I was introduced to Rachel Khoo by photographer Keiko Oikawa and stylist Elodie Rambaud, both of whom had many wonderful things to say about Rachel’s work. Rachel is currently working on her second cookbook, so it was quite an honor that she took time out of her crazy hectic schedule to share and shoot a recipe with us. Crumpets are a British classic, but she has jazzed them up with raspberry curd with long pepper. The crumpets are very easy to make, and who doesn’t love a good hot crumpet with your favorite topping, really?? Make a surprise for someone this weekend and see what they say! -Kristina
About Rachel: Rachel Khoo graduated from Central St Martins with a degree in Art and Design, and after working for a luxury brand in PR she followed her passion for cooking to Paris where she studied French at the Sorbonne and patisserie at Le Cordon Bleu. As a food creative she produces, styles and writes about food from her Parisian base. Her workshops and culinary events are held throughout Europe and Australia. Her first book “Barres à céreales, muesli et granola maison” (Homemade muesli bars, muesli and granola) was published in January this year. Her second book “Pâtes à tartiner” (Homemade spreads), published by Marabout, was released this week. She has recently returned from participating in a series of culinary events for the Victorian “State of design festival” in Melbourne.
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225g plain flour ( 1 3/4 cups plus a a tablespoon)
1/2 packet (1 1/2 tsp) instant yeast
1/2 tsp sugar
175g milk (3/4 cup)
175g water (3/4 cup)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp soya lecithin powder (optional but it does help the bubbles)
1 tsp baking soda
4 crumpet rings or 7.5cm/3in plain pastry cutters, greased
Soft butter to grease rings
Mix all the ingredients together apart from the salt, soya lecithin powder and bicarbonate of soda and leave to ferment for 1-2 hours until it’s bubbly nicely. Once bubbly nicely mix in the salt, soya lecithin powder and baking soda.
Place the greased ring down and immediately ladle enough to fill the ring maximum 3/4 full. Don’t overfill as the mixture will bubble over.
Keep the batter refrigerated when not using, this will slow down the “bubbling” effect of the bicarbonate of soda and yeast (which is what you need when you come to cook your crumpets).
Cooking time will depend on the thickness of the mixture and the heat of the pan. Cook until the crumpet top has solidified and then remove the ring. Flip over and cook for a further 2 minutes.
Crumpets can be easily frozen and popped in the toaster whenever fancied.
Raspberry & long pepper curd
Long pepper used to be a key spice in ancient Roman and Greek cuisine but was later favoured for the round black pepper which is frequently used in Western cuisine. Now a days long pepper is commonly found in Indonesian cuisine. It is less piquant than the round black pepper and has a sweet almost liquorice like aroma which works beautifully with raspberries. This curd recipe works equally well with strawberries too.
If you can’t find it at your Asian grocer or food specialist shop, fresh ground black pepper will work too.
300g raspberries, fresh or frozen (2.5 cups)
2 tbsps water
1 tsp of finely grated long pepper
200g Sugar (1 cup)
100g Butter, cut into small cubes (7 tbsp)
Pinch of salt
In a medium saucepan, mix together the raspberries, water, sugar, eggs, pepper and salt. Once the raspberries have broken down a little and the mixture has started to bubble, add the butter. Continue to whisking until the butter is melted.
Increase the heat and cook over moderate heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens and just begins to become jelly-like. It’s done when you lift the whisk and the mixture holds its shape when it falls back into the saucepan from the whisk.
Immediately press the curd through a nylon sieve or jam bag. Once strained, pour the curd in a container or sterilised jar and store the refrigerator. It will keep for about 3 weeks.
Why this recipe?
Living in Paris as a Brit makes you sometimes crave for some home comforts. A crumpet is certainly one of them. Mine never turn out as ‘hole-y’ as commercial ones but taste just as delicious (if not even more than) as bought ones.
Portrait by Leo Farrell