Sunday, May 5, 2013

ABC - English Muffins

I can't tell you how long I've been wanting to make English Muffins. So it should be no surprise that they "accidentally" landed on the recipe list for the Avid Baker's Challenge :o)

You don't have to be British to enjoy these! :o)
As you might know, we're baking King Arthur Flour recipes this year for ABC. It's always nice when a KAF recipe is accompanied by their blog post for extra tips and (step-by-step) pictures. Needless to say, these English Muffins were incredibly tasty and fairly easy to make. I doubt I'll be buying the store bought ones again.


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I opted for making the dough in the Bread Machine using the dough cycle. As you can see, the dough is very wet and sticky.


After the first rise, I put the dough in the fridge. It doubled in size again pretty quickly while in the fridge, so I gently deflated it, did a business letter fold, and stuck it in the fridge again. It remained in the fridge a total of  about 36 hours.


Prepare your cooking surface by sprinkling it with semolina or farina. I used an electric griddle and one stove top griddle, so I could bake all muffins at the same time.


The dough firmed up nicely in the fridge and was fairly easy to handle while cold. I still had to oil my work surface and my hands though. I divided my dough into sixteen pieces of 65 gram each and shaped them into balls. Flatten the balls into 3"-3.5" disks.


The recipe tells you to let the dough pieces rest for 20 min, but since my dough was cold, I gave them 30 min.
After 30 min, they were slightly puffy.
 Turn on your electric griddle (325-350F) and your stove top (low-med which for me was setting 3 out of 10 for both burners). After just a few minutes, they puff up as you can see below. Cover them with parchment paper and put a cookie sheet on top to weigh them down a bit (otherwise they will continue to rise and turn into dinner rolls).


While they were baking, I started cleaning up. After about 10 min on one side, I started smelling toasted semolina.



When I checked, they looked done, so I flipped them over. They baked for another 5 minutes on the other side. I checked the internal temperature and it was 201 F. After they cooled a bit, I opened one to make sure it wasn't doughy. It wasn't quite as dry as I had expected, so I popped them in a 350 F oven for about 8 min.


Here's an inside view:
Yummy English muffins!
I can't say I found the (elusive) nooks and crannies in mine. There were just the occasional tiny holes which was fine. I might have to hydrate my dough more next time, given that I used 25% whole wheat flour. It might also be the long stay in the fridge which gave the WW flour ample time to absorb more liquid compared to baking the muffins the same day. Even if they turned out like this every single time, I'd still make them again because they were VERY tasty! :o)

Final thoughts/tips:

  • My husband loved these. He liked how soft they were and ate two while still slightly warm. These reminded us of a Moroccan bread called Batbout. So we ate these Moroccan-style: I served them with honey as well as extra-virgin olive oil. Of course, with a big pot of Moroccan mint tea. My husband gave these a 9 out of 10.
  • I too loved these muffins. They were nice and toasted on the outside, and soft on the inside, with an ever so slight chew to them. That little bit of WW flour I used gave it a nice flavor without overpowering the muffins. I also made a sandwich with one: muffin, butter, and a slice of Pepper Jack cheese. Yum!
  • The leftovers went into the freezer. I can't wait to eat one toasted!
  • I made several changes so instead of listing the changes, I will post the entire ingredients list below with my adaptations.
  • If you'd like to follow the original recipe, you can find it HERE.
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English Muffins
(adapted from the recipe on the King Arthur Flour site)

Ingredients
  • 397g cold 1% milk
  • 43g olive oil
  • 6g salt
  • 30g honey
  • 23g dry milk powder, optional
  • 1 large egg
  • 135g King Arthur Flour White Whole Wheat flour
  • 404g bread flour
  • 7g instant yeast
  • semolina, for sprinkling the griddle or pan

Place all the ingredients in the Bread Machine and run the Dough cycle. After the first rise, you can either refrigerate the dough until the next day or start shaping your English muffins right away following the instructions and step-by-step pictures on the King Arthur Flour blog.

16 comments:

  1. hi Hanaa I love the look of your english muffins , they they are very fluffy looking and have a lot of air bubbles too , I like your too and me, Hanaa what does bread blour mean?..lol and all so i wanted to put dry powder milk but i don't know to change that in dry powder milk..

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    1. Thanks Rosa! They are definitely nice and fluffy. We enjoyed them a lot. And thanks for pointing out the typo in the bread flour. I fixed it :o)

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  2. Very nice! I'm definitely trying the overnight rise next time!

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    1. Thanks Karen! The overnight rise made the sticky dough much more manageable. I recommend it.

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  3. It looks like you achieved excellent nook & cranniness to me!

    BTW, I tried that cookie sheet trick with the first batch after reading it on the blog, but I don't think it's necessary. I didn't use it with the second batch, and they came out the same. I just sort of squashed them down a little after flipping to deflate slightly.

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    1. Thanks Paula. Good to know that the cookie sheet isn't really necessary. Will try it next time!

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  4. Beautiful, they look amazing. I too found that freezing them works very well. I just saw an episode with Gordon Ramsay baking these. He said it was not done cutting them open, you always tear them open, this gives you even better nooks and crannies. Didn't know that, and yes that works easier than cutting. A keeper recipe!

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    1. Thank you, Lien!! Interesting. I didn't cut mine and used a fork instead. It would be much faster to just tear it in half. Will try it with the leftovers. I agree. Definitely a keeper recipe!

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    2. Tear them open? That would be tricky. Except for Maggie's -- her's were super high!

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  6. They look really nice, and I can only agree: I wouldn't buy them in a store anymore, it's so easy to make them yourself, and they keep so well.
    Here is a recommendation for adding more water when you substitute white with whole grain flour:
    Up to 10%: no additional water necessary.
    Over 10%: increase water by 14 g/0.5 oz for every 56.5 g/2 oz whole grain flour you substitute.

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  7. English Muffins have been on my baking bucket list for a couple of months now. Yours turned out perfect Hanaa. Would love to slice one in the morning and make an egg sandwich!

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  8. Hi Hanaa,
    Thank you for picking out this lovely recipe! Yours looked great! I've really enjoyed these muffins! I love it the best when broiled till really crisp, spread with a generous amount of salted butter and homemade jam!
    We even made the muffins as a sandwich bread with meat patties for our lunch! Love it!

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  9. Your muffins look so good! I never did get a chance to make these but plan to make them soon...I hate missing a bake along with the ABC group!

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  10. Wow they look great. I love muffins but never thought they were that easy to make. I will have to give them a try and report back to you

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  11. These look delicious, I love English muffins. I found your blog through Roxana's Home Baking on bakedwithlove.

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