Fresh Crumpets with Blueberry-Vanilla Preserves

Did you eat crumpets while growing up?
I didn't, but my friends and I would 'serve' imaginary crumpets at our teddy bear tea parties when we were preschoolers, though we didn't exactly know what crumpets were. "Tea and Crumpets" was a saying we had heard, so tea and crumpets it was.

It wasn't until I was in my twenties that I actually tasted my first crumpet. They were not readily available in my area so I made my own. Yum!
Similar to an English Muffin crumpets are usually smaller and the texture is more dense.

The batter goes together in moments, develops for 30 minutes then is scooped into round rings and cooked on a griddle or skillet for about 12 minutes.

I have tried all kinds of cooking forms to make the crumpets, from the old-fashioned tuna cans (both ends removed), round cookie/biscuit cutters, and English Muffin rings ~ but my favorite are these non-stick 3-inch egg cooking rings with handles.

They are a dream to use. No struggle at all with sticking issues or handling the hot rings.

Of course, they also make perfectly formed eggs for pretty presentations when plating, and neat breakfast sandwiches ~ a la Mickey D's. ...:D

The Blueberry-Vanilla Preserves can be made in minutes; blueberries (fresh or frozen), sugar or Splenda, water, a little lemon juice cooked for a few minutes to thicken, then removed from heat then the vanilla is stirred in off heat. Transferred to a clean jar it will last, refrigerated for one week. It is very good.

You can top the crumpets with anything you like ~ honey, maple syrup, any jams or spreads.

But sometimes I just like them split, toasted and spread with butter. :)

If you would like printable copies for these recipes you can find them on the Once Upon a Plate Recipe blog ~ HERE.

A big thank you to Michael at Designs by Gollum for hosting Foodie Fridays!

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  1. Gorgeous pictures of delicious food! Fabulous post ... I have never made crumpets but am tempted to try them now. And the blueberry compote looks fab -- and we grow wonderful blueberries in New Jersey! Thanks!

  2. I have never eaten a crumpet but like you, the dolls and bears always shared tea and crumpets with me. Must be a fairytale thing. Thanks for your lovely pictures.

  3. My goodness you have lovely pictures on this blog! Makes me want to cook and set my table and all kinds of productive stuff. :) Thank you.

  4. I never knew what a crumpet was either... I thought it was like a scone or something. They always just seemed like something civilized you eat with tea. They look delicious.

  5. I love crumpets! I've never made them at home. These egg rings look like they'd be perfect for the job. As, always, your photos are unbelievable. ;)

  6. I'm not sure if I've tried these but sure look wonderful! These would be perfect for breakfast!

  7. The photos of the blueberry preserves and the crumpets says it all-just beautiful. I love english muffins and a thicker version would be delightful. The fact that you made these crumpets from scratch would be over the top!

  8. I love everything..including the rings and jar:) I am not only a little foodie but also a lover of pretty..

    You do it so well:)

  9. Worth waking up for! Like Monique, I want my food to look as good as it tastes. That's why you're a source of inspiration to me, Mari. How perfect are these?!

  10. I've made it to 60 without ever tasting a crumpet! Your photos are so appealing that I just might give this a whirl!

  11. Beautiful, Mari. Are the egg rings non-stick? I think I would like using them better than my stainless steel English muffin rings!

    The jam looks delicious, too!!

  12. how cute those little rings are, i thought they were baked, who knew! gorgeous pics, i am such a sucker for pretty...

    i hope you are reading and join in fwt next weekend, i would LOVE to SEE what you reading, you will have a blast letting the authors guide your food~

  13. Well, you've educated me. I had no idea what a crumpet was.

  14. Mari, those crumpets are beautiful..perfectly husband likes crumpets so I think I have no excuse now to make them! :))

    gorgeous pics!!

  15. Now I know what an actual crumpet looks like when I pretend at my daughter's tea parties. These are perfectly lovely and those preserves sound fabulous!

  16. You make this elegant and sophisticated breakfast sound so easy to make!

  17. It's 11:25 PM (CST) & you are making me drool! I love blueberries & would kill for some of the preserves right NOW! Send directions to your house!
    Beckie in Brentwood,TN

  18. Mari, what a spectacular presentation! Being served your Crumpets & Jam would be better than 'high tea' at the palace.

    I have always like the dense quality of a crumpet over Thomas English Muffins ~ they just can't be compared.

    Thanks to your post, I now can try and duplicate your amazing crumpets. Many thanks...

  19. Mari, Every time I come to visit I always know that I am in for a wonderful treat.
    I would love to try these crumpets.
    And this jam sounds so easy.
    I may look at our local kitchen shop for crumpet rings- Are they the same as egg rings?
    What a fun breakfast it will be!
    Have a good and blessed weekend,

  20. When growing up, I didn't know what a crumpet was like but I surely did pretend to offer it with tea to my teddy bears. Thanks to the books of Lucy Maud Montgomery, I read all about crumpets, tea, and cucumber sandwiches. YOUR CRUMPETS LOOK ABSOLUTELY SCRUMPTIOUS!!! Thanks for sharing!

  21. I think we all served crumpets at our imaginary tea parties having no clue what they really are. I guess there are some benefits to growing up; you get to have the real thing.

  22. Fresh, homemade crumpets...heavenly. I had them once in a little shop at Pike Place Market in Seattle. How wonderful to be able to make them at home.

  23. I have had crumpets and they are great! Love the cute little rings and the blueberry preserves look wonderful!

  24. Holy Kamoley....these are fabulous...
    I want to try these...I love the rings and the jar and well everything...
    Just fabulous!

  25. Absolutely beautiful photography....oh yes, the food is good too!

  26. I love crumpets, but I never thought about making them. I sometimes bring them home from specialty stores when we travel...I can never find them here. I am going to try this! Thank you.


  27. Your crumpets are beautiful! I discovered them maybe 2-3 years ago but mine don't look nearly as beautiful as yours. I'll have to try your recipe instead. And that blueberry preserve....oooohhh, I would be in heaven.

  28. Hi Mari - This jam recipe is on my to do list. Where in the world did you find such a cute little jam jar?


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