French Crumpets

A hybrid of my two favourite things: French toast and crumpets. To turn it into something more substantial, you could pop a fried egg or some fried tomatoes – or both – on top and call it dinner.

Serves 1 / Prep time: 10 minutes / Cook time: 6-8 minutes


  • 1 free-range egg
  • ¼ cup milk or cream
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 crumpets
  • a decent knob of butter
  • toppings — jam, honey, lemon juice and sugar, sliced strawberries, whipped cream


Whisk egg, milk or cream, salt and sugar in a bowl. Dip the crumpets in the mixture, letting them soak up as much liquid as possible. Put a frying pan over a medium heat and add the butter. When it foams, add the dipped crumpets. Cook for 3 or 4 minutes on each side, until golden brown. To serve, anoint with the chosen toppings and eat while drinking a strong cup of tea.

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Extracted from Homecooked by Lucy Corry, published by Penguin Random House NZ, RRP $55.00. Text © Lucy Corry 2021. Photography © Carolyn Robertson, 2021


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