"Do you know the Muffin Man?"
The Boys Do Bake Off - Series 4, Ep.2 - Bread Week
Week two and it's bread week in the tent, where Paul Hollywood has set the bakers the challenge to create eight English Muffins. In good old Blighty they are known just as Muffins but are commonly prefixed with 'English' to distinguish them from the American 'cake-style' muffins. The English muffin is simply an enriched bread which is cooked on the stove rather than baked in the oven.
So onto the dough. Pop your flour into a large mixing bowl and add your yeast to one side and your salt to the other. As this is an enriched dough you're also going to add sugar, butter, milk and an egg. But beware, this makes for a sticky dough. Be brave and knead well before leaving to prove until doubled in size.
Paul's recipe suggests using a cutter, but we simply divided our dough into eight equal pieces, rolled into tight balls then shaped again by hand. Simple, quick and no wastage. Leave to prove again on semolina covered baking sheets.
When you're ready to cook, pre-heat a skillet or wide flat pan on a low-medium heat. Place the muffin in the pan and give a gentle squish with a spatula. Cook for 5-6 minutes a side until golden.
Now, you could split your muffin and toast it, butter it, smother it with jam or pop a sausage patty and fried egg in the middle (you know what we mean). But, to take advantage of your freshly cooked and fluffy delights, we think that savoury hits the mark. Bacon or salmon, it's up to you, but you can't go wrong with soft scrambled eggs and buttery wilted spinach.