English Muffins

 

Makes 14-16

Ingredients
475 strong white bread flour, plus extra for flouring
25g polenta or fine cornmeal plus extra for dusting
7g fast-action yeast
5g salt
50g softened butter, cut into small pieces
375ml whole milk, warmed slightly (should make a soft dough – you can add up to about 30ml extra if needed)
20g runny honey
oil, for greasing

Method

  • Tip the flour and polenta into a large mixing bowl.
  • Sprinkle the yeast on one side of the flour and the salt into the other side of the flour.
  • Add the honey, butter and milk, then mix all the ingredients together to form a soft dough. You can use a mixer at this stage to mix it to a smooth and elastic ‘ball’.
  • Lightly grease a large bowl with oil. Place the dough in the oiled bowl, cover and leave to prove for about one hour, or until doubled in size.
  • Dust the work surface with flour. Tip the dough out onto the work surface, knead lightly and roll out to about 2 cm thick. Lightly flour the top.
  • Lightly dust two baking trays with some polenta.
  • Using a 8cm straight-sided cutter, cut out about 14muffins. Place the muffins, evenly spaced apart on each of the dusted baking trays.
  • Leave to prove for another 20-30 minutes.
  • Preheat a heavy-based frying pan on the hob to a very low heat.
  • Griddle the muffins for approximately 6-8 minutes, then flip over and griddle for another 6-8 minutes on the other side.