Who doesn’t love Star Wars (not me, that’s for sure!). As an Englishman, I’m also partial to a good crumpet. So what better breakfast could I make than a freshly baked Darth Vader crumpet?!
I usually buy traditional crumpets from the supermarket. They come in neat little cardboard and plastic packets, but they’re nowhere near as tasty as homemade ones. Here are the store-bought ones I’m talking about:
Yes, they’re pretty cheap and you can whack them in the toaster (usually from frozen because I’m a lazy shopper), but where’s the fun in that? While watching Return of the Jedi one evening, my stomach rumbled and I jumped up (after hitting pause, naturally) to make a quick and tasty snack. Then, as I was chowing down on a nice crispy Warbuton crumpet I had a brainwave! What if I could combine my two passions, Star Wars and crumpets? Better still, what if I could transform regular crumpets into Darth Vader crumpets? And so, an idea was born.
Quick educational note: did you know that the crumpet was first invented in the 14th century and early incarnations were known as ‘crompid cakes’? Sadly for the rest of the world, crumpets are still a very British pursuit but I’m hoping this inspired Darth Vader version will help bridge the cultural divide and finally bring the deliciousness of crumpets to the masses.
If you’d like to start your day off with a hot, buttery crumpet shaped like the Sith lord, here’s how to make your very own. I’m still tinkering with the recipe so feedback is much appreciated (and send a photo of your own creations if you like!).
STEP 1: Gather the ingredients
According to the BBC, you’ll need the following ingredients in order to make traditional British crumpets:
175g strong white flour
175g plain flour
14g instant yeast
1 tsp sugar
350ml warm milk
150ml warm water
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp salt
oil for cooking
If you have a gluten or wheat allergy, I recommend trying an alternative flour like corn or rice, but you’ll notice a little difference in texture.
STEP 2: Make the basic crumpet batter
- Mix the flour and yeast
- Dissolve sugar in the warm milk, add to flour mixture.
- Beat with wooden spoon until smooth. The more you beat, the fluffier your crumpets will be (fluffy crumpets are the tastiest).
- Cover the batter and go and look for nice images of Darth Vader on the Internet.
- 1 hour later, mix the bicarb, salt and warm water. Mix the liquid into the batter. TIP: add a little at a time and mix thoroughly before adding more.
- Cover and rest the batter for 20 minutes. You can watch a little bit of A New Hope to pass the time.
STEP 3: Use the force!
Here’s where the fun bit begins! Get super creative and try anything you can to make your fresh crumpets look like Darth Vader. Some of the best ideas I’ve come up with include:
- Tip a bottle (or maybe a few drops) of black food colouring into the batter. Yes, your crumpets will look burnt before they’re even cooked, but they’ll also be the colour of Darth Vader. Alternatively, you could just focus on burning some shop-bought crumpets.
- Use a pre-made Darth Vader mould to cook the batter in.
- Ice your crumpets to resemble Darth Vader. Here are some style ideas:
STEP 4: Cook that batter
Raw batter does not taste good (I tried). To cook your Darth Vader crumpets, simply:
- Heat a flat, heavy-based pan over a medium heat.
- Lightly grease crumpet rings or the Darth Vader moulds.
- Pour two dessert spoons of batter into each mould.
- Wait 4/5 minutes until bubbles appear (if you went with the black dye option, this might be tricky to spot).
- Turn the crumpets over and cook for 3 more minutes.
Serve warm or reheat at a later date.
And there you have it, amazingly original and quite scrumptious Darth Vader crumpets to show to your friends. If course, now you’re a Star Wars crumpet-making expert there’s nothing stopping you branching out and making Yoda crumpets, Stormtrooper crumpets or even Princess Leia crumpets. Enjoy your breakfast!