Friday, December 27, 2013

English Muffins - A Tasty Experiment!

Christmas 2013 is past and we're now awaiting the New Year. Usually at this time of year, it seems like life slows down just a little (emphasis on the words "just a little"! ) . Somehow it seems there's a moment to get my nose into that new book I got for Christmas, clean out an over-stuffed drawer, take a short walk in the brisk winter weather with a friend, or .....try a new recipe!! This recipe for English muffins is soooo simple and soooo delicious, I wondered why I didn't try making them earlier in my life! Now I have no excuse for using store-bought English muffins when I get the hankering for them......I just make my own!

They are best made on an electric griddle, though if you don't have one, you could use a large skillet on low heat. The muffin rings are usually inexpensive (about $.80 each) and can be purchased at a kitchen store (maybe the EZ DOH website should start carrying them!! Hmmmmmmm......)

Enjoy this recipe.....and the final days of 2013!

English Muffins 

1/2 cup non-fat powdered milk
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon shortening
1 cup hot water
1 packet/Tablespoon Red Star Platinum yeast 
1/3 cup warm water
2 cups all-purpose flour

In EZ DOH bucket, dissolve yeast in the 1/3 cup warm water. Let sit for 1-2 minutes to activate yeast. In a separate bowl, dissolve powdered milk in remaining 1 cup warm water. Add 1 cup of flour and remaining ingredients, including powdered milk mixture, to the yeast mixture in the EZ DOH bucket. EZ DOH-it until well mixed. Cover and let rise till doubled. Preheat an electric griddle on low. Place English muffin rings (3” metal rings) on griddle and spray lightly with cooking spray. Fill each ring halfway full with dough mixture. Cover (use a cookie sheet or a pot lid) and let cook 5-6 minutes. Remove the lid, flip the muffins and replace the lid, cooking for another 5-6 minutes, until golden. Carefully remove muffins from the griddle with tongs and place on a cooling rack. Remove rings, if you have not already done so. Repeat with remaining batter. Makes 8-10


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