It’s always interesting the foods and equipment that you can find in foreign countries and those you cannot. English muffins are readily available here (well a German version to be precise) whilst crumpets are no where to be seen. You can buy them at expat shops, but it’s Sunday when the shops are closed and being me, I decided to have a try at making my own.  The ideal is to make the crumpets using ‘egg rings’ which enable the crumpets to hold their shape and I daresay easier to flip also but I’ve not been able to find any, so I decided to just make two pan sized ones!

I needed to buy quite a bit of cooking equipment here in Leipzig when I first moved here and my choices have been limited to large department stores that are quite pricey (a bit like Australia’s Myers or David Jones) or Euro shops that have limited stock. I like Ikea but it necessitates a bus trip to Halle about 30 minutes away. I miss having loads of Asian discount stores and Kmart for cheap but functional kitchen equipment!

Anyway, give these crumpets a try (rings or not) and see how you go. You’ll need at least an hour free with rising and cooking times. You could even make the batter the night before for breakfast although it would taste far more yeasty (in this situation I’d probably halve the yeast due to the longer fermenting/proofing of the dough).


  • 3  and 1/2 cup  flour
  • 2 tbsp dairy free butter
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp dry yeast (or 2 sachets)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 cup dairy free milk (I used oat milk)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder dissolved in 1/4 cup warm water (or you could use self raising flour of course and omit the baking powder)


  1. In a bowl or cup stir together yeast and 1 cup of water. Let stand for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Warm milk and butter in a saucepan or the microwave but do not boil or make too hot or you will kill the yeast. You’re aiming for lukewarm.
  3. Add flour, salt and sugar to a bowl and stir well.
  4.  Add warm milk and  butter and mix until the batter become smooth. I added an extra half cup of water to assist this.
  5. Let stand for 30 minutes in a warm place.
  6. Stir in baking powder dissolved in water and leave to rise 20 to 30 minutes.
  7. Grease non-stick fry pan and heat over medium-low heat.
  8. Reduce heat to low, pour in batter and cook crumpets until tops look dry, about 15 minutes. A low heat enables them to bubble nicely and cook through without burning the bottom in the pan
  9. Flip them over and cook for about 5 minutes.
    1. Serve toasted with more dairy free spread, jam, Vegemite or golden syrup. Delish!

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