English muffins just aren’t English muffins if they don’t have the nooks and crannies. The English muffins
I made the first time had the texture of plain dinner rolls. Good, but…boring.
So I did some research and found out why it turned out the way it did: I needed really, really wet dough. Like dough so sticky you may need to spoon it out of the bowl. Whoops. So the second time I made English muffins, I used closer to 1 cup of water instead of the 3/4 I used the first time, and I got the results I wanted. Mission accomplished.
1: Mixing and KneadingI used all purpose white flour with a little bit of wheat flour.
some time to rise to double…
4: ProofingI sprinkled eight little circles of cornmeal on the pan, one for each muffin. The first time I made them, I made six and they turned our huge! Eight made just the right sized muffins.
5: Griddling and Baking
From Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 Tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 tsp instant yeast
1 Tbsp shortening or butter (at room temperature)
*3/4 – 1 cup milk (at room temperature)
cornmeal for sprinkling
1. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, salt and yeast. Mix in the shortening and 3/4 cup of the milk. Add the remaining milk if the dough is too dry.
2. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes. Place in a lightly oiled bowl and roll to coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise for about an hour. Divide the dough into 6 equal pieces and shape into balls. Lay parchment paper on a baking sheet and spray or lightly coat with oil and sprinkle with cornmeal. Move the dough balls to the baking sheet evenly spaced apart (giving them room to rise more). Cover the pan loosely with plastic wrap and allow them to rise for another hour.
3. Heat the oven to 350 F and heat up a skillet on medium heat on the stovetop. Brush the skillet with oil and gently transfer the dough balls to the skillet a few at a time. Allow them to cook on the skillet for 5-8 minutes, until the bottoms are nicely browned. Carefully flip and cook the other side for about 5-8 minutes more. they should flatten as they cook.
4. When the muffins look as if they are about to burn, remove them from the skillet with a spatula and transfer quickly to a baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 5-8 minutes. Do not wait until all of the muffins have been cooked on the skillet before moving them to the oven – as the first batch is baking, move the second batch of muffins to the skillet.
5. Transfer the baked muffins to a cooling rack and let cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing or serving. Serve with lots of butter and jelly. Store them as you would muffins you buy in the store – in a sealed ziploc bag in the fridge or freezer.
*I used closer to 1 cup of milk to get those nooks and crannies!