Thursday, February 25, 2010

English Muffins: Baking Through the Bread Baker's Apprentice

I am munching on one of these right now, slathered with the strawberry jam I made this summer (the jam is on the muffin, not me). I have made these before, but after some practice I think I have them perfect now. The trick is to make a wettest dough you can without it being sticky. This will give the muffin a nice tender and holey structure.

1. I always double the recipe so I can make a dozen. No point going to all that work for 6 muffins that the kids would down in one sitting.
2. As mentioned above, aim for a wet dough without it being sticky. You need to shape it without it sticking to your hands. I used the full amount of liquid listed and kneaded it in a stand mixer.
3. I like to press the boules into puck shapes so they are flatter and cook more evenly.
4. I use a cast-iron flat skillet to cook these. Monitor the temperature carefully to make sure the muffins do not burn. Adjust as needed.
5. When the muffins rise, they round slightly on the top side. Cook the top side first, and gently press down on the muffin with your fingers once in the skillet to flatten it out a bit.

1. I subbed plain soy milk for the milk.


fitncrafty said...

Is there a recipe somewhere? Would love to try these!

dreaminitvegan said...

These look perfect! I love english muffins!

Bianca said...

I made english muffins once, using the recipe in Vegan Brunch. And they were, by far, the best homemade bread I've ever made. I didn't even get any holes in mine, but it didn't even matter. The texture was amazing!

Trinity (of haiku tofu) said...

Those look awesome, Vegan Dad!

Golden the Pony Girl said...

I am a silent follower, though I have used several recipes with great success. I have nominated you for a blog award hoping to send some of my blog friends your way! It is on my blog if you would like to pass it along.

Thanks for making my vegan transition so tasty!

Whitney Lauritsen said...

Yum! I love english muffins but they're kinda hard to find good vegan versions! ~ Eco-Vegan Gal

bj said...

Where the heck is the recipe??? Great description...general notes...and WHAM!!!! You're done????

Vegan Dad said...

You might be able to get the recipe from Google Books. I am not going to post a recipe from someone else's book. This book is totally worth buying and I am providing vegan notes for those who own it or are interested in it.

josie said...

Have you ever made the english muffins from Vegan Brunch? I made them yesterday and they were tasty, but no nooks and crannies--just like normal flaky biscuits. Any suggestions?