This traditional British teatime treat is midway between English muffin and pancake. Like an English muffin, it's full of holes, perfect for collecting rivulets of melted butter. But it's also moister and thinner – more like a small pancake.
These are best enjoyed toasted, and spread with butter, jam, and/or clotted cream. Since their holes reach to the outside crust, there's no need to split them before toasting.
You can make crumpets without English muffin rings (or cleaned tuna cans), but they'll be perfectly round and ever so much nicer looking if you use rings.