Do You Know the Muffin Man?

This week on Great British Bake Off it was all about BREAD! This is one of my favorite weeks because of the different flavorings added to different bread varieties. This year the signature bake was all about breadsticks. The showstopper was about decorative loaves which led to a bizarre octopus loaf and a peacock loaf.

I am going to focus this week on the technical bake. The bakers were asked to make English Muffins. They were given Paul Hollywood’s recipe and some of the instructions were left out for them to fend for themselves. The show also talked about the inspiration of the classic nursery rhyme, muffin men. This week, I decided to give them a spin. I created my own recipe with a slight twist.
cheese english muffins - My Homespun Haven
Cheese English Muffins

1 cup milk
1/2 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp yeast
1 tbsp butter, soft
2 1/4 cup flour (10oz when weighed)
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup shredded cheese (I used garlic herb cheddar.)

1. Add milk to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn heat off and let cool until warm to the touch.
2. Add sugar and yeast to warm milk. When milk/yeast mixture is frothy after 5-8 minutes add butter.
3. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Add liquid mixture to flour.
4. Knead dough for 8-10 minutes until smooth and elastic. Try not to add extra flour. Place dough in an oiled bowl and let rise for 1 hour.
5. Flatten dough, add cheese on top and press into dough. Knead dough for a minute or so until the cheese is well incorporated.
6. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll each portion into a perfect ball and lay onto parchment paper leaving space for doubling. Cover with a cloth and let rise for another hour.
7. Heat oven to 350 and heat a heavy skillet (cast iron is best) over medium low heat.
8. Being careful not to knock any air out of the muffins when transferring them. Working with two muffins at a time, move two to the skillet and cook on each side for 5 minutes. Move them to the oven for 20 minutes.
9. Let cool and enjoy!

Delicious! I really like the little crispy cheese bits on the edges. Crispy cheese has to be one of my top 5 food phenomenon.


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