Sunday, May 16, 2010

Spiced cheese crumpets

I got the idea for crumpets with a savoury topping from a magazine recipe. The harissa reflects my perverse taste for chilli with everything, and is obviously optional - though a pinch or two of cayenne pepper would be a nice, less controversial alternative.

The egg causes the mixture to puff up appealingly. If you were using twice as much cheese, you might mix it with a whole beaten egg rather than with two yolks.

Makes three crumpets

80g grated cheese, such as Cheddar or Gruyere
1 egg yolk
1tsp harissa
1tsp mustard
(Also possible, instead of the harissa: Worcester sauce, nutmeg, black pepper, cayenne)

Toast the crumpets. Mash up the cheese and other ingredients with a fork.

Spread the mixture on the crumpets, and grill (I use the lowest setting) until puffed up and browned.


elwyn said...

Thank you for the idea of cooking crumpets with grated cheese. I only have seen crumpets served with butter and jam or honey. Our grandchildren (aged three and five) love crumpets and by incorporating an egg with the cheese we would feel they were getting a more nutritious meal than if they just ate them with butter.

Nicholas Clee said...

Various gurus advise getting children to eat by incorporating food we want them to eat with food they like. It has never worked with mine, though!