Now, I realize that baking fresh bread won't get me close to satisfying my craving right now but I just had to break out the bread machine. Then I saw all the flour I had on hand and REALLY went to town.
First up? Homemade English Muffins! Oh, Yeah! I have a super simple recipe that turns out the most delicious English Muffins.
First, ya need a bread machine. At least for my recipe you do. This bread machine was a freebie about 14 years ago. Maybe even a little older. One of the people that Mr. Funley works with was giving it away. Really? Like for free? Yes, FOR FREE. We LOVE, love, love it and it still works beautifully!
There may be variations from bread machine to bread machine as to the order in which you put your ingredients in so check your manufacturer's instructions. For mine, it's always liquids first, then dry ingredients, then butter (if there is any in the recipe) and last in goes the yeast. Anyhoo, once you get all that stuff in the machine set your machine for the DOUGH cycle. Mine takes about an hour and 30 mins.
When the dough is done you want to turn it out onto a cutting board dusted with cornmeal. The cool part? There is no kneading or rolling! Just pat your dough out into a rectangle that is about an inch thick. The dough will be slightly wet and you want it that way. Sprinkle some cornmeal on the top side of the dough as well.
Next, cut out about 10 rounds. Place your rounds on a baking sheet and let them rise for about 20 minutes.
While your rounds are rising heat a stove top griddle pan to 350 degrees. You can also use a cast iron skillet (which I did) heated first on med high heat. Place your rounds on the pan (or griddle) for about 6 - 8 minutes. Flip the english muffins and cook another 6 - 8 minutes or until you reach desired brown on each side.
- 1 c milk
- 3 tbs butter
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp sugar
- 3 c AP flour
- 1 1/2 tsp dry yeast
- Cornmeal for dusting
Place the ingredients into your bread machine according to manufacturer's directions. Choose the dough cycle, grab some coffee and just wait......
Once the dough cycle is done, turn your dough out onto a cutting board that has been dusted with cornmeal. Don't freak out - the dough will be slightly wet and you want that.
Pat your dough out until it is an even 1" thickness. Sprinkle the top side of the dough with cornmeal. Using biscuit cutters (or a glass) cut out about 10 rounds. Place the rounds on a baking sheet, COVER with plastic wrap and let rise for about 20 minutes.
While your rounds are rising preheat a cast iron skillet on medium high heat or an electric griddle pan to 350 degrees. Cook your english muffins for approximately 6 - 8 minutes on each side or until you reach YOUR desired browness. (Yes, that is a word!)
Wow, are these babies good or what and E A S Y!!!!! Enjoy!
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