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What's in a Name?

  • Dec 07, 2015
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Let’s take a stroll down memory lane, to a time when you were a child and nursery rhymes were frequent music to your ears.

You’ll recall “pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man,” one of the oldest surviving English nursery rhymes. There were the three men in a tub, including the baker, and of course the Muffin Man, another traditional nursery rhyme of English origin. If your memory is particularly good, or you have young children, you’ll recall that the Muffin Man lives on Drury Lane.

But what of the deeper meanings of these verses? English muffins were popular fare during Victorian times, an era when fresh foods were delivered door-to-door. The muffin man would presumably deliver his breadstuffs to London addresses. Some sources hint at a darker, more sinister meaning behind the verses, perhaps a warning to children to steer clear of Drury Lane. But we prefer to stick with the more lighthearted interpretation.

We also prefer cupcake-variety muffins over English muffins, and a lot has changed with these sweet treats since their arrival on the scene. Today’s muffins are a cornucopia of goodness, and the possibilities are endless You can give them a crumb or streusel topping, stuff them with fresh fruit, slather them with honey or sweet cream, frost them or fill them with frosting, dust them with powdered sugar—the list goes on. Have them for breakfast, brunch, lunch or a snack. Our bakeware is perfect for muffins, cupcakes, pat-a-cakes or whatever your heart desires. Delight your kids by getting them involved in the baking process (Welcome Home Brands products mean less mess!) and share a nursery rhyme or two while you’re at it.

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