Monday, January 3, 2011

English Muffins

My goal for this school year has been to accustom Abby to eating a real breakfast.  If it were up to Abby, she would have a single slice of toast and a glass of water in the morning.  Over the summer, I let that go - after all, we were home, I could feed her as needed.  But now that she's one year away from kindergarten, and in preschool now, I want her to get used to anchoring her stomach and her brain with a real breakfast.  This has forced both of us to change our habits - her to try some new things, and me to actually make something besides toast or cold cereal!

I've been really happy with how the first few months of this school year have gone.  One easy change has been to introduce Abby to homemade English muffins.  They are a little heartier than toast, and they make an excellent base for breakfast sandwiches.

English Muffins

1 1/2 cups skim milk
2 Tbsp butter, melted
1 egg
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp salt
2 3/4 tsp bread machine yeast (a.k.a., rapid rise yeast)

cornmeal (for dusting the work surface)

Pull out those bread machines!  Mine now sits out in my kitchen full-time.  I love that thing.

Place all ingredients (except for the cornmeal) in the bread pan and program for the dough cycle.

When the cycle is finished, turn the dough ball out onto a work surface dusted lightly with cornmeal.  Roll the dough out to about 1/2 inch thick.  Using a 3- or 4-inch biscuit cutter, cut out muffins.  Roll the trimmings and repeat.  (If you try to re-roll a second time, the muffins get pretty tough - but if you don't to waste any dough, go for it!).  

I use a lightly greased electric griddle heated to 350F to cook them.  If you don't have a griddle, use whatever you use when you make pancakes.  Place several muffins on the griddle and cook for about 8 minutes.  Turn them and cook about 8 minutes more - until they are quite brown on both sides.  They will swell and be very puffy while baking!  Let them cool on a rack.

To eat them, puncture the perimeter with the tines of a fork and pull them apart. 


MaryAnne said...

Wait, Abby is Emma's age? For some reason I thought she was at least one year older! We're trying to get a good morning routine down in preparation for kindergarten this fall, too, and I think I'll give your English Muffins recipe a try!

Kara said...

Yep, same age! Luckily, kindergarten will only be 1/2 day for her next year, so that gives me a whole other year to work on getting her to eat lunch (or rather, non-PB&J lunch!).

These muffins were a big hit with the crowd we had here on Christmas morning - hope you enjoy them, too!

Michelle BB said...

I love my bread machine too! But I have never tried to make english muffins in it...the thought just never crossed my mind for some reason. I will definitely add this to my list of recipes to try.