Cookbook:English Muffins

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English Muffins
CategoryBread recipes
Servings~18 muffins
Time2 hours

Cookbook | Ingredients | Recipes | Breakfast Cuisine | Vegetarian Cuisine | Bread

These are a favourite for breakfast, with butter or jelly on top.

Ingredients[edit | edit source]

Ingredient Count Volume Weight Baker's %
Warm milk (105–115 °F / 41–46 °C) 1 cup 250 g 31.3%
Sugar 2 tablespoons 26 g 3.3%
Salt 1 teaspoon 6 g 0.8%
margarine 3 tablespoons 45 g 5.6%
Warm water (105–115 °F / 41–46 °C) 1 cup 250 g 31.3%
Active dry yeast 1 package 14 g 1.8%
Flour c. 6 cups 800 g 100%
cornmeal 2 tablespoons 20 g 2.5%
Total n/a n/a 1411 g 176.4%

Procedure[edit | edit source]

  1. Combine milk, sugar, salt and margarine.
  2. Measure water into large warm bowl, sprinkle in yeast, and stir until dissolved.
  3. Stir in milk mixture and 3 cups flour; beat until smooth.
  4. Add enough additional four to make a stiff dough.
  5. Turn out onto floured board and knead about 2 minutes, or until dough is manageable and can be formed into a ball. The dough may be slightly sticky.
  6. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top.
  7. Cover dough; let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, until doubled in bulk, about an hour.
  8. Punch dough down; divide in half.
  9. On a board heavily sprinkled with cornmeal, pat each half into a ½-inch thickness.
  10. Cut dough into circles with a floured 3-inch cookie cutter.
  11. Place on ungreased baking sheets about 2 inches apart.
  12. Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, until doubled in size, about ½ hour.
  13. Place on lightly greased medium hot griddle or skillet, cornmeal side down.
  14. Cook until well browned, about 10 minutes on each side.
  15. Cool on wire racks.
  16. To serve, split in half and toast.

Notes, tips, and variations[edit | edit source]

  • You can also start the dough by mixing the yeast, the dry ingredients, and half or more of the flour, with the liquids at 145–150°F, then continuing the rest of the instructions.
  • After punching the dough down, many bakers let it rest 10 minutes.
  • ½ cup of currants may be added to the warm milk mixture.
  • You can substitute 1½ cups whole wheat flour for 1½ cups of the all-purpose flour.