English Muffins

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Week #12 in The Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge is English Muffins! I can’t believe how much I have learned in this challenge by baking a new bread recipe each week. I’m so thankful to Pinch My Salt for organizing this challenge & for getting me out of my baking box! Well I don’t even think I had a box because the only bread I had really ever baked was banana bread. LOL If you don’t already have Peter Reinhart’s book you really should pick it up! If I can bake bread so can you!


These were actually really fun to bake! I had my concerns; I’m normally not a big English Muffin eater. They tend to be a little dry & dense for me (at least the ones I’ve eaten) but nonetheless I jumped in as I do every week. I will say that other than Marta who is indispensable, I have three other bread baking tools that I just adore & make my bread baking more enjoyable. My digital scale (because sadly everything must be weighed, precision is key here), my digital thermometer (because, yes, we must take the dough’s temperature & oh yes, the liquids must also be at just the right temperatures) No guess work allowed people! And last but certainly not least what I call my dough cutter. Which I know is not the technical name for it. LOL. It’s a baker’s bench knife but dough cutter just sounds better to me!

This was another 1 day bread, which by now you know that I love. Plus it had minimal ingredients – another big plus. The dough was very different from the other doughs we’ve used but the instructions were straight forward. No fancy schmancy braiding this week, simply rolling out a few boules (fancy talk for balls) & waiting for them to puff up (which they did oh so beautifully) This dough smelled tasty & I couldn’t wait to get it on the griddle. I actually didn’t cook mine as long as recommended (look at me not following directions – sorry Peter) but I like my breads a little on the softer side & hello I actually do eat all of the food I make so – just sayin’! After the griddle, they went into the sauna to finish off the insides. All together quick & easy.

Naturally you know me well enough to know that I didn’t wait until it cooled down completely. I like my bread warm, don’t you? It had a beautiful tan on the outside & the inside was soft & scrumptious! I decided that bacon makes everything better so I baked up a batch of spicy & sweet bacon, fried up some eggs & made a lovely fried egg & bacon English Muffin! Dee-lish!

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Okay, I think by now you know the drill…dry ingredients into wet ingredients, pass off to Marta who works super hard while I check in on my emails & catch up on tweets. LOL and then she passes it back to me. But here go the step by steps…

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What do you like on your English Muffins?

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35 Comments

  1. 1

    Fleur de sel butter + Nutella (!).

    • 1.1

      Ooooh Ellise! Now why didn’t I think of adding Nutella ;) Nutella makes everything better! Great idea!

  2. 2

    Goshhhh I love muffins but these look a hundred miles beyond what I’m used to – I love how fat they are! And the texture of the outside! I can’t believe I’ve made so many American muffins and never thought to make English ones; I’m ashamed, haha. Gorgeous.

    • 2.1

      Hi Indigo! They are fat aren’t they? But in a good way :) The outside crust was amazing & the inside was very light & fluffy! Dee-lish.

  3. 3

    Beautiful English muffins! I like them with eggs and lots of cheese, topped with a slice of tomato!

    • 3.1

      Ciao Kathy! Thank you. Oooh cheese! That would have been lovely as well! Melted cheese on top of the bacon, oh yeah!

  4. 4

    Nicely done! I loved making the english muffins and was shocked on how easy they actually were to make. The other plus is the whole 1 day bread thing I love. Of course I keep cheating and looking ahead and get more and more giddy because focaccia is almost there……..

    • 4.1

      Ciao Jeff! Thanks much! I know it was shocked it was so easy peasy I thought perhaps I’d done something wrong LOL & I LOVE the one day breads! Right up my alley! I’m making the Foccacia domani (tomorrow) & can’t wait! Yum-O!

  5. 5

    Wow, these look great! i like how thick they are! I sometimes don’t like English muffins b/c they are too thin and fall apart when you slice them and make a sandwich like the one you made up top. But these look like they would hold nicely!!!

    • 5.1

      Hi Niki! Grazie. I’m not a fan of the flat dense ones myself! These little muffins just kept rising & rising & well I do like my breads on the softer side & was pretty pleased with them (even if they’re not quite traditional ;)

  6. 6

    Yum! I could use that breakfast sandwich right about now. Great job with those :)

    • 6.1

      Thanks Nicole! I was wishing I had some more around this morning. Sadly, the bread never lasts too long in my house LOL!

  7. 7

    Awesome. Your muffins look so terrific.
    I love mine with peanut butter, jelly or cinnamon sugar and I have made egg suemuffins before. LOL.
    Great job,
    Susie

    • 7.1

      Thanks Susie! I really don’t think you can go wrong with any of those toppings :) & how cute are suemuffins!

  8. 8

    Those muffins look so plump and delicious! Yum!

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    Janine /

    This look good! I’d love to see a pic of the inside. You know how English Muffins usually have holes (I’m blanking on the right wording here). Anyway, I made some once and they were not good..extremely dense. Yours look awesome! I put peanut butter or butter or jam on them usually! Wish I had one now :)

    • 9.1

      Hi Janine! Grazie. The insides were gorgeous! You’ll have to trust me on that one. They barely lasted long enough for me to grab the shots I did LOL next time I’ll try and save one & get an inside shot. I’m certain to be making these again. Will probably double the batch & hope for leftovers, who am I kidding, even with doubling I’m sure they’d all get devoured around our house LOL!

  10. 10

    I just ordered the book! I can’t wait to try the recipes.

    • 10.1

      Yeah Adina :) I’m so glad you picked up the book. I think you’re truly going to love it. It has fantastic recipes & tips & easy to follow instructions! Made bread making possible for this non baker :)

  11. 11

    I usually smear all breakfast breads with jam. But, you are a wise person, and I think I’m going to follow your lead and make bacon when I get to these.

    • 11.1

      Ciao Haley! Ah, yes bacon is a powerful thing! It does make everything tastier! :)

  12. 12

    I’d like one with butter and jams and one with just bacon, please. ;-)

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    Charlotte /

    Am I missing something..? Where is the recipe?

    • 13.1

      Hi Charlotte- No you’re not missing anything. Although with all of my other food posts I post the recipe, with my bread posts I do not. I am participating in the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge. We are baking through Peter Reinhart’s book The Bread Baker’s Apprentice one recipe at a time. It’s a great book & I highly recommend it :)

  14. 14

    Beautiful! I, too, would have preferred bacon over my sausage loving family~

    • 14.1

      Thanks Frieda! I’m sure the sausage would have been great too (but yes, I secretly prefer bacon too ;)

  15. 15

    Beautiful blog!

    Your English muffins look and sound great! I’ll have one just the way you made it please… ;)

    • 15.1

      Thanks Andrea! I really appreciate that! These were delicious & doesn’t bacon make everything better LOL!

  16. 16

    wow! these look amazing.
    i am really enjoying your posts, your breads always look superb! not to mention they always make my mouth water, YUM!

    keep it up

    • 16.1

      Thanks Denise! I’ve really been enjoying baking through Peter Reinhart’s book! Am working on Foccacia today :)

  17. 17

    Your english muffins look awesome.

    • 17.1

      Thanks Wendy! I really liked them. They were quite big & fluffy inside! Yum!

  18. 18

    I have thought and thought about venturing out and making these this year! The pics look soooooo yummy and inspiring! I think you did a great job! =-)

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