Thursday, March 22, 2012

English Muffins

I'm sure many of us here already know  that English muffins are not the little cakes but a type of bread leavened with yeast and cooked in griddle or frying pan. They are usually split, toasted , put some spread on it or as sandwiches and one interesting thing that i just knew about these English muffins is that they are better not to cut with a knife when serving but rather fork split it. Yes, fork split. The reason of doing so is likely to have that kind of rough and jagged surface like this /\/\/\/\/\/\. In Peter Reinhart's book, the 'Bread Baker's Apparentice', he said that we can do so by running the tines of the fork into and around the edge of the bread, fork split it and those high and low points of the surface , they call it 'nook and crannies '( i just know this term today) which are very much of a part of the english muffins characteristics will be created. Cute, eh?

'fork splitted 'muffins and its 'wanted' rough surface

Recipe ( from Bread Baker's Apparentice )
makes 6 English muffins
10 oz unbleached bread flour ( i used ordinary bread flour)
1/2 tbsp granulated sugar ( i used caster sugar)
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 tsp instant yeast
1 tbsp (0.5 oz) shortening/unsalted butter, at room temp ( i used butter)
3/4 cup to 1 cup milk or buttermilk, at room temp ( 1 used milk )
cornmeal, for dusting

or sandwich..

1. Stir together flour, salt, sugar and yeast in a mixing bowl. Stir in the shortening or butter and 3/4 cup of milk   mix in low speed with paddle attachment until the ingredients form a ball. If there's still loose flour in the bowl, add in the remaining 1/4 cup of milk. The dough should be soft and pliable, not stiff.
2.Change to dough hook on medium speed and knead the dough for about 10 minutes, sprinkling in more flour if necessary. It should pass the windowpane stage. ( i did not get to the windowpane stage but beat for about 15 minutes on my machine) Lightly oil a large bowl and transfer the dough to the bowl, rolling it to coat with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let it proof for 60-90 minutes or until double its size.
3.Divide the dough into 6 pieces of 3 oz each and shape the pieces into ball. Line a sheet pan or baking pan with parchment paper, mist the parchment with some oil and dust with cornmeal. Arrange the dough each spacing them 3 inches apart. Spray them lightly with oil and sprinkle them with cornmeal. Cover the pan loosely with a clean towel. Let it proof for another 60-90 minutes until nearly double its size.
4.Heat a skillet and also preheat the oven to 350F/177C with the oven rack on the middle shelf.
5.Gently transfer the muffins to the pan, 1 inch apart from one another. Cook them for 5-8 minutes minutes or until the bottom of the dough turns rich golden brown, they will brown quickly but will not burn for a while, so resist the temptation to turn them prematurely or they will fall when you flip them over. Flip them over and cook the other side for another 5-8 minutes. You can use your spatula to flatten them a little.
6. Transfer the pieces to a sheet pan and place it in the oven and bake for another 5-8 minutes to cook the inside. ( dont wait for the uncooked pieces or the ones just out from the pan will not respond to oven stage ( i did 3 at a time, fry them in pan and bake them in oven, then continue with the balance 3 )
7. Transfer the baked muffins to a cooling rack and cool for at least 30 mins before slicing them.


  1. I like the way you VVVVVVVV the thing.
    Can supply to McD oredi, looks just like it.

  2. I bet your sandwich taste way better than Mcmuffins ! hahaha

  3. eileen@hundred eighty degreesMarch 22, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    I learn something new today, thanks Lena!

