Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Cherry English Muffins

Cherry English Muffins

These cherry English muffins are probably the closest I've gotten to creating the "nook and cranny" English muffins for which we bakers strive. Plus they have cherries!!!

I've made English muffins before. The first ones I tried called for a really stiff dough, and the texture wasn't very airy at all. The second time I baked them, I used a much wetter dough, and was much happier with the results.

Cherry English Muffins

Both of the English muffin recipes call for browning them on a griddle, and then finishing them in the oven. This recipe uses an even wetter dough, and the dough is almost batter-like, kind of like crumpet batter. It is poured into English Muffin Rings on top of a griddle and never put into an oven.

These rings aren't very expensive, but they certainly are a specialty item. However, you could use them to contain fried or scrambled eggs for a breakfast sandwich, right? How about for shaping crab cakes? You could also use them on a griddle to make perfectly matched pancakes.

Cherry English Muffins


Now that we've justified the purchase of another kitchen gadget set, let's make some airy English muffins with cherries!

The dough for these muffins is mixed in advance and then immediately chilled. You leave it in the refrigerator for one to four days. On baking day, you fold baking soda and more water into the dough. I also added cherries, to go with our #TwelveLoaves theme.

Bottom line? These were really good, and excellent split with a fork, toasted, buttered, and spread with peach preserves. The combination of the cherries and the jam was pretty fabulous. Not your typical raisin English muffins.

Cherry English Muffins


Cherry English Muffins

Ingredients

2 tsp honey
1 T vegetable or olive oil
1 1/2 C lukewarm milk
12 ounces (340 g) unbleached bread flour
3/4 tsp salt
2 tsp instant yeast
1/2 C dried cherries
1/4 tsp baking soda
3 T warm water
Corn meal or semolina flour for dusting

Instructions

  1. Mix the honey, oil, milk, flour, salt, and yeast in a large bowl with a dough whisk or large spoon. Mix for a few minutes, and then scrape down the bowl. Mix again for about 30 seconds, and then cover with plastic and refrigerate immediately.
  2. About 2 hours before making the muffins, remove the bowl from the refrigerator.
  3. When you are ready to make the muffins, mix the baking soda with the water.
  4. Sprinkle the cherries over the dough.
  5. Gently fold the water and soda into the dough. Let the dough rest for about 10 minutes. 
  6. Heat a griddle over medium heat. If you are using an electric griddle, heat it to 300 degrees F. 
  7. Spray the griddle and the muffin rings with spray oil.
  8. Dust the inside of the rings with cornmeal or semolina. 
  9. Mist a 1/3 C measuring cup with oil, add the dough, and pour it into a ring, about 2/3 full. 
  10. Sprinkle cornmeal or semolina over each muffin once you've filled all of the rings. 
  11. Cook for at least 12 minutes, until the bottoms are golden brown.
  12. Flip the muffins over (including the rings), and cook for another 12 minutes. I cooked mine a bit longer just to make sure they were cooked through. 
  13. The muffins are done when both sides are brown and the muffins are springy to the touch. 
  14. Cool the muffins in their rings for 2 minutes, and then remove the rings. Cool the muffins on their edges to prevent shrinking for at least 30 minutes.
This recipe was adapted from Peter Reinhart's Artisan Breads Everyday

#TwelveLoaves June: Cherries

If you’d like to add your bread to the collection with the Linky Tool this month, here’s what you need to do!

1. When you post your Twelve Loaves bread on your blog, make sure that you mention the Twelve Loaves challenge in your blog post; this helps us to get more members as well as share everyone's posts. Please make sure that your bread is inspired by the theme!

2. Please link your post to the linky tool at the bottom of my blog. It must be a bread baked to the Twelve Loaves theme.

3. Have your Twelve Loaves bread that you baked this June, 2014, and posted on your blog by June 30, 2014.

#TwelveLoaves is a monthly bread baking party created by Lora from Cake Duchess.

#TwelveLoaves runs smoothly with the help of our friends. Thanks to the wonderful Renee Dobbs and Liz Berg for their help this month!

Here's what the #TwelveLoaves bakers made this month!
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19 comments:

  1. Yep, time for another kitchen gadget purchase. How cool these are done in a skillet with those rings.

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  2. Wow, I have yet to make English muffins, but I'll definitely start with your gorgeous cherry version!!! Marvelous!!!

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  3. What an awesome idea to put fruit into your english muffins! I need to make a batch stat, they sounds (and look) fantastic, Karen!

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  4. What a treat to have an english muffin and with cherries. Now we are talking. Your recipe looks great and I love the encouragement to buy more kitchen gadgets. One can never have too many gadgets. Wink wink.

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  5. The part about justifying another kitchen gadget cracked me up! I totally understand that. I can see my other half looking at me skeptically as he calmly asks where in the world I will stash one more thing? I'd use them regularly though!

    These English muffins already have me thinking of two breakfast sandwich ideas. One a little on the sweeter side and one savory. And thanks for the tip about dried cherries. :)

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  6. Oh I love these english muffins!!! they look so good. . I have yet to make these so pinning and can't wait to try! Delicious!!

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  7. Oh, my gosh. My kids adore English muffins and I have got to try your recipe while cherries are in season. These muffins are perfect, Karen! Thanks for baking with us!!

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  8. Cherries are my favorite, these look wonderful. Can't believe these are cooked outside of the oven. Amazing!

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  9. Ooooh english muffins make the perfect breakfast and you did a marvellous job, the dough looks simply irresistible!
    Have a lovely day
    Lou

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  10. You are preaching to the choir here on extra kitchen gadgets, Karen. I already have a set of those rings. :) I can see how fluffy your muffins turned out. Very impressive! Love the tip to cool the muffins on their edges so they don't fall. I never would have thought to do that but it makes perfect sense.

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    1. Thanks Stacy! I love, love, love kitchen gadgets!

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  11. I would have never thought of cherry English muffins but I'm so glad you did. I'm pinning your recipe with hopes to try it some day soon. I actually have some English muffin rings and they're made out of silicone. I've used them for making crumpets but now I'll use them for your recipe :)
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

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  12. These look so good! I've never made English muffins before, but it doesn't seem too hard! Love the addition of the cherries :)

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  13. I love eating english muffins smeared with cream cheese! This is such a neat idea of adding cherries to english muffin!

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  14. I need little convincing to buy a new kitchen gadget-- I think your muffin rings were well worth it to make these beauties!

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  15. I have these rings since I have made crumpets before, and now I have another use for them too. My girls love English Muffins and I can't wait to give these a try.

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