-4 Cups bob's red mill artisian flour-3 1/4 tsp kosher salt-2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast-1 tsp sugar-1 3/4 c lukewarm water-1 tsp neutral oil-bob's red mill semolina flour, for dusting
"Tried this recipe and so happy with how they came out! Such a fun project with my kids, they loved making their own English muffins!"
The dough for these English Muffins comes together really well using a stand mixer. The machine affixed with a dough hook does all the kneading for you.
Since this dough has a high hydration level (high ratio of water to flour) it is soft and a bit sticky, making the mixer even more important as a tool to mix and knead without creating a giant mess.
The dough needs to rest in the fridge overnight. This fermentation period is essential to hydrating the flour, developing the gluten and producing the gases that help form the nooks and crannies.
The carbon dioxide helps the dough to rise while the alcohol produces a tang that gives English Muffins their flavor. None of this would be possible without an overnight stay in the refrigerator.
Once the dough has had its overnight stay in the fridge, cut it into 12 equal portions.
Using a kitchen scale here will help you achieve evenly sized english muffins. I like to weigh the entire amount of dough then divide by 12 to obtain the weight of each piece.
While working with the dough, be careful not to deflate it. Those bubbles are important to the nooks and crannies! Press each piece lightly to form an even thickness. Starting at the top, lift up and bring the center. Repeat this all the way around.
Place on a baking sheet that's been sprinkled with semolina flour, then place a prepared ring around each one and allow to rise.
Once the dough has risen, carefully transfer each muffin to a preheated griddle, ring included. Bake for 8 minutes, remove the ring and flip over to bake on the other side.
To gauge doneness visually, check the sides of each English Muffin. If the dough looks shiny and a bit wet, it’s not done yet. If the dough is matte and feels set when you touch it lightly, it's done.