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BBA #12 English Muffins [Jul. 9th, 2012|09:13 pm]
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With the Cranberry Walnut bread out of the way, I'm enthused about the next batch of breads in the book, and today I tackled English Muffins.

English muffins are different from most other yeast breads as they are initially cooked on a griddle or other flat surface. The first part of the dough was pretty standard, then after the first rise the dough is divided and the muffins are shaped. They then rest on cornmeal for their second rise.



Cornmeal is also sprinkled over the top. After another hour of rising, the muffins are carefully lifted into the skillet. They are puffed up on top, and puff up even more.



Once they are flipped, they flatten on the second side.

I had a little trouble at this point because my "medium" heat was too hot, so the muffins were getting browned too fast to cook the middle. Next time I will definitely have a cooler griddle.

Once the griddle portion is done, the muffins go into the oven to bake for another 5-8 minutes. This is when I was really glad that I have a huge skillet that could cook all six muffins at once, because the instructions were to get the ones that were done into the oven without waiting for the others, so it could have been a bit chaotic.

As my muffins were a bit underdone due to the too-hot skillet, I baked them a couple minutes extra. When they came out, the family was hovering in the kitchen, eyes gleaming in hunger. There were loud protests when I told them that they had to cool for half an hour.



After 20 minutes I couldn't hold them back any longer. I insisted on fork-splitting them, and then we dove in.

They were absolutely delicious. I could probably make them at least once a week and people would complain it wasn't often enough. They rose nicely, flattened nicely, and looked like English muffins. I am very happy with this one.

Next up: focaccia!

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[User Picture]From: gabyrippling
2012-07-10 01:52 am (UTC)
OMNOMNOM WANT.
I wish my oven wasn't broken. :(
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-07-10 02:54 am (UTC)
Boo to broken ovens!!! You could probably do these in a toaster oven, though....
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-07-10 03:02 am (UTC)
I will have to try that one. Thanks!
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From: anonymousalex
2012-07-10 02:23 am (UTC)
OMG, I'm drooling just from the pictures.

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-07-10 03:02 am (UTC)
They are really, really good!
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[User Picture]From: merle_
2012-07-10 03:26 am (UTC)
When they came out, the family was hovering in the kitchen, eyes gleaming in hunger.

The ravenous hordes were upon you! Good thing you were safely ensconced in the kitchen near some sharp knives. ;-) (as much as people make fun of British food.. yeah, some things can't be beat)

I look hungrily forward to the focaccia post.
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[User Picture]From: naath
2012-07-10 11:05 am (UTC)
British food is aaaaaaaall nommy. Granted you have to have grown up with some of it :-p

(confession; actually I hate muffins, but I'm a weirdo)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-07-10 02:06 pm (UTC)
British breakfast is brilliant. We LOVED breakfast when we were in England.

Pasties are wonderful if done well.

But there is a reason why the most popular British food is Indian takeaway....
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[User Picture]From: naath
2012-07-10 02:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Indian takeaway is AMAZING :-) We like it lots. Although I expect "requires no effort" is a top selling point in why we like buying food other people made too :-p

I'm not sure what's supposed to be so bad about "British food" in general (of course there are awful examples of the genre!); I guess I'm just used to it :-p Fish and chips; bangers and mash; roast meat with all the trimmings... OMNOMNOMNOMNOM
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[User Picture]From: merle_
2012-07-10 05:48 pm (UTC)
Growing up with it does help. The first time I had black porridge was one of those "hello, the world is much cooler than expected" moments. ;-)

(side confession: I am not a huge fan of muffins either, but when topped with some pork stuff and eggs and cheese, wow. McD, you've missed the ballpark.)
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[User Picture]From: gabyrippling
2012-07-10 03:54 am (UTC)
No toaster oven either. Slot toaster. Boooooo NYC apt with shitty landlord and no counterspace.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-07-10 01:44 pm (UTC)
Sad face for you!!! Fortunately, you're in a place where lots of good bread is available.
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[User Picture]From: wednes
2012-07-10 04:27 am (UTC)
Wow! They turned out so pretty. Nice work.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-07-10 01:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: pachamama
2012-07-10 08:17 am (UTC)
They look fabulous! I'm going to have to try this one.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-07-10 02:01 pm (UTC)
Highly recommended!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-07-10 02:06 pm (UTC)
They really are!
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2012-07-10 12:18 pm (UTC)
MMM. I have a question. My Mom is allergic to corn and all corn products, so I wouldn't use cornmeal if I was making these. Do you have any suggestions what I could substitute?

They really do look good. I'd like to reach through and grab one.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-07-10 01:10 pm (UTC)
You could probably use dry Cream of Rice cereal, or finely ground grits. Not that much stays on the muffin, so it shouldn't impact the flavor too much.

They are yummy. Yummy enough that I'm tempted to make them again today!
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2012-07-10 01:29 pm (UTC)
oh that's a great idea. Not grits because they are corn...but yeah, cream of rice or cream of wheat cereal would work.
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[User Picture]From: fitfool
2012-08-07 01:17 am (UTC)
It still sounds kind of magical to me that anyone could make English muffins at home. Must try this some day!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-08-07 01:29 am (UTC)
I was just thinking that I need to make them again.
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[User Picture]From: fitfool
2012-08-07 01:34 am (UTC)
> I could probably make them at least once a week and people would complain it wasn't often enough.

I bet you could make those every day and not hear any complaints.
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[User Picture]From: fitfool
2013-05-14 11:40 pm (UTC)
I finally made English muffins at home recently! I was thrilled :-) I used Michael Ruhlmann's recipe which only has the griddle cooking step. But then I've been toasting them in the oven this week before eating them. Thanks for posting yours and reminding me that they could be made from scratch.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2013-05-15 03:50 pm (UTC)
My bread baking has really fallen off. I need to get back to it.
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