English muffins are pretty versatile ~ Toast them and top with whatever you like, or make into an egg sandwich, use it for a mini pizza crust, or just toast, butter and eat. That being said we like them here, so imagine my silly excitement when this recipe was tried! and enjoyed! Something to be made over and over THAT is for sure! Don’t be intimidated PLEASE, they were easy. IF you have any questions, never hesitate! You ALL should know that I do so LOVE hearing from you! 🙂
*Want the “nooks and crannies” effect? Then split them open with a fork and not a knife.
* You can make your own oat bran by processing Old Fashioned Oats ~ process till just above a powder.
Honey – Bran English Muffins
1 1/4 c. warm water
3 TB. honey
2 TB. butter
3 c. bread flour
3/4 c. wheat bran
1/2 tsp. salt
3 tsp. yeast
1 1/2 TB. oat bran (can use wheat bran), for topping
Layer ingredients in your bread machine in the order listed. (Or hand kneading directions at bottom of recipe.) Set to dough cycle.
Sprinkle baking sheet with 3/4 TB (ish) of the oat bran. Set aside.
When the dough cycle in complete, turn dough out onto counter and divide into 12. Shape each piece into a ball. Press in to 4″ circle about 3/4″ tall. Place on prepared baking sheet. Spritz a bit with water and top with the rest of the oat bran. Cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise, in a warm place, till JUST doubled(any bigger then that and they will be kinda hard to get off the pan and onto the griddle/skillet). (This will not take much longer then half an hour or so.)
Heat your electric skillet (I actually use my griddle) to 325°.
You will be “dry frying” the dough. Meaning you do not need to grease the skillet/pan. PREFERABLY use a non-stick, or at least that is what I use and I have no problems with the dough sticking.
Place risen dough carefully on skillet or griddle and for about 4-6 minutes per side, or until golden brown.
(Directions for mixing/kneading my hand.) Combine the yeast and warm water, let set for 5 minutes, till nice and foamy. Add the butter, honey, salt, wheat bran and flour (1 c. at a time) ~ stirring to combine. When it gets to hard to stir by hand, dump onto the counter and knead the rest in, then knead for about 6-8 minutes. Put dough in a bowl, covered, and let rise (in a warm place) for about 45 minutes. When risen, proceed on with recipe above.
Recipe from the Bread Electric Cookbook.