Product Type: Sainsbury's Snacks
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Oooh Matron, What A Lovely Bit Of Crumpet ; )
Member Name: Revier
Date: 15/11/09, updated on 15/11/09 (18 review reads)
Disadvantages: A little bit stodgey
The humble crumpet, delicious, moreish and quintessentially English. What could be nicer than a cup of tea and a few crumpets.
The history of the crumpet goes back an astonishingly long way, all the way back to our Anglo Saxon forefathers who cooked them on a griddle. Back then they were more of a hard pancake, it wasn't until the victorians came along that the crumpet as we'd recognise it today was born.
A good crumpet is covered with numerous and deep holes, made by adding extra baking powder to the yeasty crumpet mix. The holes are essential to the crumpets appeal as they soak up any liquidious substance thats placed on them. Whether that be Jam, Marmalade or my absolute favourite a good salty butter.
The network of tiny holes also gives the crumpet its distinct texture, lovely and spongy.
They are as easy as pie to prepare (well easy as toast anyway), simply whack them in the toaster or if you prefer under the grill and wait until piping hot. You can then smother away with anything you care to mention.
The origins of the word itself are fascinating. Some ruminate that the word is a corruption of crumpled referring to the crumpets mottled appearance. Others suggest the name comes from the thin flat celtic cake known as Breton Krampoez. Whoever knew there was so much to know about our dear friend the crumpet.
I absolutely adore these things and reckon that a lot of us Brits must as millions are manufactured and sold in supermarkets and shops throughout our fair land everyday.
I have only one tiny complaint about them, they can get really stodgey making your chest feel like it's going to explode but its nothing a swift sip of tea won't cure, its one tiny gripe with what is otherwise a fantastic product.
If you haven't already tried a crumpet for yourself well then you haven't lived baby, go out and try one for yourself, I gaurantee you won't be disappointed.
The Sainsbury's variety are excellent, I have come accross many varieties over the years in the pursuit of finding the perfect crumpet and I must say I think I've found it in Sainsburys. They have a good amount of holes and while still gaggy (the unavoidable bane of the crumpet fancier) they are far less so than many other varieties I've had.
Summary: As English as it gets.