What Is the Difference Between Scones & Crumpets?

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Scones are a popular bread dish in Europe.
Scones are a popular bread dish in Europe. (Image: scones image by palms from Fotolia.com)

Scones and crumpets are bread snacks popular throughout Europe, particularly in Britain. There are many similarities between the two. Despite their similarities however, there are some very distinct differences that separate scones from crumpets.

Origins

Scones and crumpets have different beginnings from one another. Scones are a flaky pastry whose origin dates back to the 1500s in Scotland, while Crumpets are likely to be Welsh in origin. The earliest known crumpet recipe was in British entrepreneur Elizabeth Raffald's cookbook "The Experienced English Housekeeper" in 1769.

Crumpets are very popular in Britain.
Crumpets are very popular in Britain. (Image: two hot crumpets with melted butter, isolated on a black image by Stephen Gibson from Fotolia.com)

Optional Fruit Mixture

Scones and crumpets both can use butter, jam and other spreads for flavor. However, scones can also incorporate fruit into the actual batter for an alternative flavor, while crumpets do not use fruit in this manner. Crumpets also tend to have a bland flavor.

Dough or Batter

Scones are made from dough that includes baking soda but not yeast. Crumpets are made from batter that does include yeast but not baking soda. Dough tends to have a more solid consistency than batter, resulting in scones being more dense and crumpets having a spongy texture. The spongy texture of crumpets helps them to absorb butter more efficiently.

Serving Temperature

You can serve both scones and crumpets warm. However, you can also serve scones cold.

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