These eggy crumpets are as easy as they are yummy.
They're cheesy, delicious and can can be whipped up in a jiffy. Once baked in the oven, they make for a fantastically tasty meal.
This recipe feeds one person, with a 2 eggy crumpet recipe, but you can of course multiply the ingredients to make more.
- 2 crumpets
- 1 medium free range eggs
- 1 tbsp milk
- 40g (1.5 oz) grated cheese
- salt and pepper
- sprig fresh parsley
Preheat the oven to 200C/390F (180C/355F fan). Beat the egg and milk together.
Season well with salt and pepper.
Put two egg rings on an oiled baking sheet and push the crumpets to the bottom inside - it needs to be a snug fit.
Whisk the eggs and milk together and pour evenly on top of the crumpets into the rings.
Sprinkle the cheese on top of each one.
Bake in the oven for around 7-10 minutes, until bubbly and set through.
Allow to cool a little, then lift off the rings.
Serve with a sprinkling of parsley and a pinch of ground pepper.
Pointers, tricks and troubleshooting tips for the perfect baked eggy crumpets
Are baked eggy crumpets easy to make?
These baked crumpets are so easy to make, and they feel like a real treat. You’ll be able to whip these crumpets up in no time at all, with ingredients you likely have in the cupboard already.
Will I need any special equipment for this recipe?
You should be able to find everything you need in most kitchens. A small bowl to fork together with the egg, milk, and seasoning. A greased baking tray, and two egg rings per portion. The egg rings are important to help stop all that lovely eggy goodness escaping from the crumpets. The full list of equipment can be found in the recipe card below.
Where can I buy crumpets?
Crumpets are easily available in most supermarkets across the UK, they are also popular in New Zealand, Canada, and Australia but outside of that, you might be a bit hard-pressed to find them.
Are baked eggy crumpets suitable for vegetarians?
Yes, these yummy satisfying crumpets can easily be made vegetarian by making sure to use vegetarian cheese grated on top of your eggy crumpets.
Are baked eggy crumpets suitable for vegans?
As this recipe contains egg and dairy milk, as well as dairy cheese they are not suitable for vegans.
Some good news, a lot of ready-made crumpets are suitable for vegans, just check they don’t contain milk and you could make a version of this yummy breakfast simply top your crumpets with a vegan cheese that melts well and bake until the cheese is all melty and bubbling.
Are baked eggy crumpets gluten-free?
I’ve used wheat-based crumpets for this recipe, however if you need to make this gluten-free you can use gluten-free crumpets instead. Make sure anything else you plan to serve with the crumpets is gluten-free too.
Are baked eggy crumpets safe to eat while pregnant?
Advice regarding egg safety during pregnancy does differ depending on where you live, so please check information local to you. In the UK eggs are produced to the Red Lion code which is a food safety standard that monitors production and quality.
Other than the eggs, there isn’t anything in this recipe that would usually pose a risk to pregnant people as long as all the ingredients are in good condition, and the crumpets are cooked hygienically. Make sure to use cheese that's made with pasteurised milk, and avoid substituting in a soft or mould ripened cheese.
A Mummy Too does not give medical advice, if you have any concerns please speak to a qualified health professional.
Are baked eggy crumpets suitable for babies and toddlers?
As long as they are happily eating solid foods these baked egg crumpets would be suitable.
When cooking for small children they do not need any extra salt in their diet, so make sure not to season the egg with salt if you’re making this for little ones.
Allow the crumpets to cool, and cut them into manageable pieces before serving to toddlers. Crumpets are a great texture for them to try and extra yummy with all that eggy cheese goodness so hopefully, these will be a hit!
The NHS website has some really great guidance and information on how and what to feed babies and small children.
What goes well with baked eggy crumpets?
I love having these baked eggy crumpets with a handful of quickly roasted cherry tomatoes.
As the oven is on before you start preparing the crumpets, cut a handful of cherry tomatoes in half and pop them on a baking sheet or oven dish, drizzle with a little oil and season to taste, put them in the oven and they should be ready by the time the crumpets are done.
Can I make these baked eggy crumpets dairy-free?
Yes, with a few adjustments and swops you can make these delicious crumpets diary-free.
Firstly check the crumpets themselves are dairy-free, for the egg mix you can use neutral plant milk or leave the milk out entirely, just keep in mind the egg will be a little thicker in the crumpet without some sort of milk.
The cheese on top can be replaced with vegan cheese, or lactose-free cheese if that's suitable.
Remember this will just make these crumpets dairy-free, not vegan as they still contain egg.
I haven’t got crumpets, can I use English muffins?
Not really, the porous nature of crumpets makes them the perfect base to absorb the eggy mixture, if you tried to use English muffins the egg mix will likely pool on top, or leak out and spread over the tray.
Can I add extra cheese to this recipe?
For me, there is enough cheese on these crumpets to melt beautifully and not overpower the other flavours, you can add a little more if you wish but I wouldn’t recommend adding much more than I have.
How should I store baked eggy crumpets?
I find these crumpets are the kind of thing that is best eaten freshly made.
That said, if you’ve made extra they can be cooled and kept in the fridge, either in a suitable container or well covered on a plate.
How long do baked eggy crumpets keep?
Any leftover baked crumpets will keep in the fridge for a couple of days. If you have lots of crumpets leftover that you’re not going to get through you can pop them in the freezer following the packet instructions.
