Product Type: Warburtons Snacks
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The thinking man's crumpet
Member Name: boris04
Advantages: Delicious, versatile, filling snack
Disadvantages: May have too much salt for some
I'm rather partial to the odd strumpet. Whoops, I mean crumpet but they have to be Warburtons. Apparently they are not only my favourite but the nation's too.
Crumpets were traditionally baked on a griddle. Their predominant ingredients are simply flour and yeast. The characteristic crumpet 'crater' like holes are made by the addition of extra baking powder to the yeasty dough.
The 6 crumpets come in a see through packet and a cheery yellow cardboard sleeve upon which they sit. There is a picture of a crumpet with butter and the words 'good morning' on the sleeve leading you to believe the crumpet should be eaten for breakfast. I think Warburtons are slightly underplaying the crumpets versatility here as they are definitely suited to being eaten at any point in the day. As like the majority of crumpets, Warburtons are circular shaped and have their crater holes on the top whilst their bottom is a deep golden colour and super smooth. They are just under 2cm in thickness, which is quite a bit thicker than other brands of crumpet.
Before being toasted and spread with butter the crumpet is unfortunately bland tasting and not really a pleasurable experience to eat, in fact it is much better to play Frisbee with. They also have an unusual (well not for crumpets) soft spongy but slightly rubbery and resilient texture. Have faith though, what a toaster does for a crumpet is a truly wondrous thing. Due to their extra thickness these tend to take a bit longer to cook than your average crumpet. I generally find they need a good 4-5 minutes toasting (grill or toaster), of course depending on your preferred level of crispiness. I like mine really crisp on the outside, yet still soft in the middle.
They smell appetisingly wheat like and freshly baked whilst toasting. Of course, once toasted, they need spreading with butter. Warburton's crumpets have superior crater holes. In that, they are on the large side which means they keep absorbing the butter that is spread on them and this creates mouth watering pockets of melted butter within the crumpet, which burst out and release in the mouth as you take a bite. The crumpets taste a lot lighter than others but actually do a better job of filling me up. You can taste the salt in them (which I will mention more about shortly) for me this is a good thing as I like salt but of course for those watching their salt intake not so good.
If I'm feeling in a savoury mood then I like to half toast mine, spread them with butter, whack on some grated cheddar and place under the grill. Just as the cheese starts to bubble I give them each a splash of Worcestershire Sauce and them put them back under the grill for 30 seconds. Delicious. Otherwise, its butter and raspberry jam all the way for me.
For those that need to know these things. The crumpets are suitable for Vegetarians and they also contain gluten and wheat. They may also contain egg, milk and soya.
As far as things go, the crumpet on its own is low in fat and comes in at 0.3g. Though it does have 100 kcal and a fairly whopping 1.0g of salt and hence the saltiness. Of course these nutritional values do not account for the generous spread of butter the crumpet also needs to make it moist.
If you need it here is the nutritional information:
Per crumpet (58g)
Energy 100 kcal
Carbohydrate 20.9g of which is sugars 1.2g
Fat 0.4g of which saturates 0.1g
Sodium 0.40g and Salt 1.00g
Warburton's crumpets are available at most supermarkets and cost around the 75p mark. They do need to be kept in a cool dry place because they don't keep ever so well (though they can be frozen) and once opened they can dry out within a few days.
Summary: A simple and delicious snack, just toast and add butter.