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Vanilla crumpets

Vanilla crumpets with cinnamon cream

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Crumpet batter should be smooth before being left to prove, so using a Vitamix is the perfect kitchen assistant for making these classic British crumpets. Use agave and vanilla to sweeten slightly in place of sugar for a healthier morning treat. Crumpets take a little patience, but they are worth the effort.

Ingredients

  • Vanilla crumpets

  • 2 tbsp of agave syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 500ml of milk, slightly warmed
  • 7g of fast-action dried yeast
  • 100g of plain flour
  • 200g of strong white flour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tbsp of warm water
  • butter, or oil, to grease the crumpet rings
  • Cinnamon cream

  • 150ml of double cream
  • 1 pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbsp of icing sugar, optional
1
To begin, add the agave and vanilla to the warmed milk. Tip in the yeast, stir well and leave for 5 minutes
2
Sieve the flours together
3
Pour a third of the milk mixture into the Vitamix container and add a third of the flour. Blend for 5–10 second on Variable 2
4
Add a further third of the milk and flour and blend for 5–10 seconds, still on Variable 2
5
Add the remaining third of milk and flour and blend for 10 seconds, using the tamper if necessary to push down any flour at the top
6
Transfer to a large bowl and stir through to make sure all the flour is incorporated. Cover with cling film and leave in a warm place for 30 minutes
7
After 30 minutes, the crumpet batter will have risen and will be quite bubbly. Mix the bicarbonate of soda with the warm water, pour into the crumpet batter and stir. Cover again and leave for a further 20 minutes
8
Melt a little butter (or use sunflower oil) and using kitchen paper, wipe a little butter or oil over a large frying pan. Grease the inside of the rings well. Place the crumpet rings in the pan and once hot, pour in 2 large tablespoons of batter and cook on a medium heat for 5 minutes. Bubbles should start to form and then pop. Carefully flip the crumpets over in their rings and cook for a further 2–3 minutes
9
Carefully remove from the pan and leave the crumpets to cool slightly before pushing them gently to release them from the rings
10
Re-grease the rings and heat again before repeating the process to cook the remaining crumpets
11
Add the cream, cinnamon and sugar (if using) to the Vitamix container and secure the lid. Select Variable 1, switch the machine to Start and slowly increase the speed to Variable 10. Blend for approximately 20 seconds until whipped
12
Serve the crumpets warm with a dollop of cinnamon cream and lashings of jam

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