I’ve been on a home made bender lately. And I like an English Muffin with breakfast. I don’t want to say I’m a snob, but after trying several varieties, I’ve decided I like Thomas’ better than the others in the grocery store. Or more correctly, in giant packages from Costco.
But I became appalled at the recent price increases. They’re up to almost a dollar a muffin. (The eggs are worse, but I’m not harboring chickens any time soon.) So I set about looking for English Muffin recipes. Tried a couple with little success. Then got a hold of the one linked below. And these came out like actual English Muffins. But better. Soft, warm, fresh. And the right texture. That was the problem I had with other recipes - the texture was just wrong.
Any way, I commend these to you. If you watch the video, you will see how loose and sticky the dough is. And it’s tough to manage. I don’t care about perfect circles, so I spread the dough out as in the video, but then used a pizza cutter to cut it into 9 pieces. I did prod them into something closer to a circle than a rectangle. And they definitely stuck and stretched and did all sorts of gooey things. But I was patient and got somewhat rounded squares.
I will say that cutting into 9 gave me pretty big muffins. That’s fine, of course. If you want something closer to the size of store bought, I’d cut into 12 pieces.
My other comment is on cooking time. It took me an hour to cook them off. My largest skillet is only 12 inches, so I couldn’t get more than three in at a time. With 10 -12 minutes per batch (5-6 minutes per side), and a bit of time to wipe out the old cornmeal (trying to use it for a second time will burn it) and wrangle the dough into the pan, I was surprised at how quickly an hour went by.
One other cooking comment - the first batches will take longer than later ones as your pan heats up more thoroughly. Definitely need the 6 minutes for the first ones, and the last ones are likely closer to 5 minutes per side.
But the result is worth it.
PS - Let it rise in the fridge overnight. Your patience will be rewarded.