Homemade English Muffins

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Serves: Makes 6 to 8
Recipe originally from Paul Hollywood, the Great British Bakery Off

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (300grams) all purpose flour, plus extra for kneading & rolling out
  • 2 teaspoons (6grams) active dry yeast
  • 1 teapsoon (6grams) sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon (15grams) granulated natural cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15grams) softened butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 medium to large egg, lightly beaten
  • ¾ cup (170ml) milk, warmed slightly
  • Oil or cooking spray, for greasing the bowl
  • Semolina or polenta, for rolling & dusting pan

Instructions

  1. Add the flour, yeast, salt, sugar, butter, egg, and milk to a deep bowl. Using your fingertips, stir to combine, then knead it a few times until it comes together into a shaggy dough.
  2. Dust a counter with flour. Drop the dough onto the counter, and knead until it forms a smooth dough—this takes about 10 minutes.
  3. Coat a deep bowl with oil or cooking spray. Place the dough in the bowl, and cover tightly. Set in a warm spot until doubled in volume, about 60 to 75 minutes.
  4. Dust a counter with more flour and some semolina. Roll the dough out to ¾ to 1-inch thickness (2 to 3 cm). Use a 3-inch (8-cm) ring to cut out rounds of dough. You should get 6 to 8 pieces depending on how thick you roll it. It’s okay to re-roll the scraps once.
  5. Dust a sheet pan with semolina. Place the cut out muffins on the pan, and cover with plastic film. Let sit in a warm spot for 30 minutes, until they’ve puffed up.
  6. About 5 minutes before the proofing is done, heat a 10-inch (25-cm) cast iron skillet over the lowest heat setting until the pan is hot. Place 3 to 4 muffins in the pan. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes, until puffed up, and nicely browned on the bottom. Flip, and cook for 5 to 6 minutes more. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  7. Repeat with the remaining muffins, keeping a closer eye—the pan will be quite hot, and might only need 4 to 5 minutes per side with each successive batch.