Monday, September 13, 2010

Over the weekend...

I managed to get some pretty big things crossed off my to-do list this weekend and I even had time to make homemade english muffins which were incredible. We had friends stop by for breakfast on Sunday and they were a big hit, especially with a little nutella...mmm!

My mom and I went to Ikea to price out my kitchen on Saturday...I'm getting so excited for all the plans on the house that seem like they are finally starting to come together. I hope to share some of my kitchen ideas with you this week. It feels good to get things accomplished! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

Photo: The Design Boards

English Muffin Recipe (using the help of a bread maker)

1/2 cup water
1 egg
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 cups bread flour
1 1/2 tsp yeast
cornmeal for dusting

Place all ingredients except the cornmeal in the bread pan of your bread maker.  Start the bread maker using the dough function.

When the bread maker is finished, remove dough and turn out on to a floured work surface.  

With a rolling pin, roll the dough out to a 3/8 inch thickness.  Using a 3 inch biscuit cutter, cut out dough, re-rolling the scrap dough as needed until you have used all the dough.

Place the muffins on a baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal.  Coat both sides of the muffins lightly with cornmeal.  Cover with a towel and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.

Using an ungreased cast iron skillet set to medium heat, place muffins in the skillet and allow to brown lightly on both sides (about 5 minutes on each side). My stove and cast iron skillet get very hot so monitor your muffins closely and adjust temperature settings accordingly. 

Remove muffins from pan and allow to cool on wire racks.  Serve with butter, jam, and nutella for a delicious breakfast treat!

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