I think every foodie, blogger or not, has a culinary bucket list. Those dishes they hope to master or those that seem too difficult to possibly be made at home.
For me, a lot of those items happen to involve yeast.
So what better push did I have than when Red Star Yeast signed up as a #BrunchWeek sponsor?! I narrowed my #BrunchWeek menu item down to bagels or English muffins.
English muffins won out, simply because I’d just finished my last store bought muffin and I have 3 bags of store bought bagels in the freezer (not because I keep forgetting they’re in there or anything…).
Luckily, I have a friend who is a whiz at working with yeast. Karen of Karen’s Kitchen Stories. She had a few options of English muffins on her blog and I sent her a message with a couple of questions and reassurance.
You guys. I don’t know why I was so afraid of making English muffins! They were simple! It is important to note that the process is made easier if you own a griddle and a kitchen scale. And let me tell you, they were fantastically delicious. The dozen or so muffins didn’t last more than 3 days in my house. They’re particularly tasty with some peach jam from the farmer’s market.
- 1 3/4 C warm milk (105-110 degrees F)
- 3 tbsp softened butter
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp Dixie Crystals granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 539 g bread flour
- 2 tsp Red Star Platinum yeast
- cornmeal, for sprinkling the griddle
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine all the ingredients, except the cornmeal. Beat the dough at medium-high speed for five minutes, until the dough releases from the bowl and is smooth and shiny.
- Scrape the sides of the bowl and cover. Place in a warm corner of the kitchen (I use my microwave) for 1-2 hours, until the dough rises and is very puffy.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Sprinkle griddle with cornmeal.
- Turn dough out onto a large cutting board or smooth counter top. Have a bowl of water nearby.
- Divide dough into 16 balls, using a wet bench scraper and wet hands. Flatten the balls a little bit until they resemble English muffins. Place on the prepared griddle one inch apart. Sprinkle the tops with more cornmeal. Cover with parchment paper and let the dough rise for 20 minutes.
- Turn on the griddle to 325 degrees F. Cook 7-15 minutes on each side. Place a baking sheet on top of the muffins if they puff too much.
- Place the muffins on a baking sheet and bake 10 minutes, until an internal temperature of 200 degrees F is reached. Cool muffins on a cooling rack.
*This recipe is adapted from Karen at http://www.karenskitchenstories.com/2013/05/english-muffins-avid-bakers-challenge.html*
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Apple Danish Braid from The Redhead Baker
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Breakfast Empanadas from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Buckwheat and Pepper Jack Waffles from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Cinnamon Apple Dutch Baby from Palatable Pastime
Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Bake from The Chef Next Door
English Muffins from Sew You Think You Can Cook
Iced Berry Breakfast Braid from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Raspberry Sweet Rolls from Cookaholic Wife
The Best Yeasted Wafffles from The Barbee Housewife
BrunchWeek Main Dishes:
Asparagus Pizza from Feeding Big
Asparagus, Egg & Prosciutto Brunch Pizza from Love and Confections
Seriously Sharp Grilled Cheese with Gazpacho Shooters from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
BrunchWeek Fruits, Vegetables and Sides:
Green Bean and Potato Salad from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Individual Swiss and Asparagus Tarts from Family Around the Table
Mesclun Salad with Grilled Asparagus & Raspberries from Hardly A Goddess
Sweet Potato Hash from Brunch-n-Bites
Mini Rustic Apple Pies from Forking Up
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