They look awesome can you share the recipe?
Ray's notes: I made this recipe with King Arthur AP flour. Result was light, tender, cranny-filled English muffins. Tastes like Thomas EM but at fraction of the cost. Sooooo easy to make. I use semolina to coat the pans, but fine corn meal should work fine.
All water gives a light sour flavor. Milk where shown gives a creamier flavor.
This is an 85% hydration recipe (410 wet / 480 dry).
Total weight of ingredients: 926 grams, but there is some loss with dough sticking to bowls, hooks and utensils. My final dough weighed 916g when I was ready to part.
Divide by the number of muffins desired to get the weight of each muffin. NOTE: Anything larger than 65g per muffin gives a diameter in excess of 4 inches. 16 muffins should weigh about 57-58g each.
240g: water or whole milk.
For the poolish:
90g King Arthur AP flour
1g (¼ tsp) instant yeast
For the English muffin dough:
390g (3 ¼ cups) King Arthur AP flour
or 240g AP / 120g whole wheat
6g (1 tsp) salt
4g (1 tsp) instant yeast
25g (2 Tbs) granulated sugar.
240g (1 cup) water or whole milk, warmed to 100F.
50g (1 large egg) room temp, lightly beaten
Semolina for dusting (or fine corn meal)
Start the poolish the night before mixing the rest of the ingredients. Mix the poolish flour, water, and yeast together in a 2-3 cup bowl until glossy and the clumps disappear. Cover and allow to sit on the counter for 8-12 hours before continuing to the next step. Poolish should be bubbly before proceeding. If poolish collapses (12+ hours), the recipe will still work but will result in a tighter crumb.
When ready to start baking, mix the dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the warm milk, sugar, and poolish. Incorporate the poolish with a spoon, spatula, or whisk. It melts into the milk. Mixture will be frothy.
Add the beaten egg to the mixing bowl and incorporate with a whisk.
Slowly add the flour/salt and mix with a spoon until a shaggy dough forms. Scrap the sides as necessary.
Using the spiral dough hook attachment of the mixer, knead the dough on level 4 until it comes together as a shiny, smooth ball, cleans the sides of the bowl, and releases from the bottom of the bowl — about 4 minutes, twice as long with a C-hook. If the ball is still clinging to the sides of the bowl with the C-hook, increase the speed to medium high until the gluten develops, the dough ball forms and cleans the sides of the bowl, about another 2-3 minutes.
Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl and spray the top of the ball. Cover loosely with cling wrap that has also been lightly oiled on the dough side (trust me). Let rise until doubled in size, about 90 mins to two hours. Alternatively, you can allow the dough to rest in the refrigerator overnight (and up to 3 days). Longer resting times means a more developed flavor.
Liberally dust a baking sheet with semolina or corn meal. Place a small plate on a scale and add a dusting of semolina or corn meal.
Turn the dough out onto an AP flour coated work surface. Lightly dust the dough with AP flour. Flatten gently to degas.
Use the dough scraper to cut a piece. Weigh. Add or remove dough to get within 1-3 grams of the desired weight. Then tuck and roll until smooth and flatten a little on the working surface. Place on the dusted baking sheet smooth side up.
Once all the dough is parted, cover with another upside down baking sheet for a second rise until doubled in size, about 1-2 hours.
Warm a large, heavy-bottomed skillet with a cover over medium heat. Add 3 or 4 muffins. They will expand. Keep them from touching.
Cover the pan and begin cooking your muffins. Each muffin will require about 3-4 minutes on first side, a minute less on second side, depending on your pan. Check it doesn't get too dark. Turn down the heat if it does.
Once both sides are cooked, insert an instant read thermometer into the balls and check for 195°F minimum.
Muffins are soft and tender on the inside, firm on the outside due to the AP flour and semolina.
Allow to cool completely. The muffins will firm up as they cool. Toast and serve.
Store extras in an airtight container. Will last 3-5 days on the counter, or more than a week in the refrigerator.