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A round, flat, unsweetened bun served spit and toasted; either as a tea-cake, or as part of Eggs Benedict. Muffins, originated in Northern England, and reached the zenith of their popularity in the 19th century, when muffin men traversed the town streets at teatime, ringing their bells. See "Crumpet"; "Eggs Benedict"; 'Muffin; American'; "Pikelets"; "Pitchy Bread"
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