New Meal Monday: Homemade English Muffins

Everyone loves Friday. It typically marks the end of the week, which mean it introduces the possibilities of weekend fun. In our house, Friday’s come with the tradition of “Fried Egg Friday”. I’m not entirely sure how this tradition started, but it ended up with me making Egg Sandwiches every Friday.  Somehow this tradition has been around for years now! So for this week’s New Meal Monday, we thought we’d see if we could enhance this breakfast experience, by making our very own English Muffins.
Well, enhance it it did.  Whether part of a sandwich, or simply spread with butters or jams, these freshly made muffins were nothing short of delightful.  We had them with our breakfast sandwiches, and later, my wife had one at work that was simply buttered. She used the drooly-face emoji to describe it...I think that sums it up!
We sell English Muffin Rings from Norpro at our stores and they print a recipe right on the box...doesn't get easier than that!  You could also use a biscuit cutter or about 3.5" round cookie cutter.  This recipe takes a while, but if you plan accordingly its well worth the wait! Should produce about 16-20 muffins.

What you'll need:

  • 2 Tbsp water heated to 105-115F
  • 1 package active dry yeast 
  • 1C of water
  • 1/2C scalded milk
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4C all purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp butter, softened

How you'll do it:

  1. Dissolve yeast into the 2 Tbsp of warmed water for 3 min.
  2. Combine the rest of the water, milk, sugar, salt and yeast together, and gradually beat in 2 cups of the flour.
  3. Cover bowl with a clothe and and let rise about 1.5hrs* or until dough collapses back in the bowl.
  4. Beat in butter and knead in remaining flour.
  5. Roll out dough and press to a thickness of 1/2" and cut out with muffin rings
  6. Place rounds on a lightly greased baking sheet until dough has roughly doubled in size.
  7. Cook muffins in a well oiled griddle over medium heat, cooking till lightly browned on each side (ideally only flipping once).
  8. Cool on a cooling rack and enjoy!

*Directions say to let rise in a warm area of about 85F.  I just did it at room temp and it seemed to work just fine.