18 BBA: English Muffins

This is the 12th bread of the Bread Bakers Apprentice challenge. I made a different version of these many years ago, and was excited to make Peter Reinhart's version.

Do you know the muffin man? He was briefly mentioned in Jane Austen's 19th century book, "Persuasion."

He's also in a nursery rhyme...

This recipe made only 6 muffins.

I was tempted to double it.

I'm glad I didn't!

You cook these on one side for 5-8 minutes....

Flip them over and cook them for 5-8 more minutes...

Man, these are thick!!

They are approximately 4" in diameter and 1 1/2" thick!

They are put into a 350 degree oven to finish baking for another 5-8 minutes.

Even though I have never 'baked' English muffins, this recipe requires it because the muffins are so thick.

This is called 'fork splitting.'

You pierce your muffin in the sides, with a fork...

all the way around.

Using a 'fork split' instead of a knife is supposed to preserve all the nooks and crannies of your muffin...

Here they are....I think...aren't the nooks and crannies supposed to be larger?

Oh well.

They toasted up nicely.

When my boys heard that I was making sausage/egg muffin sandwiches, they were so happy!

I will definitely make these again, even it it means that I will be smooshing my breakfast sandwich down to make it shorter....

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