I love crumpets and have never thought of making them myself. I always assumed they were one of those things that you are better off buying. Did they have the wonderful holey effect (which are designed to be filled with melted butter and golden syrup)?
I must agree with you about the new discoveries on EYB, I am loving discovering all the new online recipes that members are adding, as well of course all the great blog recipes. Having the photos for most of them definitely helps assess a recipe - I wish we could do the same for cookbook recipes.
Fascinating reading - don't you just love the acid tongue of Elizabeth David? For those who don't want to read the entire article on Gourmet Traveller she said about commercially produced crumpets “Crumpets, or at least terrible travesties of them… are more commonly sold packeted by grocers or supermarkets than by bakers. Perhaps indeed they are delivered direct from a plastics recycling plant, and have never been near a bakery,”