Monday, October 17, 2011

How To Make Whole wheat English Muffins

We love English Muffins. They are tasty and easy to make from scratch. We make ours with freshly ground hard white wheat, but, you can use whole wheat flour from the store or half all purpose and half whole wheat. Just don't be afraid to try them. They are just too good to miss out on.
The recipe I first started with came from recipetips. I have made a few changes to meet our family's eating needs. 
3 cups freshly ground hard white wheat
1 tsp salt (we use Redmond's real salt)
1 tsp aluminum free baking powder
1 tablespoon yeast
1 cup of milk (you might need a little more to reach the right dough consistency)
3 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 egg
cornmeal as needed


After we grind the flour needed for the recipe, we then mixed all the ingredients together in a large bowl to make a soft and sticky dough. At this point I pour the dough into the bread machine and let it do all the hard work of kneading it. If you don't have a bread machine you can follow the instructions given here.

Once the machine is done kneading, remove the dough and put it in an oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth and let it rise until it doubles in size (1 - 1 1/2 hours). Once the dough has risen you then take it out of the bowl and put it on your work surface.(if the dough is sticking to your hands try oiling your hands a little) Gently roll and pat the dough out to about 1/2 - 1 inch thickness. Use a round biscuit cutter to cut your dough into rounds. Cover the muffins with a towel and let them rise for 30 minutes.
Heat your griddle on med-low and carefully transfer your muffins to the griddle.
When the underside is nice and brown , flip them and cook the other side.
The outside should be brown and crusty and the inside should be soft and hot, but not gooey or gummy.
Split them open with a fork and slap them with some real butter. My kids cannot resist fresh English Muffins hot from the oven. Baby Boy likes his with a little honey or homemade jam.
I hope you will try this recipe and make some whole wheat English Muffins from scratch. Your tummy will thank you for it.

Until next time, bye

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