Whole Wheat English Muffin

Based on tips from The Food Network and All Recipes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp white sugar
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C, 2 min on medium setting of microwave)
  • 1/4 cup melted shortening (1.5 min on medium setting of microwave)
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 tsp salt

Directions

  1. Warm the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat.
  2. Mix in the sugar, stirring until dissolved. Let cool until lukewarm.
  3. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
  4. Sift together the two flours and whisk it to make uniform
  5. In a large bowl, combine the milk, yeast mixture, and 3 cups flour mixture. Beat at medium speed until smooth.
  6. Beat in the shortening (this step is only necessary if the shortening is still too hot, otherwise combine it with the previous step)
  7. Add salt and rest of flour, or enough to make a soft dough. Knead about ten times. Place in greased bowl, cover, and let rise until double the size, about 1 hour.
  8. Punch down. Roll out to about 1/2 inch thick.
  9. Cut 3-in rounds with biscuit cutter, drinking glass, or empty tuna can. Sprinkle waxed paper with cornmeal and set the rounds on this.
  10. Dust tops of muffins with cornmeal also.
  11. Cover and let rise 1/2 hour.
  12. Heat greased griddle on medium (setting 3) for 15 min (so it gets heated completely).
  13. Cook muffins on griddle about 10 minutes on each side .
  14. Keep baked muffins in a warm oven until all have been cooked.
  15. Allow to cool and place in plastic bags for storage.
  16. To use, split and toast. Great with orange butter, or cream cheese and jam.

Aluminum Collars

Optionally, to maintain the circle sizes, use a ring made with the following technique

  • Wrap aluminum foil around a tuna can to get the shape.
  • Make them about 1″ high, with about 4 layers of folded foil, and secured the 2 ends of the collar with a paperclip.
  • Grease the interior to ease removal
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