makes me crafty, creative, cooky, all of the above = restless. What to do, what to do? Watch the icicles?
http://www.2stews.com/ about English Muffins. And I'm thinking "Get out of town, I can make my own English Muffins, no way." So now I'm on a mission with time to spare and I decide to look in my Joy of Cooking from way back in the day for a recipe, not that there's anything wrong with this one but I just decided to do that and lo and behold there it was "English or Raised Muffins"---who knew? And it actually says "not at all like "store-bought" ones." Well that works for me so off I go, with some variations.
English Muffins adapted from The Joy of Cooking (way back in the day version) and http://www.2stews.com/.
Combine in a mixing bowl
1 cup of water
1/2 cup scalded milk
2 tspn sugar
1 tspn salt
Dissolve for 3 to 5 minutes
1 package of active dry yeast in 2 tbspn of warm (105f-115f) water
Combine with water and milk mixture
Gradually beat in 2 1/3 cups of bread flour
(I have a KitchenAid mixer that Frank gave me for my birthday years ago so I use that with dough hook)
Cover with a cloth and let the dough rise in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours or until it collapses back into the bowl. (It never rose, it was too liquidy, but that's OK)
Beat in 3 tbspns softened butter
Beat in 2 cups of all-purpose flour until a stiff dough forms.
Lightly flour a board and sprinkle with cornmeal. Place the dough on it and pat or press to a thickness of 1/2 inch (it feels like pizza dough, stretchy). Cut dough into rounds (I used a 3 inch ramekin) and let stand in a lightly greased cookie sheet
Butter and heat a griddle pan. When fairly hot, slide muffins onto griddle using a pancake turner and cook until light brown, turning once on other side