The Bacon Barm Debate

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I was writing a post about bacon for someone’s website this morning and it got me thinking about the age-old bacon barm debate. I am from Lancashire, England, and the image above shows what we call a bacon barm. ‘The word ‘barm’ is an abbreviation of barmcake. Most people in Lancashire would refer to having a bacon barm for their breakfast rather than using any other terminology. However. people from other areas of the country are not familiar with this vernacular and use a variety of other words to describe this delicious snack and, in most cases, I disagree with their choice of words.

I particularly don’t like it when people refer to having a bacon muffin. Surely a muffin is a cake? Similarly, I dislike the use of the term bacon bap. This is mainly because baps is a slang term for women’s breasts in the UK. Another poor option is bacon bun. I was brought up to call small fairy cakes buns, so this doesn’t seem right either. In some parts of the country, they refer to it as a bacon teacake. Where I am from, a teacake is a sweet bread with currents that is toasted and served dripping in butter. 

The two that I can understand and don’t mind hearing are bacon roll and bacon sandwich. However, I do still have an issue with these and it specifically relates to the type of bread used. To me, a bread roll is much firmer and smaller than a barmcake. People use the word sandwich as a general term to describe bread with a filling. I would argue that a sandwich is made using two slices of bread from a loaf.

I had to get this off my chest. Perhaps I have too much time on my hands this morning. What do you call a bacon barm?

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