Inspired by the classic Croque Madame, this Madame Crumpet is the tastiest brunch you'll ever make!
Cost: £2 / $2.50
Large Baking Tray
Medium Non-Stick Pan, Whisk & Wooden Spoon (for bechamel)
Large Non-Stick Pan & Spatula/Turner (for eggs)
Small Pot (for dijon butter)
Fine Cheese Grater
Toaster (optional, can use grill)
- 6 Crumpets
- 6 Eggs
- 6 slices of Ham
- 1 cup / 240ml Milk, at room temp
- 3/4 cup / 75g Gruyere, finely grated
- 1/3 cup / 30g Parmesan, finely grated
- 5 tbsp Butter
- 2 tbsp Flour
- 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
- 1/8 tsp EACH: White Pepper, Nutmeg
- Salt, to taste
In a small pot combine 2 tbsp butter with 1 tsp dijon mustard. Place to one side.
In a non-stick pan over medium heat melt in 2 tbsp butter. Stir in 2 tbsp flour to form a paste, then gradually add in milk, whisking as you go to ensure no lumps form. Once thickened, turn heat to low and stir in gruyere, then season with nutmeg, white pepper and salt. Remove from heat.
Toast crumpets in a toaster or under the grill, then spread with the dijon butter (don't feel like you have to use it all). Top with ham, then spread over the béchamel sauce. Top with parmesan then place under the grill under golden and bubbly.
Whilst they're cooking, melt 1 tbsp butter into a pan over medium heat and crack in eggs (you may need to do this in batches). Fry to desired texture then season with salt and pepper.
Top crumpets with an egg each then tuck in and enjoy!
a) Do I have to add an egg? - Nope! You can make a Monsieur Crumpet instead and leave it off. I do recommend it though, just for that yolky goodness :)
b) Gruyere - I highly recommend using Gruyere, not only is it most traditional in a Croque Madame, but it's got a gorgeous nutty flavour that goes amazingly in a bechamel sauce. If you don't have it, you can sub Cheddar.
c) Calories - Per Madame Crumpet:
Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 18.13g | Protein: 20.27g | Fat: 20.65g | Saturated Fat: 10.158g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.868g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7.151g | Trans Fat: 0.103g | Cholesterol: 230mg | Sodium: 850mg | Potassium: 321mg | Fiber: 0.9g | Sugar: 3.56g | Vitamin A: 733IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 288mg | Iron: 2.03mg