Crumpets are an Anglo Saxon invention. Just writing about them makes me want to run to the kitchen and toast one,(which I will do in a few minutes). An early reference to them comes from English Bible translator John Wycliffe in 1382, when he mentions the "cramped cake." Early crumpets were hard pancakes cooked on a griddle, rather than the soft and spongy crumpets of the Victorian era, which were made with yeast. The term itself may refer to a crumpled or curled-up cake, or have Celtic origins relating to the Breton krampouezh/Cornish krampoeth. meaning a thin, flat cake, and the Welsh crampon or crumpet, a type of pancake. There now, wasn't that all you needed to know. Now get thee to a toaster!