So the mister wants to know…"Why would anyone ever buy those crappy english muffins from the store when they could be eating these?"
Good question…And we will all answer…."Never again! Because I now make the sickest E.M.s around.!"(E.M.s is the cool short way to say english muffins and now that you are going to make your own….man, your so cool!)
These E.M.s are perfect. Easy to make, not overly fussy, and you end up with a super yummy, extremely versatile, individually portion super sweet little disk of bread. And the best part is..nooks and crannies! I think that is why I decided to make these E.M.s, so Nick and I can talk the about nooks and crannies…(Sometimes we need light conversation)
We start with flour and salt whisked together in a bowl. The honey, yeast and warm water are getting on proofing in a jar. An egg waiting to be cracked, some milk, and 2 tablespoons of butter. All this good stuff equals…nooks and crannies!
Oh you like my nifty dough whisk….me too, I use it all the time. Maybe I should have a dough whisk give away ……maybe…..
Everything all mixed together, dumped onto a floured surface and kneaded for 10 minutes by hand…..If you have a stand mixer, you can use it if you want, but you are missing out on the fun of doing it by hand….
When the dough has been sufficiently kneaded, gather dough into a nice ball, coat with a little oil and place back into bowl. Cover with a towel and stick in a warm place to rise for about an hour or until it has doubled in size.
When dough has doubled, punch down and plop out onto floured surface. Dust the bottom of a griddle or in my case, two cast iron pans, with corn meal. Divide dough into 8-10 equal balls and smash into 2 inch thick disks.
Place on griddle or pans and sprinkle more corn meal on top of each E.M. Cover and let rise for another 15 minute.
Now the E.M.s have rested, turn the griddle (or pans) on to low heat. Once your griddle (or pans) gets hot, continue to cook that side for another 7-10 minutes, or until golden brown. Flip and cook other side for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Once browned, check for doneness with a thermometer. The inside should reach 200 degrees.( if you don't have a thermometer, fork split one open and check…. you are going to eat it anyway) If the outside cooked faster then the inside, no worries, just pop them into the oven at 350 for 8-10 minutes. I had to pop mine into the oven for to cook completely.
Remove form griddle, let cool a bit, and ……Fresh, fluffy fat, fantastic….Everything and more that a real english muffin should be. Split open with a fork and……. the nooks and crannies! So spot on. Serve with anything your heart desires…I served these with whipped honey butter…. and eat the only kind of E.M. you will ever again eat. Grocery store english muffins be damned!
Enjoy and Happy Tuesday!
- 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoon butter at room temperature
- 1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 egg
- cornmeal for pan
Combine warm water, honey and yeast in a bowl to active..about 5-10 minutes or until yeast is foamy.
In a separate bowl, whisk together flour and salt. Mix in butter(I use my fingers) When yeast mixture is done proofing, whisk together mixture with the egg and milk. Add wet to dry and mix until just incorporated Dump out onto floured surface and knead dough for 8 minutes, adding a bit of flour whenever dough starts to get too sticky. Roll into a ball, coat with oil and place back into bowl and cover with a towel. Let rise for 60 minutes or until sought has doubled in size.
Once the first rise is done, deflate dough and divide into 8 equal pieces(10 for a slightly smaller muffin). Smoosh each ball into a flat disk, about 2 inches thick) and place on a cold cornmeal dusted cast iron griddle. (I used 2 cast iron pans) Sprinkle tops of muffins with more corn meal and let dough rest for another 15 minted. Turn burners on low heat. Let griddle get hot and continue to cook the muffins for another 10 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and cook opposite side until gold brown and remove from griddle. To make sure the muffins are cooked completely, stick an instant read thermometer into the center…it should read 200 degrees. (if you don't have a thermometer, split one open… the tester E.M.) If the E.M.s are not completely cook, just stick in the oven on 350 for 5-10 minutes or until cooked throughout.
Remove and let cool. To serve, split open with a fork and give a light toast. Spread with butter, jam, peanuts butter, anything you want…maybe make E.M pizzas!