Where do Crumpets come from?
The history of a classic revealed
A commonly loved classic of Britain and a staple in the list of comfort foods, crumpets have been adored by most families for years. But where did they actually originate?
While most would assumed England was responsible for these delights, they would be wrong. Wales is actually the birth-place of the beauties and are said to have been common in Anglo-Saxon diets where breads were often cooked on a griddles. These breads called 'picklets' were small, oval shaped and their named has been been linked to the Welsh 'bars pyglyd' or "pitchy [i.e., dark or sticky] bread", later shortened simply to 'pyglyd'.
The first recipe to show any relevance to the crumpets we know today has been cited in Elizabeth Raffald's 'The Experienced English Housekeeper', which still used the name 'picklets'. In fact, the name 'crumpet' is reasonably modern, only spreading to the West midlands of England and other areas where some still refer to them as 'picklets'.
But my question is...what do you like on your crumpets?