What's the difference between a crumpet and pikelet? A good question, because there isn't really a difference in flavour. Crumpets and pikelets are both raised bread products made with yeast, and they're both baked on a griddle (although a frying pan works just as well). If there is a difference "Proper" crumpets are thick and usually cooked in a circular mould with a top covered in little open bubbles. When toasted and buttered, the melted butter oozes into these holes, producing a crispy, buttery honeycomb with a crunchy exterior. A pikelet is usually flatter and less regularly shaped as you simply spoon a small amount of batter out rather than filling up a mould.... quicker to prepare but still all the little wells to hold the the lovely melted butter. The verdict...they both taste delicious.
We can purchase crumpets at the local grocery store, but I don't really like the flavour of the brand we get these days. The company uses too much baking soda for all those airy holes to collect the butter. I woke up this morning craving something "yeasty"so opted for a blast from my past. They say that if your body is craving something specific you are missing certain nutrients in your diet. For example fatty fried foods, salty foods, chocolate...etc. Check this out .This is a recipe my mom and dad sent me and is in our family cookbook.
I like my pikelets slathered in butter...forget the jam :D
**Mom and Dad's Pikelets**
(although they must be crumpets....)
Mix 1/2 oz of fresh yeast ( or 1 package dry) and 1 tsp of salt with 8 oz (1 cup) of bread flour. Heat 1/2 pint (1-1/4 cups) of mixed milk and water in a saucepan until just warm. Add to dry ingredients and beat well until free from lumps. Let rise in bowl for about 30 minutes.When the mixture starts to drop beat in 1/4 tsp of bicarbonate soda (baking soda) in 4 tablespoons of cold water. Fold in the lightly beaten white of an egg.Pour batter into molds sprayed with Pam or buttered onto hot griddle. The other option would be to pour batter like pancakes. When the surface is dry flip and brown the other side.
Serve warm or toast later with butter or jam. :D
Makes 12 pikelets