Can I leave baked eggy crumpets out on the counter?
These crumpets contain fresh eggs and dairy so should not be left out on the counter, make sure to get any leftovers into the fridge as soon as you can.
Can I make baked eggy crumpets ahead?
Personally, I prefer these crumpets freshly baked, and as they are so quick to make there's not much you can prep beforehand.
That said, if you enjoy them cold or don’t mind reheating them then you can make a batch up, cool, and keep them in the fridge for up to 2 days until you’re ready to eat them.
Can I keep baked eggy crumpets in the refrigerator?
Yes, any leftovers need to be kept in the fridge, cool and pop them into a suitable container.
Can I freeze baked eggy crumpets?
I haven’t tried freezing this recipe as I never seem to have any leftovers!
They should freeze ok, pop a piece of greaseproof paper between each crumpet to stop them from sticking together, and try and store them in a container or freezer bag with as little air space as possible.
They will keep in the freezer for up to a month. Thaw out in the fridge overnight before reheating, once thawed consume within 24 hours.
What is the best way to reheat baked eggy crumpets?
You can reheat these baked crumpets in the microwave for speed, but this might make them go a bit soggy so I would recommend reheating them in the oven.
Preheat the oven to 180C/355F(160C/320F Fan) pop your crumpets onto a lightly grease baking sheet, cover with tin foil, and heat in the oven for 5 minutes, remove the tin foil and return to the oven so the tops can crisp up, for a few minutes. Make sure the middles are piping hot before serving.
Can I make baked eggy crumpets in a different quantity?
Yes, if you would like to make more of these lovely crumpets head down to the recipe card below where you’ll see the servings is set to 1. Click or hover over the number and a little slide bar will pop up, move the slider up to the number of servings you want to make and all the ingredients will update automatically.
Remember you’ll need an egg ring for each crumpet so you may need to bake them in batches.
Can I make baked eggy crumpets without egg rings?
If you don’t have egg rings this recipe may be a little tricky as they stop all the egg escaping. If you have any small oven dishes that crumpets would fit snugly into this may work, but ideally use egg rings if you can.
Can I grill/broil my eggy crumpets?
It’s best to bake these crumpets in the oven rather than trying to grill them.
The direct heat of the grill will melt the cheese on top beautifully but the eggy crumpet won’t be able to cook through properly before the top burns.
How can I make sure my baked eggy crumpets are perfectly cooked?
Preheat the oven, so it's nice and hot ready to bake your crumpets to perfection when they go in.
It’s also important to get your crumpets snuggly into the egg rings, and lightly grease the tray so everything doesn’t stick.
Once you’ve poured in the egg mix and topped with cheese, bake in the oven for about 8 minutes. You’ll know they are ready when the cheese is all melted and is starting to gently colour around the edge.
Why did my baked eggy crumpets turn out dry and burnt?
This could be because the crumpets were in the oven too long, or the oven was too hot. Next time, set a timer so you remember to check on them. And if you find things burning in your oven a lot it might be worth getting an oven thermometer. The temperature dial on some ovens isn’t the most accurate so you can use your oven thermometer to check the temperature instead.
Why did my baked eggy crumpets turn out wet and soggy?
If you put the crumpets into the oven before it had a chance to warm up they won’t cook in time so the eggy mixture will still be wet inside the crumpet.
All is not lost, you can return the crumpets to the oven until they are cooked. You want the cheese to be melted and turning golden brown, this is usually a good sign that the eggy crumpet is also cooked.
Why did my crumpets get stuck in the rings?
If you leave them to cool for a minute or two the crumpets should slip out, be careful as the egg rings will be very hot. You can carefully run a sharp knife around the edge to release them.
Next time try greasing the egg rings as well as the baking sheet you're cooking them on, this should help them pop out more easily.
How can I add/change the flavours in my baked eggy crumpets?
You can use any cheese you like on the top, goats cheese is a favourite in our house, or try some blue cheese if you like things a bit stronger. And why not even serve your crumpets with a complimentary chutney like this fruit chutney, yum!
What is the origin of crumpets?
Crumpets are a type of small bread cooked on a griddle rather than in the oven. And unlike similar shape and size breads like English muffins, crumpets are made with a batter rather than dough of flour, yeast and milk.
They have a spongy porous texture perfect for absorbing flavours. Originating in the British Isle, there was once quite a bit of variation in crumpets, sometimes called pikelets across the country, with distinct regional differences. Since mass production of crumpets began in the 1950s this has somewhat been lost.
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Quick and tasty eggy crumpets
- 2 crumpets
- 1 medium free range eggs
- 1 tbsp milk
- 40 g (1.4 oz) grated cheese vegetarian if required
- salt and pepper
- sprig fresh parsley
- Preheat the oven to 200C/390F (180C/355F fan). Beat the egg and milk together.
- Season well with salt and pepper.
- Put two egg rings on an oiled baking sheet and push the crumpets to the bottom inside - it needs to be a snug fit.
- Whisk the eggs and milk together and pour evenly on top of the crumpets into the rings.
- Sprinkle the cheese on top of each one.
- Bake in the oven for around 7-10 minutes, until bubbly and set through.
- Allow to cool a little, then lift off the rings.
- Serve with a sprinkling of parsley and a pinch of ground pepper.
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