Homemade English Muffins

How to make english muffinsWe’;ve produced bagels collectively just before (a couple instances, truly). But we’;ve in no way enjoyed an english muffin together. Did you know that english muffins are even less difficult to make than bagels, or at least I feel so. 
Easy homemade english muffinsMy favored issue about english muffins: egg + cheese sandwiches! It is like an Egg McMuffin but homemade. You can also just lightly toast them and top them with butter, jam or cream cheese + lox. Oh the possibilities! But first we have to make them. 
Best homemade english muffinsEnglish Muffins, *can make 6. Adapted from The Bread Baker’;s Apprentice. 

2 one/4 cups bread flour
one/2 tablespoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon shortening (or butter at space temperature)
one one/4 teaspoons lively dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
3/4 cup milk

Mix the yeast with the warm water. I like to include just a pinch of sugar to the water prior to pouring in the yeast, just genuinely get items going.

In a big mixing bowl mix the flour, sugar, and salt. Stir in the shortening, this will be a tiny clumpy and that is okay. Now pour in the yeast water and milk. Stir until finally a dough ball varieties. If you are utilizing a stand mixer and dough hook to knead the dough, this will take about 6 minutes until the dough gets to be elastic like. If you knead by hand it will possibly get 8-10 minutes (and a whole lot far more muscle groups). Area in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and permit to rise until finally doubled in dimension (about 60-90 minutes).
Making bread is fun!Plop the dough out on a floured function surface. Yes, you must plop. Divide the dough into 6 equal parts. *The orginal recipes encourages this, although I believe this could simply make 8 muffins as it yeilds fairly huge english muffins if you stick with 6. 

Anyway, roll each and every muffin into a ball. Spot on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and a minor bit of cornmeal (or flour). Cover, and enable to rise for an further hour.
How to make english muffins at homeHeat a cast iron skillet (or other oven protected pan) more than medium heat. Include a teaspoon of oil. You never want also much as our aim is not to fry the dough, but we never want it to stick to the pan both. Cook for 5-6 minutes on each side. You want every single side to get extremely brown, but not burnt.

After you’;ve cooked each and every side pop the skillet in the oven at 400°F for 10-12 minutes till the english muffins are cooked by means of.

If you do not have an oven safe pan, or you do not have 1 huge adequate for all the muffins, you can eliminate the muffins soon after cooking on each side to the baking sheet (nevertheless lined with parchment paper and cornmeal) and bake on there. Either way. 
Homemade english muffinsThese are fantastic just out of the oven the day they are created. If you have leftovers, just spot the cooled muffins in a Ziplock bag and seal it up. These will easily last a couple of days on the counter, or up to a week in the fridge. Make an Egg McMuffin for me! xo. Emma

Credits // Writer and Photography: Emma Chapman