Monday, 15 August 2011

Homemade English Muffins

English muffins are great. Great for breakfast, like salmon egg benedict or for a breakfast sandwich. Great for an evening snack, like toasted english muffins with butter and strawberry jam. What's even better is homemade english muffins. That's right, homemade. They are super simple to make, and even easier to make when you have a break maker with a dough option. So here are the steps
1. Put 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt in the bread basket

2. Add 2/3 cup milk and 2/3 cup of water, both heated till very warm to the touch. Then add 1/4 cup of softened butter or shortening. 

3. Then add 4 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder and 2 1/4 teaspoons of bread machine yeast. I will vary the flour types. In this particular batch, I used 2 cups whole wheat, 2 cups white flour and 1/4 cup spelt (when substituting whole wheat for white flour, more flour needs to be added to up the consistency, so I've been experimenting and 1/4 cup extra seems to work okay).

4. Put the bread basket in the bread machine, close lid and press dough option. Now, I do realize that not everyone has the most awesomest bread machine known to man like my bread machine, but I'm sure this recipe will work if you work it like a normal bread dough recipe with all the hand kneading and such. 
5. Once the bread machine beeps at you to inform you that it is done, you will open your machine to this lovely poofy dough. Knock it down and pull bread basket out of the bread machine. 

6. Pull dough out the bread basket and roll on floured countertop (prevents the dough from sticking to everything it encounters, including your hands)

7. Pinch the dough into two equal parts, and from there, pinch each part into five parts, resulting in 10 english muffin dough patties.Cover with a cloth and let them sit for half an hour. Once half an hour has passed, cook by placing them in a skillet set to medium temperature, 10 minutes per side (unless you notice that its burning, then do flip over). 

Of course, I forgot to get pictures of the muffins cooking, and the end result, but I do have a picture of my husband enjoying one smothered with raspberry jam. He was getting very impatient with my picture taking and complained that his mouth was watering and didn't want to poise anymore. 

I apologize for the poor picture taking but it was 10:30 at night so I was tired and I also had my own english muffin that I wanted to eat. 

Happy Homesteading!!

1 comment:

  1. Mr. Farmer cut his English Muffins like biscuits and sprinkled them with corn meal before frying. I'll let you know when I get the post up. He is still tweaking the recipe, so I can't post yet.

    Of course he usually makes them late at night, too.. LOL.