Monday, January 8, 2018

The Heavenly Scent of a Fresh English Muffin

I have never in my entire life found a more fulfilling and easy recipe. This here is a great "starter" recipe for someone new to the magic of sourdough. I am pleased to introduce to you "The Homemade English Muffin."

This recipe has been slightly adapted from the Original at "Wild Yeast".

It does require a scale. The conversions to cups were really obscure. If the cup conversions are still wanted, I will be happy to provide them.
Here is a link to the scale I have in my kitchen. It's cheap and works very well. Ozeri Digital Kitchen and Food Scale

Alright, for this recipe you will need the following ingredients:

Levain (commonly referred to as Sponge) Ingredients:
  • 110 g  100% hydration sourdough starter
  • 160 g flour 
  • 100 g whole wheat flour
  • 276 g milk 
Final Dough Ingredients:
  • 75 g flour
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp Honey
  • all of the Levain 
  1. In a medium bowl, mix the sponge ingredients until just combined. Cover and let rest for 8 hours or overnight. 
  2. Add the final dough ingredients and mix to roughly combine. Turn the dough out onto the counter and hand mix for about 7 to 8 minutes, or until the surface becomes quite smooth. The dough will be very soft, and sticky at first. I usually add a little bit more flour half way through mixing. It will become less sticky as you mix, so try not to add to0 much extra flour.
  3. Flour the counter and your hands well, and roll or pat the dough out to a thickness of about one-half inch. Cut the dough into 3 to 4-inch circles and place them on semolina or corn meal-dusted parchment paper.
  4. Cover and let proof for 45 – 60 minutes.

  5. Lightly oil a griddle and heat it over medium-low heat. Cook the muffins for a total of about 8 or 9 minutes on each side, until browned and the sides are firm. Flipping them every couple of minutes for the first few minutes, helps to provide a better shape.
  6. Cool on a wire rack. 

And there you have it. One of my all time favorite Sourdough recipes. Hope you enjoy and please check out "Wild Yeast"