I buy English Muffins at the store all the time. My family loves them. The ones we buy are about $3.00 a pack. So, I decided I wanted to try to make them myself at home. I am on a quest to try new things in the homemaking department and this has been on my list for a long time. English Muffins were orginally something the “downstairs” sevants made with the leftover bread and biscuit dough scraps and mashed potatoes in England’s Victorian society. Once “upstairs” tasted these rich muffins they requested them, especially during teatime. They really are not like American muffin’s at all and are closer related to a crumpet. I had all of the ingredients at home to make the homemade version and those ingredients are something I usually always keep on hand. I like knowing that I can make things myself without having to buy them from the store. Here’s the recipe if you want to try it yourself.
1 cup hot water
1/2 cup milk
2 tsp honey
4 cups white flour (or you can use 1/2 white and 1/2 whole wheat)
2 teaspoons instant yeast
2 Tablespoons oil
Add water , milk, honey and salt in a mixing bowl. (I mixed mine in my Kitchenaid.) Combine. Add 2 cups of flour and yeast, stir to mix until combined. Cover with a clean towel and allow to rise for one hour. Add remaining 2 cups flour and oil and stir until well combined. Roll out onto a cornmeal covered surface and use a cookie cutter or cup, cut out into round shapes. Let cut muffins rise, covered, for one hour. Heat a griddle to medium high heat and coat with a little oil (I sprayed mine with nonstick cooking spray). Grill muffins on both sides until lightly brown. Take grilled muffins and place on a cookie sheet. Place cookie sheet in a 350 degree oven for 5-10 minutes or until the middles are done. I like to cut the muffins in half, toast them and serve with butter and jelly. You can also serve them for breakfast, after heating them add egg and cheese and eat like a sandwich. After making these sandwiches, you can freeze them and then microwave them on a busy weekday morning. I
If you want to make these you will need to plan some time to be at home. While they really did not take much effort to make, there was a lot of waiting time for rising. The hardest part is getting them the right size when you cut them out and grill them. They do sell English muffin rings that you can buy to help you keep them the right size as you are grilling them. My muffins might not been the right size or perfectly round, but they tasted great. We made breakfast for dinner and enjoyed these wonderful muffins. I do plan to make these again as they were so easy.