english muffins

February 9, 2010


It was only a matter of time before I had some hours to devote to this project. The only thing about baking bread that is prohibitive is the time it needs. That is also, actually, what I like about it since it means I get to dedicate a weekend afternoon to pottering around my house and catching up on life, reading, drinking tea and occasionally tending to the bread.

You don’t need any fancy equipment to make these english muffins; it’s all done by hand and as per all these d.i.y. posts – there are no weird ingredients and it costs a lot less than buying packaged muffins at the store. hell yeah.

The recipe is from Bernard Clayton’s New Complete Book of Breads which was given to me as a gift and is awesome.

I am still mastering the art of baking bread – it’s really hard! This recipe said that it yielded two dozen muffins…after all the kneading and rolling in the world, my batch turned out significantly smaller. It didn’t seem to negatively affect the taste which is weird but it definitely means that each of mine are a meal on their own!

These don’t necessarily look exactly as you would expect a store-bough english muffin to, but looks aren’t everything! I had my first one with butter, herbed turkey, cheddar and black pepper. Yum.

You can find plenty of recipes for english muffins online. Would you give these a go? Do you think it’s worth the time?

If you like baking and trying out new things then I think this is wholly worth the time spent since you have a massive batch of cheap-as-chips, healthy lunch and breakfast staples awaiting you and you didn’t spend a mini fortune to get them! So satisfying.

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Jenny February 9, 2010 at 3:26 pm

I have never even considered attempting my own English Muffins.. wow.. these look wonderful!

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brandi February 9, 2010 at 3:26 pm

those look fabulous! I've really been getting into making my own bread. i think I'll have to try these at some point :)

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joyofood February 9, 2010 at 3:40 pm

My Mum used to bake her own bread for years when I was a child, but I have to admit I'd rather buy bread in than bake it myself. I do love the smell of freshly baked bread.

Taylor

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Michal February 9, 2010 at 7:39 pm

You know like Jenny i never considered making my own english muffins either but now you've got me curious!

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sara (effortless health) February 9, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Baking bread is never worth the time in my opinion… But that might be because I never eat bread and dont really like it that much…

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sophia February 9, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Bread is getting expensive. I would totally love to make some of my own. I just haven't had much success wth bread-baking, so I'm still wary! Yours look amazing, though. Great job!

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Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) February 10, 2010 at 9:31 am

I'm always weirded out by the long ingredient lists in packaged breads, so this recipe looks great! My mom and grandma eat english muffins with butter every morning, so perhaps I will bake them some homemade goodies for Valentine's Day :-)

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Holly February 10, 2010 at 11:35 am

ENGLISH MUFFINS = LOVE.

ummm i used to eat english muffin bread all the time growing up – do you think this recipe would work in a bread loaf pan too? because that bread it my ultimate fave with butter + jelly. gahhhh!

love you – hope you are surviving your week. i'm barely alive, but determined to do it up.

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laurageorgina February 10, 2010 at 2:17 pm

I'd definitely make some at home! The ones that we get here are about ten years old by the time they hit the shelves and cost over $6 US for a small package.

As much as I love English muffins, I REALLY miss English crumpets.. with butter… making a yellow mess on my plate… Do you miss them too, or can you find them in MN?

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laurageorgina February 10, 2010 at 2:19 pm

I'd definitely make some at home! The ones that we get here are about ten years old by the time they hit the shelves and cost over $6 US for a small package.

As much as I love English muffins, I REALLY miss English crumpets.. with butter… making a yellow mess on my plate… Do you miss them too, or can you find them in MN?

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Katie February 10, 2010 at 6:23 pm

I'm with you…I like piddling around the house with the excuse of baking. These look phenomenal.

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Thinspired February 11, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Ahh! It's been too long since I've read your blog!
As usual your photos are gorgeous. Now I am craving an English muffin. I bet they are amazing homemade, but I'm honestly not sure I'd try to do it at home. I struggled enough trying to make homemade scones ;)

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Justine February 12, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Oh I love baking bread! It is really relaxing but for some reason, I get all hung up on the tiny bit of kneading and usually end up talking myself out of doing it. I think I have been re-inspired to make a better effort! Thank you. :)

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