June 18, 2017
1/4 – Cup warm water
2 ¼ teaspoons/1/4 ounce/7 grams – Active Dry Yeast (1 packet)
2 – Cups whole wheat flour
1 – Cup bread or all-purpose flour
1 – Tsp. salt
1 – Cup milk
3 – Tbls. oil or apple sauce
1 – Tbls. honey
1 – Lg egg
Cornmeal as needed
Sprinkle yeast over warm (about 105° F. is ideal) water and let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes. In a large bowl, mix flour(s) and salt.
In a separate bowl, mix milk, oil and honey. Add egg and stir until well blended. Stir in the yeast mixture. Add liquid to about half of the dry ingredients and mix well, with a stand mixer or by hand. Mix in remaining dry ingredients. Dough will be soft and somewhat sticky.
Turn dough out onto floured work surface and knead for several minutes. If too sticky to knead, add flour, a tablespoon at a time.
Put dough in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel, and let rise in a warm place (see TIP) until doubled in size. Rising time will depend on temperature; allow about 1 hour.
Turn risen dough out onto a work surface that has been liberally dusted with cornmeal and pat or roll to about 1/2″ thick. Cut into approximately 3 inch rounds with a cookie cutter, tin can, or jar lid. If you wish, combine the scraps of dough into more muffins, handling as little as possible. Cover the muffins with a towel and let rise for 20-30 minutes.
Heat a griddle or large skillet over medium-low heat. Sprinkle with corn meal. Using a spatula, carefully transfer muffins to hot griddle. Cook about 5 minutes on each side, turn and cook for 2-3 minutes per side. Outsides should be golden brown and crusty, insides should be soft, but not gooey. You might need to sacrifice a muffin or two as doneness tests.
Remove to cooling rack as they finish cooking. Cook the rest in batches.
English muffins are traditionally split open with a fork, rather than cut, and then toasted, but they will be good however you do it.
TIP: To create a warm place for rising dough, microwave a glass of water for 2 minutes then put the bowl of dough into the microwave with the hot water. Heat from the water will provide an appropriate temperature–and the dough does not need to be covered, since it will not dry on the surface in this humid environment.
Bread, Breakfast, English Muffin, Whole Wheat,