Whole Wheat English Muffins
1 Tbsp yeast
2 cups lukewarm water
1 cup milk
1 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups vegetable oil
4 cups hard white wheat flour
2 cups corn meal
1. In a small bowl, mix the warm water with the yeast and let stand 10 minutes.
2. In a medium sauce pan, scald milk and stir in sugar, the salt and oil. Pour mixture in a large bowl and let stand until tepid.
3. Pour the yeast mixture into the lukewarm milk mixture. Stir the mixture.
4. Add egg and 2 cups flour int the liquids and beat until smooth. Cover bowl and let rise until doubled and bubbly, about 1-1 1/2 hours.
5. Stir the mixture and add 2 cups of flour. Turn the dough out on a floured surgace. Knead, adding flour as needed.
6. Place the dough in a bowl, cover and let rise again until doubled.
7. Sprinkle cornmeal on the kneading surface. Roll dough to about 2 inches thick. Sprinkle cornmeal on top. Cut the muffins wiht a glass or biscuit cutter into rounds. Leave on kneading surface. Cover and let rise again until the muffins double.
8. Place muffin dough in a lightly oiled large skillet, cover the pan and cook 5-10 minutes on each side on medium heat. Cool on a wire rack.
Makes about 30 muffins
If you are interested in more whole grain recipes this recipe is from Cooking & Baking wiht Fresh Ground Four by Christine Downs. It is a wonderful book for those who mill their own flour and bake for their families (or want to...). I use this book ALL THE TIME!!!
I am making these tomorrow, I hope, and I will share pics when I get them done... :)
For those interested in what I do...
I am a bread baker by trade. I am studying to become a chef and pastry chef and want to own a whole grains healthy bread and catering business. I mill my own grain from wheat I purchase once a year from Wheat Montana. I mill my grain with a Whisper Mill (they are no longer made but you can check out the Nutrimill for milling) I use a Bosch machine for my mixing because the Kitchen Aid could not take the daily use I was dishing out and it started falling apart on me. LOL The Bosch is the BEST MIXER I HAVE EVER USED!!! For more info on bread basics you can check out my sidebar under Bread Baking 101.
Stay tuned for pita bread...