Sourdough English Muffins

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Serves: 6 to 8

Ingredients

  • 240 grams all purpose flour, plus extra for kneading & rolling out
  • 80 grams sourdough starter
  • 1 teaspoon (6 grams) sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon (15 grams) granulated natural cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 grams) softened butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 medium to large egg, lightly beaten
  • 135 grams warm water
  • Oil or cooking spray, for greasing the bowl
  • Semolina, for rolling & dusting pan

Instructions

  1. Add the flour, starter, salt, sugar, butter, egg, and water 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, 3 to 4 hours.
  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 until they’ve puffed up, 45 to 60 minutes.
  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.