Saturday, February 25, 2012

English Muffins

I stopped buying English muffins at the store about a year ago, the prices were rising to $4.00 for 6 muffins, are you kidding me? I can also taste the preservatives used in them and that taste is just not appealing to me, so I decided to make homemade English muffins! These are simple to make and very budget friendly, I made 24 of them for $1.49! 
1 cup milk
2 T sugar
* optional - 1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast or 1 package (.25 size)
1 cup warm water (110F-115F)
1/4 cup butter, melted
5 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
  • Heat milk (I use a small saucepan over the stove) but don't let it boil. Remove from heat and mix in sugar (and cinnamon if you want). Let cool until lukewarm. 
  • Pour warm water and yeast in a small bowl for 10 minutes until the yeast is foamy. 
  • In a large bowl, combine milk mixture, yeast mixture, melted butter and half of the flour. 
  • Beat until smooth then add the rest of the flour and salt. 
  • Knead until dough is smooth. 
  • Place in a well oiled bowl, cover and let rise for about an hour or until doubled in size.
  • Punch down and roll out so dough is about 1/2 inch thick. 
  • Cut out with a biscuit cutter, a mason jar ring, or a drinking glass (I don't have a biscuit cutter so I use a round, fluted edge cookie cutter a little larger than 3 1/2 inches). You can choose your own size. 
  • I use parchment paper sprinkled with a little cornmeal on my counter top and let my dough rise for about 45 minutes. 
  • Preheat an electric griddle at 325F and cook for 8-10 minutes per side. 
  • Place the muffins on a cookie sheet and bake them in a 325F oven for another 8-10 minutes. You want to make sure they are cooked on the inside! Then cool on a baking rack. This makes 20-24 muffins. Since we are only 2 people in our household, I freeze some in a baggie once they are cool.
  • Optional - if you added the 1 tsp of cinnamon to your milk and sugar, your muffins will have a slight cinnamon taste and cinnamon is good for your health! 
  • We like mascarpone cheese, peanut butter, honey or homemade jam on our muffins! Enjoy!

 Love and peace,
~ Simply Tammi

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