There's a storm coming - and that means it's time to eat comfort food. What could be more comforting than hot, toasted crumpets, dripping with melted butter? Not a lot, if you ask me.
I used to eat a lot of crumpets, back in the pre-coeliac days. In fact, they were probably one of the only wheat-based products I actually liked! I don't remember ever trying any gluten free ones, so I was pleased to see Genius have brought out a range of gluten free crumpets, and even more pleased when they offered to send me some samples.
When the samples arrived, I realised these were quite fragile things. They'd got a little bit battered around the edges, but apart from a few bits breaking off they hadn't disintegrated - a positive sign. They come in packs of four, so I popped two into the toaster and waited eagerly, butter knife poised.
I chose to have mine slathered in butter, with a good helping of Marmite. This, to me, is THE ultimate way of eating crumpets - though Steve opted to have his with just butter, and Mum suggested trying them with jam or even Nutella. The possibilities are endless, but I liked keeping mine on the savoury side of things.
I thought the texture of these were good - the first lot I don't think I toasted enough, because they still had that trademark 'gluten free', slightly mouth-drying texture in the middle. But I whacked the next two in the toaster for a minute or two longer and was much more impressed. The butter dripped through the holes in them, the outside was toasted with a bit of a crunch and the inside was really moist and soft.
Mum tried these too and was impressed - she said they were pretty close to the 'real' thing, which is always a good sign for me!
I'm definitely noticing more and more gluten free products coming onto the market now. Having different variations of bread and muffins can get a bit repetitive, so it's nice to see things like crumpets coming onto the market. Overall I was impressed by these - and needless to say they didn't last very long!
To find out more about Genius and their crumpets, click here.