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These big, thick, homemade English muffins are wonderful toasted and spread with butter and jam, of course; and theyíre also a nice size for breakfast sandwiches. Step-by-step photos illustrating how to make breakfast sandwiches are available at Flourish, our King Arthur blog.
1 3/4 cups (14 ounces) lukewarm milk OR 1/3 cup (2 ounces) Bakerís Special Dry Milk + 1 3/4 cups (14 ounces) lukewarm water
3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) melted butter
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons (7/8 ounce) granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon Pizza Dough Flavor, optional
3 tablespoons (1 1/4 ounces) potato flour or 1/3 cup instant mashed potato flakes
3 cups (12 3/4 ounces) King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour
2 teaspoons instant yeast
semolina, for dry frying
Combine all of the ingredients except the semolina in a mixing bowl, or the bowl of your stand mixer. Mix till everything is combined, then beat at high speed (using the flat beater paddle, if youíre using a stand mixer) for 5 minutes. The dough will be soft, sticky, and glossy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, cover it, and allow the dough to rise for about 90 minutes, till itís just about doubled in bulk.
Heat an ungreased frying pan or griddle over very low heat; a griddle with a thermostat should be set at 300įF. You may want to make one test muffin first, as follows:
When the griddle or pan is up to heat, place one well greased 3 3/4Ē English muffin ring in the pan, and sprinkle a little semolina inside the ring. Semolina will give your muffins a typical crunchy English muffin crust. (Why not cornmeal, instead of semolina? Cornmeal burns easily. Semolina is preferred, but use cornmeal if you must. Or try using farina, a.k.a. Cream of Wheat.) If you donít have muffin rings, fashion them from tuna cans, top and bottom removed, washed, and greased.
Scoop a scant 1/2 cup (2 3/4 ounces) of sticky dough out of the bowl; itís easiest if you rinse your measuring cup and wet your fingers before adding the dough to the cup. Use your wet fingers to shape the dough into a circle about the size of the ring (donít stress about being too exact), lay it into the ring, and sprinkle the top lightly with semolina. After 7 minutes, check the bottom of the muffin; it should be a medium-golden brown. If itís not, turn up the heat; if itís too brown, turn down the heat. Cook for another 10 minutes, then use a pair of tongs to grab each side of the ring. It might lift right off; if it does, lift it off, set it aside, and use a spatula to gently turn the muffin over. If it doesnít, flip the muffin over, ring and all; then gently wiggle the ring around till it comes off. Cook the second side for about 15 to 18 minutes, till itís a deep golden brown. If you have an instant-read thermometer, the interior temperature will be about 200įF. Remove the muffin from the griddle, and gently split it open. If it appears to be done inside, cook the remaining muffins the same way. If itís still gummy or wet, turn the heat down a bit and cook the remaining muffins a bit longer on each side.
When the muffins are brown on both sides, transfer them to a rack to cool. When completely cool, store in a plastic bag.
Yield: about a dozen muffins.
To make breakfast sandwiches: Fry 2 slices of bacon or one sausage patty for each breakfast sandwich. For ham sandwiches, cut baked or boiled ham into rounds the size of your muffins; this is easily accomplished by using one of the muffin rings as a cutter. Cut sliced cheese into muffin-sized circles the same way, if you like. Split, toast, and butter breakfast sandwich muffins, and set aside. Fry or scramble an egg for each sandwich. To assemble sandwiches, place meat on bottom half of muffin. Top with egg, then cheese. Place under broiler for a minute or so to melt the cheese. Top with remaining muffin half.
To prepare sandwiches ahead: Assemble the sandwiches, but don't broil them. Wrap and refrigerate. To serve, remove from the refrigerator, and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet; the parchment will catch any dripping cheese. Lay another piece of parchment over the sandwiches, and another pan on top of that; this presses them down slightly, and helps the filling meld together nicely. Bake in a preheated 350įF oven till the cheese melts, about 15 to 20 minutes. Serve hot or warm.