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Comments on English Muffin making experience

clazar123's picture

Comments on English Muffin making experience

I just finished making the English Muffin recipe on the Sourdough Home site and have a few comments.

First of all, let me say how forgiving bread can be. I got distracted/ interrupted while mixing it up and did not put in the salt and baking soda. Luckily, I discovered it before I baked them. SO-dusted off the cornmeal,all the dough back in the bowl and I mixed up the baking soda and salt with a few tablespoons of water and put it all in the K5 with a little extra flour. They may be a little tougher but it seemed to work out. Another funny cooking memory!

My real comment, though, is a suggestion. I did use the wax paper dusted with cornmeal but did find that the muffin dough still stuck to the wax paper. I believe parchment paper may have worked better and also there needs to be a very generous amount of cornmeal layed down. So, next time I'll try and remember ALL the ingredients the first time I mix it up and I will try the parchment paper.

They still turned out yummy but not sour and with only a few holes. I hope the "hole situation" is remedied by adding the ingredients in the proper sequence next time.


noonesperfect's picture

Parchment paper only releases when exposed to heat, so uncooked dough will stick to it the same way it sticks to wax paper.  You may to try a little pan spray or vegetable oil on the wax paper.



Soundman's picture


I am way too familiar with slips of memory and baking bread. I have a suggestion which may help. I wrote the word "SALT!" on a small label and stuck it on my KA Mixer. Every time I use the mixer it stares at me. I usually, therefore, put the salt for the recipe aside, in a dish, or mixed in with a small amount of flour that I add to the recipe along with the levain, after the autolyse.

Since putting this little reminder to work, I am happy to say I have had no more slipups!

Soundman (David)

clazar123's picture

That just goes right along with my obssession with "post-it" notes! What a great idea!

The English muffins are half -history already and my husband is already suggesting how to make the next batch-I guess he liked them!