Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Container: griddle or baking sheets
1/4 cup warm water
1 package dry yeast (or 1 tablespoon)
2 cups whole wheat flour, plus more as needed
1 cup white flour, or use all whole wheat --muffins will be more dense
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk (I like to warm the milk a bit in the microwave for 30 seconds)
3 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon honey or sugar
cornmeal as needed
Sprinkle yeast over warm (about 105° F. is ideal) water and let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.
In a large bowl, mix flour(s) and salt.
In a separate bowl, mix milk, oil and honey. Add egg and stir until well blended. Stir in the yeast mixture.
Add liquid to about half of the dry ingredients and mix well, with a stand mixer or by hand. Mix in remaining dry ingredients. Dough will be soft and somewhat sticky.
Turn dough out onto floured work surface and knead for several minutes. If too sticky to knead, add flour, a tablespoon at a time.
Put dough in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel, and let rise in a warm place (see TIP) until doubled in size. Rising time will depend on temperature; allow about 1 hour.
Turn risen dough out onto a work surface that has been liberally dusted with cornmeal and pat or roll to about 1/2" thick. Cut into approximately 3 inch rounds with a cookie cutter, tin can, or jar lid. If you wish, combine the scraps of dough into more muffins, handling as little as possible.
Cover the muffins with a towel and let rise for 20-30 minutes.
Heat a griddle or large skillet over medium-low heat. Sprinkle with corn meal. Using a spatula, carefully transfer muffins to hot griddle. Cook about 5 minutes on each side, turn and cook for 2-3 minutes per side. Outsides should be golden brown and crusty, insides should be soft, but not gooey. You might need to sacrifice a muffin or two as doneness tests.
Remove to cooling rack as they finish cooking. Cook the rest in batches.
English muffins are traditionally split open with a fork, rather than cut, and then toasted, but they will be good however you do it.
TIP: To create a warm place for rising dough, microwave a glass of water for 2 minutes then put the bowl of dough into the microwave with the hot water. Heat from the water will provide an appropriate temperature--and the dough does not need to be covered, since it will not dry on the surface in this humid environment.
I am attempting to make the dough in my bread maker on the dough setting. I put all my wet ingredients in then the dry. Hopefully this works because I hate making bread by hand.
Dough is all done in the bread maker
Patted it out
All cut out and ready to rise
After 30 minutes they are nice and puffy
On my lovely new griddle!
Now doesn't this look yummy???
Of course I had to try one and they are GREAT!!! I have a feeling these will be a favorite and a whole lot better than any store bought muffin!