Is there a difference between a crumpet and a pikelet?
Yes, the main difference being the thickness of the dough.
A pikelet is not cooked in a ring so it is thinner and has more freedom in shape. The crumpet was originally hard until the Victoria era when it became the soft and spongy texture we are familiar with today.
According to Crumpet Man, the pikelet is believed to be of Welsh origin where it was known as ‘bara pyglyd’, meaning “dark or sticky bread,” later was anglicised as a pikelet.
Though it appears that in some regions, pikelet is also used to describe a crumpet, namely in the Midlands, and Yorkshire.
So, what side of the crumpet vs pikelet debate are you on?