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Homemade English Muffins

January 14, 2012

I’m in a bread/dough making phase. Usually I just use the “Bread in 5 minutes a day” dough but I wanted to try out my new Ninja Kitchen System and make something a bit different.

Homemade English Muffins

(Makes 16- 24 depending on size your cutter is)

4 ½ cups flour

1 packet yeast

1 ½ tsp sugar

1 ½ cups water (@110 degrees F)

1 egg

¼ cup honey

½ tsp salt

Directions:

Note: I tried using the Ninja but it overheated since these directions recommend adding dry to the wet. So I will go through how to set it up in a stand mixer and a Ninja.

Stand mixer:

  1. using paddle attachment, stir in yeast and sugar with 1 cup water ( warm) and dissolve for 2 minutes.
  2. Add egg, salt, 1 cup flour, honey, and last ½ cup water beat until incorporated.
  3. Add remaining 3.5 cups flour, 1 cup at a time, and mix until flour disappears on low speed.
  4. Last cup will be a strain so switch to dough hook and knead for 10 minutes on medium/low speed until it comes together.

Ninja:

  1. In a separate bowl mix yeast, sugar and 1 cup warm water, let stand 2 minutes
  2. Add egg, salt, honey and last ½ cup water, until well mixed.
  3. Place the 4.5 cups of flour into Ninja container with dough attachment.
  4. Make a well in the center and pour in liquid ingredients.
  5. Use dough setting until all mixed, pulsing as needed.
  6. Knead for 10 minutes on dough setting.

–          Brush a large bowl with olive oil and transfer the dough to the bowl, turning dough to coat all the sides.

–          Cover and allow to double in size, about 1 hour

–          Flour your counter top and dump the dough on it.

–          Roll it into half an inch thickness. Use metal cutters or rims of glasses to cut circles out of the dough. I just used my tea cup to cut the circles.

 

–           Set your muffins on a buttered baking sheet ( I just used parchment paper) a inch or so apart

–          Bake at 400 degrees for 7 minutes, flip the muffins and bake another 7 minutes.

–          Cook on wire rack

–          Once cool they are ready and you can store them in the fridge in an airtight container or freeze them.

These were pretty easy to make and they have a nice sweet flavor to them. My son enjoyed making his own muffin and he even ate some. Hubby liked them cause of their slightly sweet flavor.

Enjoy!

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