘What?‘ when we make odd requests. These two friends hunted around for some crumpet rings for us and finally found some a day or two before they flew to Turkey. We ate the packet of crumpets they brought out for us and then, the other day, we christened the crumpet rings.

Homemade Crumpets

The first home made crumpet

If you know crumpets, you’ll be able to see that the consistency wasn’t quite right. But it wasn’t far off – and the taste was absolutely perfect. Butter and jam on top. Mmmmm. That sorted the craving. We’re wondering if maybe the room wasn’t warm enough to kick the yeast into action because it was a bit of air that was missing from the crumpet…and so we decided to give pikelets a go. The flat crumpet.
Homemade Pikelets

An array of British Turkey craving quashers

A work of genius. And actually, I should point out that I’m using the royal ‘we’ here. Barry is in charge of crumpets – and pikelets. The mixture made 4 experimental (and good) crumpets and, as you can see, numerous pikelets. We’ve just finished the last two today…

Homemade Pikelets with Jam

Home made pikelet with butter and jam

…served hot with butter and jam…craving abated. Let’s get back to all things Turkish…

If you’re reading this and wondering what on earth a crumpet is, you’re missing out. It’s a Delia Smith mixture of 1tbsp yeast, 225g flour, 1 tsp baking powder, salt. Once cooked, you stick them under the grill, crisp them up a little, let your butter melt on top and then, if you want, add jam. (We highly recommend the jam!)

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  1. Kaya Koyu Walker says

    I used Su’s recipe from the Fethiye Times a few years back and they turned out pretty well. Well, the dogs didn’t get any of them.

  2. oh God, oh God, did you HAVE to? Did you really have to?

    Am now sitting here overwhelmed by desperate, unfulfillable desire for crumpets.

    That was so mean.


  3. Cheese toasted in top of a crumpet is always good… as is marmite! ;0)

  4. I had a craving for crumpets about three months ago. A friend bought some out for me and hubby ate them all! I nearly cried.

  5. Kaya Koyu Walker – we’re trying many different mixtures to see which works best so will give this a try.

    Carolinefo – I know, sorry. I actually debated whether to post about crumpets as it’s not really much to do with Turkey, is it? However, I decided most people love crumpets!:)

    Trunch Lane – We just can’t do marmite! No! Cheese though – that’s an interesting one.

    Natalie – I WOULD have cried! And hubby wouldn’t have been spoken to for a while, either. 🙂

  6. @Natalie And you are STILL married to this man……?

  7. I have never had a crumpet, or knew what went into making them! They look delicious, thanks for sharing :)!

  8. From this Amy, I’m guessing you’re not British. 🙂
    Crumpets are a very simple dream food – as you can see from thbe other comments. They should be much more airy than this but our mixture didn’t quite work out.

  9. I don’t have a clue either what crumpets are, so I can’t crave them. Now, thanks to you, I read a blog about Turkey and learn about crumpets. That I call a truly international spirit.Thanks you for your kind words about Agatha and the Pera Palace.

  10. We do our best Inka – to be international 🙂 You’re missing out if you don’t try a crumpet!

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