Sunday, July 21, 2013

English Muffins Recipe


I can't believe I waited so long to make homemade English Muffins. These are BY FAR the easiest yeast bread to make! There is only one rise and no need for cranking on the hot oven in the middle of warm summer months. The dough comes together in under 5 minutes, you wait an hour for the muffins to rise and they bake them on a hot skillet or griddle! 

These English Muffins are great toasted and spread with butter and jam, drizzled with honey, or covered in peanut butter. We love to use the moist, dense, perfectly sized muffins as a substitute for hamburger buns or sandwich bread or as a delicious snack.  

English Muffins Recipe
Recipe adapted from Bread Winners by Mel London
Makes 10-12 English Muffins

2-1/2 tsp dry yeast (1 package)
1 cup warm water
1/4 cup oil
2 Tbsp honey
1 tsp salt
3 cups unbleached white flour

In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water. Measure the oil in a liquid measuring cup and add to the yeast mixture. Using that now-oiled measuring cup, measure 2 Tbsp (1/8 cup) honey. The honey will now pour easily into the yeast mixture! Stir in salt. Then add in flour and stir until dough forms a ball and pulls away from the edges. 

Flour a clean surface (I use a large wooden cutting board) and flour your hands before transferring the dough to the floured surface. Roll out to 1/2 inch thickness and use a biscuit cutter (or any round shape, such as a drinking glass) to cut the muffins. 

Sprinkle cornmeal generously onto a cookie sheet and arrange the muffins an inch or two apart. Sprinkle additional cornmeal on top of the muffins and cover with a light towel. Let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour. 

Heat a large skillet (or a pancake griddle works great!) to medium-high. Muffins can be cooked closely together. Cook for 5-7 minutes, or until bottoms are medium to dark brown. Turn and cook an additional 5 minutes. The sides of the muffins should be set, not at all doughy, and both sides dark golden brown. 

Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely before storing in an airtight container. 

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