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When in Bath: Crumpet vs. scone

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When in Bath: Crumpet vs. scone 1
When in Bath: Crumpet vs. scone 1

Lost in Austen - The Grand Pump Room in Bath

When in Bath: Crumpet vs. scone 1
When in Bath: Crumpet vs. scone 1When in Bath: Crumpet vs. scone 1When in Bath: Crumpet vs. scone 1
In some of the Victorian era novels I read, I would always come across a snack called crumpets, and I assumed they were just like scones, since they were taken with tea as well. I rarely saw crumpets on the menu in the city, but on a trip to Bath, my friend Alex treated me to brunch at The Grand Pump Room – with the restaurant’s Austen-esque, old-world vibe, what else do I see on the menu but crumpets? My friend cum tour guide explains in detail how scones and crumpets are very different. Here’s what I learned: Both are popular bread dishes eaten with jam and butter, but while scones originated from Scotland, crumpets are Welsh or Celtic in Origin. Scones are flaky in texture, while crumpets have a spongy, pancake-like consistency. Scones can incorporate fruit into the batter for an alternative flavor, but crumpets are never cooked in this manner. Crumpets tend to have a bland flavor and have those distinct holes, my friend jokingly said, for the pastry to hold more butter and jam in it. The holes, by the way, are due to the yeast in the batter, while scones are made from dough with baking soda. When our crumpets arrived, they were piping hot and I smothered them in jam and butter as per instructions. I highly recommend you try it.

 

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