English Muffins

by Janice on August 13, 2009

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Have you ever made an English Muffin?  Have you ever even thought about making an English Muffin?  I sure hadn’t.  So I was more than a little worried when this week’s BBA Challenge came around.  I mean, you have to cook them on a griddle!  Do you know how many pancakes I have burned in my life?

It turns out that all my worry was for nothing.  Making English Muffins is easier than burningmaking pancakes.  You do the usual mixing of ingredients.  You knead.  The dough rises, then gets divided into round balls to rise again on a cornmeal dusted sheet pan.

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The Bread Baker’s Apprentice dough rises beautifully, as you can see below.

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Then you heat the griddle, or pan (which I should have used, because my griddle won’t heat evenly on my stove, hear me complain loudly).  A little bit of oil on the pan, and on the muffins go.  In theory, they were supposed to spread a little, but mine didn’t.  So I pressed them down with a spatula.  You cook them until they are almost going to burn.  That part is a little tricky, I’ll admit.  Then you throw them in the oven for a few more minutes to make sure they are cooked well enough inside.  After cooling, and fork-splitting, and toasting, they look like this.

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Admittedly, that’s a thing of beauty, huh?  My only beef with this recipe (how come I always have a beef?) is that it’s not a recipe for sourdough muffins.  And I didn’t realize it until this week, but I only like sourdough English muffins! So I promise you I will make a sourdough version soon, and I’ll share the recipe.  (I’m already researching it, you see!)

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

jmk August 13, 2009 at 1:36 am

Looks yummy – pretty plate, too!!

chris August 13, 2009 at 2:32 am

Looks fantastic; nothing better than fresh fruit with your breakfast either!

Frieda
Twitter: friedaluvsbread
August 13, 2009 at 5:59 am

Twitter: @friedaluvsbread

Your muffins turned out beautiful! Let me know when you make your sourdough ones…

Michelle August 13, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Can’t beat homemade English Muffins especially sourdough English Muffins!

saltandserenity August 14, 2009 at 2:36 am

Your muffins look great. i also had to flatten mine out. is that cherry jam on them?

Jenn @ Pete Eatemall August 14, 2009 at 3:16 am

We loved making the English Muffins. We made our version of a Egg McMuffins this morning! Sourdough muffins sound great…I have never had one! Happy Baking!

misterrios
Twitter: misterrios
August 20, 2009 at 8:53 am

Twitter: @misterrios

Sourdough English Muffins would be amazing! Still, I did like these.

I was surprised at how long they were on my griddle before they began to burn. Of course I was being bad and doing other things while cooking.

roundthetable September 14, 2009 at 8:31 pm

One of my favorite sets of dishes, ever!

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