Where do Crumpets come from?

T​he history of a classic revealed

2y ago

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?

W​hile 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. T​hese 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'.

T​he 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'.

B​ut my question is...what do you like on your crumpets?

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Comments (14)

  • those look good. Never had one. As an American, I'd probably slather peanut butter on it ;)

      2 years ago
  • A ton of salted butter and the crumpets must be warm enough to melt the butter.

      2 years ago
  • Butter and cheese is a banging combo

      2 years ago