  4. Yeah I know this English muffins from McD breakfast...u made an awesome one. can I have a bite?

  5. Nice. I saw Sonia doing it with chicken floss filling yesterday. I hope I can make this one day too.

  6. Lena, Is this another Macca-inspired creation? :D But I think your muffins are so much so much so much ...100x better than the Macca ones as I can see lots of VVVVVVV in these perfectly risen muffins :D

  7. Learned something here - I didn't know an English muffin is not a muffin :p

    The word 'muffin' has mislead me, hihihi~

  8. This certainly reminds me of Mac sausage mcmuffin with egg !.. I didn't know these can be made at home !..I thought Mac has a secret recipe for it though... now i am inspired... hehe

  9. Lena, can send some over pls. This is defintely better and more yum than McDonalds.

  10. I love english muffins and you did a great job on the muffins. Like the VVVV thing you created. Do you like Peter Reinhart now :)))) I love and adore his tips la..dont get me wrong okay :p

  11. I like the first photo, it got that rusty looks! Like Wendy, I love your \/\/\/\/\/ too :) :)

  12. Your muffins looks great! I was just thinking about English muffins yesterday! Did I tell you, 'great minds..." !!! We could be twins, of course I need to go on a diet first! Hahahaha!! Should I get this book....hmmm...!!

  13. Haven't tried this.....but they sure look yummy

  14. oooooo....coincidentally, my friend also made some recently but instead of oven, she used Happy Call Pan :P I am going to try this out soon!! My fav at McDonalds :)

  15. Another great breakfast with ur english muffins :)

  16. I didn't know their existence but they certainly look delicious!Have a lovely day,dear!

  17. wendy: i never knew about the /\/\/\/\ until i read from the book, then i searched the internet.

    anne: actually hor, i hv never taste the mcd muffins.

    eileen: you are welcome!

    angeline: can! what filling are the macdonalds ones?

    sheohyan: oh, the one that sonia posted was pancakes..yeah actually they look quite the ones that sonia posted.

    rose: hi, thanks for dropping by.

    zoe: when i did these, never thought of the mcd know i hv never tasted their muffins before.

    yvonne: nere too late to know, i was just like you long time ago.

    joyce: so perhaps one day you can make these at home :)

    chris: out for the delivery man!

    elin: i know love him..oops.. i mean his books! LOL!

    tze: thanks! i like the \/\/\/\ thing too now that i know it!

    Joyce: yay!! i know i, we've been communicating so much that i'm thinking what you're thinking too!! another book to your collection?? haha, very normal!!

    pete: they're nice!

    barb: you bought happy pan??

    daphne: thanks!!

    lenia: they are like bread but mostly eaten toasted or with egg benedict way, thanks dear!

  18. I want, I want these tasty English muffins!! Looks so delicious & love the VVVVVV!! hehehheh

  19. English muffin ni hampir sama bentuknya dengan Jing Long pao ya?

  20. Wow, these look unbelievable! I didn't think I really like Englsh muffins until I saw these - now I want one right now! :) YUMMY! Your pictures are so enticing!

  21. Oh, this recipe is perfect for me 

  22. Waa...looks better than McD's i like the crispy parts of the delicious!

  23. awesome. i can just melt some cheese with bacon and sliced tomatoes over these muffins washed down with a glass of fresh juice and coffee:D

  24. You really did a wonderful job with the muffins. They are not always easy to make and even harder to photograph. You outdid yourself. Have a greatday. Blessings...Mary

  25. These look fabulous! Nook and for me ;-)

  26. Hi Lena, I just can't believe you made these. Wow! One of the best I've seen...and love having this for b'fast with butter on it or 3 fruit marmalade.
    4 pieces just nice for me.

    Lena, you graduated from the Swiss Finishing school? You sure come out with classy cookies, cakes....
    If I were an F&B hotel restaurant manager, I would see you, "name your salary"!
    You what I call a 'Top gun' in baking cakes....Outstanding!
    Have fun, Lena....I'm still wondering how I missed you, *wink*, ha ha.

  27. Suddenly I recalled how I first encountered English Muffins. You know how? Mcdonalds breakfast sausage mcmuffin with eggs!

  28. I would love these for my morning breakfast. Can you supply some? :D

  29. Wah so many nice breakfast idea this month Lena!

  30. Lena, you are becoming quite the expert in breads! I'm so boring that I only baked the same old Asian bread all the time! Lol! But main reason is that my two youngers only like soft soft breads...*sigh* love live live the crusty surface of those muffins...almost want to lean forward and take a HUGE bite out from the screen! Lol!

