Friday, June 29, 2012

English Muffins - Yes, they can be made from scratch!

My daughter's wedding day has come and gone! Everything went perfectly and things back at my house are almost back to normal.  It was a beautiful day that was enjoyed by all.

A few days before the wedding, I needed to do something relaxing, so I decided to make these muffins.

I was pleasantly surprised  at how fun it was make and to watch those little rounds of dough puff up to be delicious muffins that looked so much like those in the store.

I adapted the below recipe from Allrecipes for those who wish to use the bread machine. If you don't have a bread machine follow this: 

Gadgets used:  Bread machine; rolling pin, cutting board (Cooks Illustrated recommended), fish spatula, biscuit cutter, cast iron griddle.

Ingredients in bread machine order:

1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup milk
2 Tbsp canola oil

3 cups bread flour
1 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
1 1/2 tsp. bread machine yeast

Add the above ingredients to bread machine.  Set on "Dough".  

Heat cast iron skillet or griddle to medium heat.

When the dough is ready, place dough on very lightly floured surface.
Roll dough into a circle, rectangle or square.  Roll dough to  1/2 inch thickness. 
Cut muffins with a 3 1/2 or 4 inch biscuit cutter, empty tuna can, or top of a glass. The biscuit cutter I used was 3 inches. I thought the biscuits were too small.  They shrunk a bit when they cooked.

Lightly oil or spray the griddle, get it to a medium heat so when the muffins go down they'll toast.  Cook about 10 minutes on each side.

Simple, pantry ingredients.
Add these ingredients, liquids first, in your
bread machine; set on "Dough".

Remove the soft, pliable dough from the bread machine.
The dough feels as beautiful as it looks.
Roll and cut. Roll in whatever shape you desire.
Place cut muffins onto hot, oiled griddle or skillet;
preferably cast iron.
Check muffins and turn when lightly toasted.
You will see the muffins puff up!

This is what they should look like.

Toasted, puffy & ready for the toaster or freezer!


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