Project BreadHead: 09 English Muffins

Back after a slight break. I made too much bread in one go and made myself ill eating it all! Felt very doughy for a few days!

This week it’s number 9 of Project BreadHead. English Muffins! I love muffins and if you read to the end, I’ll show you why!

Ingredients:

White bread flour, salt, lukewarm milk, caster sugar, yeast and olive oil.

Make your milk if necessary.

Take 150ml of the milk and mix with the sugar and yeast. Leave for 15 mins.

In the meantime, sift the flour and salt into a bowl and make a well in the centre.

When the yeast is ready it will look nice and foamy! Mix in the rest of the milk and the oil and stir.

Pour into the flour.

Mix well for about 5 minutes. I got my hands in there!! It will be soft but hold it’s form. Cover with cling film and leave to rise for an hour.

It should be at least double in size when done.

Knock it back and roll it out onto a floured surface. Roll it to about 1cm thick. Cut it into circles. The book said proper circles but all I have is crimped cutters. Doesn’t matter much, when it rises again and then cooks, the crimps disappear! I’m such an amateur! Leave these to rise on a baking tray, covered with a towel, for 30 minutes. Don’t worry if they don’t rise much at this point. They will!

Lightly oil a frying pan and cook in batches. I started with 4 but got bored and then did 6 at a time. Book said fry them for 7 mins each side but mine were quite small so I did them for 5 mins each side. Also because I was bored! šŸ˜‰

Tada!

Now, to serve these, don’t cut through them. Score round the middle first…

…then tear them open!

They are better with a rough centre.

Now for the best part. Eggs Benedict! Take the muffins, toast them very lightly, cover them in ham. here I’m using German Brunswick Ham from Waitrose.

Poach some eggs. To do this, boil some water in a pan and add some drops of vinegar, drop in two eggs, reduce the gas, leave for 2 mins, drain and sit on top of the ham.

Cover with Hollandaise sauce and black pepper. Breakfast this morning was absolutely delicious. Even better when you’ve made it yourself!

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