Before I ever heard the names Hercule Poirot, Kogoro Akechi, and C. Auguste Dupin, I was captivated by mysteries. I loved putting the pieces together to find out “Who done it?” I’d always pay extra attention to episodes and movies about detectives, so it was only a matter of time until I met the famous Basil of Baker Street. I didn’t even know about Sherlock Holmes yet, but I found the whole detective dynamic with the hero, his partner, and the villain absolutely brilliant. Especially when I wanted to root for Basil and Dr. Dawson, but Vincent Price kept pulling me over to Professor Ratigan’s side. I had good taste.
Speaking of good taste, I need to talk about the movie’s unsung hero, Mrs. Judson. She’s an angel for being able to put up with Basil and his eccentricities. Not only that, she makes the most delightful looking cheese crumpets. Sure, hers are baked in muffin tins so they don’t have the classic shape, but they do keep their familiar nooks and crannies. Call them whatever you want. (Baked crumpets. Bread Muffins.) I call them delicious.
Recipe makes 16 crumpets.
1 ½ cups warm milk (105-115 degrees F)
¾ cup warm water (105-115 degrees F)
2 ½ teaspoons yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter, melted
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups bread flour
1 cup shredded cheese, cheddar or any other kind you want
In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm milk and water. Let rest for 5 minutes or until foamy. Meanwhile, melt the butter and set aside to cool slightly. Add the salt, baking soda, melted butter, and both flours to the yeast mixture. Stir until well combined. Cover the bowl and allow the batter to rise for 30 minutes.
Add cheese to the batter and stir to incorporate it. Scoop the batter into greased muffin tins about two-thirds of the way full. Allow the batter to rest in the tins for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Bake the crumpets until they are lightly golden and done, 20 minutes. Remove the muffin tins from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove the crumpets from the tins and enjoy!
Olivia Flaversham has her priorities straight when she fills her pockets with yummy cheese crumpets before going adventuring. The poor girl’s been through a lot. She deserves them. I need them just from watching Fidget kidnap Mr. Flaversham. That really frightened me when I was little. But in a good way because there isn’t a thing I didn’t like about this movie. That still holds true, so I figure it was only natural that I’d grow up to be a detective nerd. Well, I’ve got to run, so, “With time so short, I’ll say so long. And go, so soon. Goodbye.”
Tune in next week for more Cartoon Cravings!