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!
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…
What do you like on your English Muffins?
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