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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