Homemade English muffins-made on a flat top!! step by step, w/qview

Discussion in 'Breads' started by smokinal, Feb 18, 2016.

  1. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    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.

    Al
     
  2. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Aww, sweet!  I'll be trying this.
     
  3. muralboy

    muralboy Smoking Fanatic

    Nicely done.  Even better looking than Thomas'
     
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks Al....    I gonna do it.....     They look awesome....[​IMG]
     
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks BW!

    Al
    Thank-you so much, they taste better than Thomas' too!

    Al
    Thanks Dave!

    Thanks for the point too, Buddy!!

    Al
     
  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks good Al. The very first thing cooked on my discada was English muffins. Cooked in the middle of the woods during a camp trip!

    POINTS!
     
  7. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks Case!

    That's got to be one good tasting English muffin cooked out in the woods camping.

    Everything tastes better when your out in the woods!

    I can remember trout cooked in a cast iron skillet over an open fire. I was 12. To this day I can still taste it.

    Thanks for the point!

    Al
     
  8. halfsmoked

    halfsmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the memories for sure nothing like home made even though I'm a Thomas . For the memories part when I was a kid  (not yesterday) I had a aunt and uncle who lived out side Portland Maine and we were visiting them one year for Christmas. The aunt made home make English Muffins on top of the flat top of a wood cook stove awesome. Like you said about the trout can still kinda taste it today. Have never had any muffins taste that good since.  [​IMG]
     
  9. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Those memories are what life is all about! Glad I could bring you back to that place.

    Thank-you for the point!

    Al
     
  10. 3montes

    3montes Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Wow! Those look fantastic! That flat top is really getting a workout! I have the Camp Chef in my cart on Amazon just waiting for me to checkout. I have done this before and discovered that once in awhile the price drops if you leave it setting in your checkout cart a couple days.

    Those muffins do look like heaven [​IMG]  

    BTW Al I ran across this video which sold me on the Camp Chef.

     
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2016
  11. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks for the compliment!

    I saw the same video and that's why I bought the Camp Chef.

    Al
     
  12. hardcookin

    hardcookin Master of the Pit

    Al fantastic job!
    There is so much you can do with them flat tops. They just open up a whole another world...
    I really like the way they cook bacon, cheesesteaks.

    :Looks-Great:
     
  13. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thank you so much!

    Yea, were having a lot of fun with it!!

    Al
     
  14. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Wow, looks great - Your killing me with that bacon, egg and muffin shot!
     
  15. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks Red!!

    Al
     
  16. Keep going Al,you've just about convinced me that I need a flat top
     
  17. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I know where your at. I kept looking at them & it was Judy that said lets get one.

    I got one so fast thinking she may change her mind, but she just loves this thing.

    Al
     
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  18. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good for you Al...   you are an inspiration....   points....
     
  19. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks Dave!

    I appreciate the point Buddy!!

    Al
     
  20. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Al I eat English Muffins every day of my life that's how much I like them. Yours look great !! Guess I need to start making my own...Thanks !!!
     

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