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Jan 20, 2011

English Muffins






Not to be mistaken for American muffins which have a a more cakey texture. English muffins are closer to bread except they're cooked on a griddle ... not to be mistaken for griddle cakes which are closer to the pancakes we are all so familiar with. Confused? Sorry ...

Think eggs benedict. There you go. Also great on its own, toasted and eaten with a good slab of butter. Yummers!



Makes about 8


INGREDIENTS


3 cups bread flour

3/4 cup plain flour

3 1/2 tsp coarse salt, lightly crushed / ground

2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast

1/2 tsp sugar

1 cup lukewarm water

2/3 cup lukewarm milk

flour for dusting

cornmeal for dusting


METHOD


Mix the flours and salt together in a large mixing bowl.

Mix yeast and sugar with half (1/2 cup) of the lukewarm water and let stand until foamy, about 15 mins.

Make a well in the flour. Add the yeast mixture, the remaining 1/2 cup lukewarm water and 2/3 cup milk. Mix to get a very soft, slightly sticky dough.

Turn out dough onto floured surface and knead for abut 10 mins until dough is soft, elastic and smooth and no longer sticky. Shape into a ball.

Place dough in bowl and cover with a damp dish towel or plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Punch down dough and knead again for about 5 mins. Return and rest the dough in the bowl for another 30 mins.

Divide dough into 8 pieces. Place onto baking sheets dusted with flour and cornmeal. Sprinkle the top with more cornmeal or flour. Cover with a damp dish towel and let rise in a warm place for 30 mins.

Heat a griddle or a non-stick pan over moderate heat until moderately hot. Place muffins, 2 or 3 at a time, depending on how large your griddle/pan is, and cook 10 - 12 mins until the undersides are golden brown. Turn muffins over and cook for another 10 - 12 mins until golden brown. Wipe out the pan and continue cooking the remaining muffins.

Eat warm, split, toasted and buttered. Freezes well.










29 comments:

  1. exquisite!
    and that melting butter... come on, you're killing me!!!

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  2. My goodness! You're super fast! I just posted this like, 2 seconds ago! :D

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  3. yummy... english muffin with melting butter. I love it. I also like to have muffin with cheese

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  4. Muffins are nice. The recipe uses no butter so I suppose its not that bad to use a "good slab". On the other hand scones are made with butter and its recommeded to be eaten with a good slab of butter...Hope you were not planning a scone recipe with a similar recommendation:)

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  5. I love your Pictures here Ping! .... and thx for sharing this post also ^_^

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  6. ThreeCookies: Haha! I might ;) I just love butter!

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  7. Indonesian In Turkey: Thanks and you're very welcome.

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  8. Steven Goh: Thanks for dropping by.

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  9. I have to say these are some of the best looking English muffins I have seen on a food blog! The color of them is absolutely perfect. I'll make the poached eggs, you make the English muffins, and we'll collaborate on the hollandaise sauce and layer some Canadian bacon on it. Breakfast tomorrow? Haha!

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  10. Pretend Chef: You're on! Yum, best teamwork I've ever had! :D

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  11. Wow! I had no idea that these could be made at home!! As bad as I am with yeast I really want to give this recipe a try!

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  12. Those are picture perfect...so wonderful!!!

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  13. Steph: Yes, do give this a go. It's worth it! These are not a local staple here so the shops have them imported and they're costly ... therefore ... homemade :D Oh, a tip ... make sure they're well risen otherwise it gets really chewy. Enjoy!

    Lizzy: Thanks Lizzy!

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  14. Beautiful job on these. They have all the nice nooks and crannies I so love.

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  15. Briarrose: Yeah! Lots of places for all the butter and jams and goodies to get into! Yum!

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  16. Perfect English muffins Ping! I love the spongy texture for the melting butter and the crackle when I bite it. Thanks for the wonderful recipe and tips, I promise not to buy the preservative laced ones anymore! Cheers!!!

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  17. OMG! They look just like the package! YUM! P.S... You'll have to try one of my vegan cheesecakes! Sorry that you had a bad one!

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  18. I have been craving English Muffins for awhile and yours look absolutely delicious! Nooks and crannies here I come. Thanks for the recipe!

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  19. Ping-You're the first person that I know who makes English muffins. They look so picture perfect and absolutely delicious!

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  20. Michelangelo: Yeah, I love the textures of muffins too!

    Tiffany: I suppose I still can't get used to tofu being a sweet dish. I'll definitely give vegan cheesecake a go.

    Scarletta: You're welcome. Enjoy!

    BabeKL: Yup, me too and they're so expensive to buy ...

    Elisabeth: Haha! A friend also said the same thing to me and I told her I figured somebody's gotta make them...

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  21. You did a superb job with those muffins. I haven't made them in about a year....homemade is always so delicious.

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  22. Wow! They look so good. I've never had a clue how to make these. Now I have no more excuses...

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  23. Kristen: Thanks, Kristen. Homemade IS definitely better until I screw up and have to go to the store :P

    Jackie: Haha! Definitely have to try it at least once :D

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  24. these look perfect with butter on it yummy

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  25. Those muffins look absolutely gorgeous :D, the kids would love this..no more going for MC D breakfast...first..I must an attempt to make these babies first, cross fingers..hope they'll turn out well.

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  26. Cabbageboo: Thanks for dropping by. These are not quite the same as McD's .... a little more bite, I should say. Enjoy!

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  27. Hey! Came across this one while browsing your blog after finding the ice cream recipe earlier. These sound absolutely wonderful, and now I am hungry and want to make some... arrgh!

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  28. eattheroses: :D Why not make some? They freeze well too. Great for those flashes of hunger pangs.

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