The fact that I am not posting anything on food at the moment, which is due to feeling like I am in 15 places at once, should not for a minute induce you to think, that I have been away from the kitchen. Nor in fact that I am not eating, perish the thought…There are even photos of my endeavours, but they don’t make it online. Apart from these beautiful English breakfast muffins, they came out really well, I also made a malt loaf last week and a chocolate and prune cake a week before, very moist, very moreish, but what I wanted to share with you today, are photos of muffins. English muffins are a type of bread. Not sweet like American muffins, but bread like, but then more satisfying. They are bit like mollettes (from Andalucia in Spain, but only a bit, best if you just try them!). English muffins are eaten typically at breakfast, warm and toasted with jam and butter, or with an egg and bacon on top, I think avocado and egg would work too, maybe with some cheddar? Your imagination is the only thing holding you back here :):
It does take a while to make them though but they are very moreish and very satisfying, I used the recipe from the Great book of British baking – it calls for equal amounts fluid and flour, which should have made me suspicious, but as I wasn’t paying attention, didn’t. I ended up having to add another 1-2 cups of flour until the dough was perfect. If you bake you will know. So you make the dough, let it rise, knead it, let it rise, make little muffins, shape them into rounds, and pat both sides with semolina, let them rise between two baking sheets so they stay flat. And then bake on a griddle as below and then you toast them, add lashings of jam, and butter and inhale (can you tell I have been eating low carb, high protein, cardboard type protein shakes instead of bread for breakfast? You can, why am I not surprised. Anyhow, a word to the wise on protein shakes – don’t – unless you really don’t love to eat..) Oh and yes, I do know that muffins, malt loaf and chocolate cakes do not qualify as low carb – what that means is, as I love to bake and find it therapeutic, but I am also cutting down on stuff I really enjoy, like high carb treats, I am giving a lot of love to the neighbours right now… ..Until I make up a batch of mince pies that is, there I will need to eat one.
Anyhow back to muffins – here they are in the griddle:
As the recipe I followed needed fixing half-way through I am sending you here – the recipe looks right