Homemade English Muffins
photo by Ravenseyes
- Ready In:
- 2hrs 13mins
- In a small bowl take water 110 degrees add Yeast, Malt if using and Honey and whisk to combine, set aside for 15 to 20 minutes until foamy.
- Heat Milk to scalding, I did mine in the Microwave for approximately 1 min 20 seconds. Use your own judgement you don't want to burn the milk but you want to get it to a boiling stage that's why the microwave works better. Add Butter and allow to melt and cool down.
- Take Yeast mixture and add to your Stand Mixer with the dough hook attached, making sure to scrap anything at the bottom of the bowl out if not dissolved. Add 1/2 of the flour and mix very well, starting out slowly so as not to spray flour everywhere. Add your beaten egg and on medium beat the dough for 3 to 4 minutes. Add salt, Milk and Butter mixture and add 1 cup flour. Mix slowly until flour is absorbed and then beat on medium until your dough comes together 4 minutes at least -- if it is slightly stick that is fine, if its very sticky add Flour 1Tbsp at a time. You do not want a hard dough. Remove the dough hook and transfer to a large bowl cover with Plastic wrap and towel. Let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in volume in a warm non drafty area.
- Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface. Deflate dough and roll gently with the heel of the palm of your hand rolling forward into the dough catching some flour to make a very elastic dough. Shape into a ball and divide in half and than half again until you get to 10 large or 12 slightly smaller pieces. The most important part is to get them equal size, they will cook more evenly.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and sprinkle with an even amount of Cornmeal, not to cover but so that you can get it on the bottom of the English Muffin (I did both sides you chose what you like of course if you do both sides you will need more Cornmeal). Take your equal portions of the dough and roll as though you were making a dinner roll. Place on the cookie sheet and squish into the cornmeal with your palm -- they should be about 1/2 inch thick.
- Cover with a dry, clean towel and allow to double in volume.
- Meanwhile prep your Cast Iron Pan (I used a 12 inch pan), heat to medium low -- you don't want it at medium but medium low this is a slow process. You want to get a crisp on the bottom and top but you also want to cook the dough thru and thru. Add Clarified Butter to make a little layer on the bottom of the pan add your proofed Muffins being careful not to over crowd your pan or to deflate your precious little muffins, I used a very sharp metal spatula. Cook for 7 minutes on the first side and flip, cook for 6 more minutes. I am going to suggest you do what I did since this was my first time making them, I took one muffin and cooked it 7 on one side - if you are smelling something burning your pan is too hot. Flip and try 6 minutes on the second side - if you see its not getting browned adjust your heat according likewise if its smelling burnt lower it. Set this test Muffin to the side, remove your pan from the stove and allow muffin to cool. With a fork separate the muffin in half -- you don't want a doughy center. Adjust all times and temps accordingly. Bring your pan back to temp and repeat for all muffins. I will also suggest you do what I did and just take a paper towel and clean the Cast Iron after each set of your English Muffins. Re add your Clarified Butter and repeat till done. Transfer your cooked Muffins to a cooling rack. I couldn't wait for that first muffin -- but please don't use a knife to cut your muffin or squish it -- use the fork technique and open it gently.
- Lastly enjoy your accomplishment -- butter and jam or an egg sandwich. Freeze well.
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