Sunday, February 24, 2013

English as a Second Muffin

Well, well, well. First food post in five years. Did I spend that time honing my recipes, skills and tools to a fine, rapier edge? Did I get lazy and warm up frozen dinners? Neither, of course.

One recent challenge was making an english muffin, or rather one that pointed towards the more hearty ezekiel variety. But, as always, with a method that does not require more than an hour of forethought.

It has finally revealed itself. The secret balance was an unexpected addition to a package of fresh sage. And here I am decrying packaged food. Another lesson learned -- self, remember to read packaging, even if there's only one ingredient, and look for any prep hints. Way too much sage, white flour and butter, it took just a few tries to adapt the gift recipe to my own goal.

Dammit, forgot to check the date on the camera. Just a sec, OK, now that's fixed. Anyway, here they are, hearty, moist, bready, good for a solid brunch or lunch. Ready to eat in about 30 mins.

Ingredients for three muffins:

  • 1 Tbsp herb, I used dry basil
  • 1 C flour - 1/3 whole wheat
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp bk soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp butter in dough
  • 1 Tbsp melted butter to brush
  • 3/8 C butter milk - I used 1/3 C yogurt, more or less, to make soft dough
Set oven at 425.
Melt 1 Tbsp butter.
Mix dry well.
Chop 2 Tbsp of cold butter into small chunks and mix roughly into dry so butter is flattened into separate, flour-coated bits.
Mix in butter milk or yogurt, enough to make a soft dough.
Stop mixing. Let it set 5 mins to dry up a bit. Flatten and cut into three.

You'll need baking rings and sheets you can cover - I used 3 small 5 oz cat food cans with the bottom cut out and 3 bread pans. They work really well.

Brush a bit of the melted butter onto pans and rings. Drop into 3 rings, flatten, brush with melted butter, nest the pans to cover and bake for 10 mins, then flip muffins and bake, uncovered, for another 10 mins.

After cooling a while, I made a quick veg ruben. 

For a nice small roll, skip rings, drop onto buttered sheet and brush top with melted butter.

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