  31. Oh wow....Lena, I think you are better than the British already :D I don't think people here make muffins. They just go to the shop to buy. Your muffins look so successful! Well Done!

  32. wow i can sense the goodness of muffin here! definitely better than the Big Breakfast Set out there :)

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  33. Hi Lena!
    I want you to know I bookmarked this recipe before I even read it!!! Those must be the most gorgeous English Muffins I have ever seen, ever! (can English Muffins be gorgeous I wonder, heck yes!) You are just amazing!!!

    I know I could never make them as "pretty" as you but oh my goodness, I sure would love to try!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

  34. Hey Lena, your english muffins have reminded me of McDonald's burger, hahaha!It has been a long time since I had burger from Mr M. Hmmm, this is a very interesting recipe, will include this in my cooking list. Thanks for sharing!

  35. Oic, those breakfast sets we bought from McD is english muffin, now then I know.. hehe

  36. one of my favorite books but I've yet to try this recipe of his! your english muffins look really good, and i can just imagine eating it with your hash browns from the previous post - yummY!!!

  37. Whoa... I keep buying english muffins, but now, I'm inspired to start making them myself. Thank you!!

  38. Lena, now you're making me so craving for one of these! haha.... Happy Sunday.

  39. Oh, this is good to serve for breakfast , healthy as less oil added.

  40. Kit: thanks, i also just learn about the /\/\/\ and i love the way they look too!

    cikmanggis: hello kak, apa tu jing long pao? macam pernah dengar tapi tak ingat apa pau tu...

    chris: thanks so much, those are very encouraging words, i'm sure you can make these too!

    loveforfood: hope you can make these some day too!

    jeannie: yeah, it's nicer to eat them toasted after splitting them.

    missyblurkit: wow, sounds like a good breakfast, would love to have them too!!

    mary: thanks a ot, mary, photography is always a difficult thing for me!

    angie: haha, i just knew the up and down of the muffins are called nooks and crannies too!

    lee: no graduate from swiss school, graduated from convent..haha! thank you again for your supporting words, sure you have missed me, i was still studying when you do your!!

    tigerfish: i think many of us here come to know abt english muffins thru mcd but actually, i've not tried the muffins from macdonalds. Are they good?

    ann: i'm very sure you can make these better than me!

    MKgirl: ye lah, keep thinking of breakfast ideas, hope you are not bored with them :)

    bee: not expert level yet but i also make a lot of breads like you, sometimes i just made the same bread over and over again, that's why never posted them up.

    marymoh: dont say like that la..i think sometimes english muffins are so easily available over there that it's just too convenient for people to get them from the shops.

    fishee: hmm, really..but these muffins were good especially when they get toasted. Thanks!

    louise: oh, you're making me smile reading your comments, i hope one day you will try baking these too and i'm sure they will turn out well for you as well!!

    jessie: yeah, reading the comments here i can see a lot of people got reminded of those mcdonald muffins, hope to see you making them soon!

    esther: haha! actually now reading the comments, i know they must have looked very similar to the macD muffins!

    janine: oh, you have the book? This is my first recipe with the book, i find that his notes are really useful especially his notes reagrding the bakers percentage formula.

    cathleen: oh, you should start making them then, not really difficult just need some time and patience for them to proof. Thanks for dropping by!

    kristy: hope you have a good sunday too and happy baking, you have come up with lots of interesting recipes lately espcially the making of bread with enzyme.

    sonia: actually at a glance, they do look like those pancakes you posted recently. yes, they are even better to eat when toasted.

  41. ur english muffins turn out well n looks fluffed up!! yeah the last time i did also had to use the fork to 'cut' it open. Much nicer tho... :)

  42. Lena, so glad I finally got a chance to catch up with your english muffins. They look awesome and so tempting I want to grab it from the screen. Interesting tip to pull it apart with a fork, I will try that next time! I will let you know when I make the kind with nooks and crannies :D