We got a propane flat top a few days ago and have been cooking up a storm. Looking for things to cook on it, Judy(my wife) came across a recipe for English Muffins. The cool thing is they are not baked in the oven, they are cooked on a griddle pan.
Here's the ingredients:
14 oz lukewarm milk
1 1/2 oz softened butter
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 tsp salt, to taste
7/8 oz sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
19 oz Unbleached bread flour
2 tsp instant yeast
corn meal for sprinkling on the griddle
Combine all the ingredients, except the corn meal in a stand mixer.
Beat the dough using the flat paddle until it starts coming away from the sides (about 5 minutes)
The dough will be shiny & stretchy.
Put into a greased bowl & cover. Let it rise until nice & puffy (1 to 2 hours)
Use a non stick griddle, and sprinkle with corn starch. If it's on a cook top use 2 griddles so you can cook all at once.
Gently deflate the dough & divide into 16 pieces, flatten the balls until they are about 3 to 3 1/2 inches in dia.
Put the muffins right on the cold griddle, sprinkle with some corn meal & cover with parchment paper for 20 minutes.
Turn the griddle on low & cook for 7 - 15 minutes per side until their crust is golden brown & the inside is cooked through.
The center should be 200 IT.
If the muffins get browned before the center gets cooked, it's OK to put them in a 350 oven for a few minutes to finish cooking.
Let them cool completely & split them with a fork to get the nooks & crannys. Don't slice them with a knife.
I didn't take pictures of the mixing of the dough, but here it is rising in the oven. It was cold here today, so Judy put it in the oven with the oven light on to raise. It has doubled in size
Next sprinkle some corn meal on the flat top
Then we weighed out the dough. Took the total weight & divided by 16. Each muffin should weigh 65 grams. Then Judy put the ball on a greased piece of foil & smashed it down to a 3-3 1/2" dia.
Then on to the flat top.
Cover them with parchment paper for about 20 minutes. They don't rise much, but they puff up a little.
Turn the flat top on low.
Turning over when they get brown. We turned these several times to keep them from burning until the IT got to 200. I had a grill therm on the griddle & at the end it was reading around 250.
IT is 200 & onto a cooling rack
Let them cool & had to toast one! With some butter!
Then I thought how about some homemade strawberry jam!
That was last night. This morning I'm thinking bacon, eggs & a muffin.
Cooked some homemade bacon, then fried 3 eggs over easy in the bacon grease, and toasted a muffin.
I thought how about a bacon sandwich with the muffin!
Then I started to eat & thought how about putting one of the eggs on the sandwich.
It's a little messy because I have been eating off the plate, but it was delicious.
Thank you all for looking!
These English muffins were much better than the grocery store ones, and I helped Judy do these & they were pretty easy to make.
Even for a guy like me who doesn't do much baking other than following orders.