English Muffins (from scratch): #73 of 1000 Sustainable Food Experiments

My husband requested and helped with this fun English muffin project. I didn’t know that you cook them on a griddle like pancakes before they go in the oven! The whole thing only took about 2 hours, which is quick for home-baked bread.

This is part of our 1,000 Food Experiments to create sustainable meals for our family and hopefully yours.

Ingredients ($5 total)

1 tbsp active dry yeast – $0.50
3 tbsp honey – $0.42
1/4 cup hottest tap water – free
1 3/4 cups milk – $0.66
1 egg – $0.29
4 tbsp butter, melted – $0.62
5 cups white whole wheat flour – $0.88
1 1/2 tsp salt – $0.08
1 cup almond flour for dusting – $1.26

Directions

1. In a large bowl, mix the yeast, 1 tbsp honey, and water. Stir gently and let it sit for 5 minutes to form a thick foam. Add the remaining 2 tbsp honey, milk, egg, and melted butter, and whisk together. Then add the flour and salt, and mix with a wooden spoon for about 5 minutes until the sticky dough comes together. Cover and rise in a warm place for 1 hour until doubled in size.

2. Using just enough flour to be able to handle the sticky dough, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Cut it in half, then cut each half into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece gently in your hands into a ball, then flatten the ball into an English muffin shape. Put the 16 rounds onto 2 almond flour-dusted parchment-lined baking sheets, then sprinkle more almond flour over the top. Cover and rise again for 1 hour until doubled in size.

3. Set your griddle to medium heat, then carefully lift the rounds with a spatula onto the griddle. Cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side until nicely browned. Put the rounds back on the baking sheet and bake at 325F for about 12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and cut open to toast and eat with your favorite toppings. These freeze well if you don’t eat them all up.

Sustainability Score (explained here)

  • Time to make: 2 = 1-3 hours
  • Servings:  3 = lots of leftovers
  • Cost per person (prices based on Trader Joe’s/Costco): 3 = <$5
  • Deliciousness: 2 = decent meal
  • Environmental impact: 3 = minimal damage
  • Nutritional value: 1 = eat rarely 
  • TOTAL: 14/18

If you tried it, please let me know how it came out for you. Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy day!

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