Homemade English Muffins
- 2 cups (480 ml) whole milk
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 packet)
- 1 large egg
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- 5 cups (650 g) bread flour
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoon salt
- cornmeal for dusting
- In a small saucepan heat the milk and honey over low heat until it reaches 105-115ºF. Remove from heat stir in the yeast and set aside for 5 mins. Whisk in the egg and melted butter.
- Add the flour and salt to the bowl of a stand mixer. Fit the mixer with the dough hook attachment. with the mixer on low speed gradually pour the milk mixture into the flour.
- Continue to beat on low until the flour is incorporated stop and scrape down the sides and bottom as needed. Turn the speed up to medium and mix for about 4 minutes until the dough is smooth and sticky.
- Scrape the dough out into a lightly oiled bowl. Brush a little oil over the top of the dough. Cover and set in a warm place to rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface using as little flour as possible gently knead the dough together. (The dough is very sticky. Add just enough flour to make it easy to handle.)
- Divide the dough in half. Divide each half into 8 equal sized pieces. You should have 16 dough balls. (If you want smaller muffins divide each half into 11 pieces to equal 22 dough balls.) Roll each piece into a ball and flatten the ball into a disk.
- Place the disks on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper that has been dusted with cornmeal. Sprinkle more cornmeal over the tops. Cover with a lint-free towel and set in a draft-free place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
- Preheat the oven to 325ºF.
- Heat a griddle over medium-low heat. Gently lift each disk with a plastic spatula and place it on the griddle. (Handle the dough with care so you don t deflate it) Cook them for about 2 minutes on each side until lightly browned on both sides. Work in batches.
- Place the muffins back on the cookie sheet and bake them for 10-15 minutes.
- Transfer the muffins to a cooling rack and let them cool completely.
- Split the English muffins with a fork and toast them a toaster until the edges are lightly browned. Serve warm with your favorite jam or butter.
MAKE AHEAD TIP
- Muffins are good for up 5 days stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
- Muffins can also be wrapped in plastic wrap sealed in a zip-top bag and frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and toast before serving.
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