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10 Easy Bread Recipes


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English Muffins
Make your own English muffins for you next big brunch. Your guests will be impressed.
Make your own English muffins for you next big brunch. Your guests will be impressed.
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup water, warmed to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.7 degrees Celsius)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk, warmed to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.7 degrees Celsius)
  • 2 teaspoons cornmeal

Directions:

Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit (121.1 degrees Celsius). Combine the water, yeast, and sugar in a small bowl and let stand until bubbly -- about 8 minutes. Combine the flours and salt in a large, ovensafe bowl and warm in the oven for 5 minutes. Place the flour mixture and the yeast mixture in a food processor, turn it on and add the milk in a steady stream. If needed, add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until dough is smooth and supple. Place the dough in a large, oiled bowl, turning to coat all sides. Cover with a clean, damp kitchen towel and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until it doubles in volume -- about 1 hour. Punch the dough down, transfer it to a clean work surface, and knead for 3 minutes. Cover with a damp towel and let rest for 30 minutes.

Sprinkle a baking sheet with cornmeal and set aside. Divide the dough into 8 pieces, gently form each into a patty, and place the patties on the prepared baking sheet, turning to coat both sides lightly with cornmeal. Cover with a damp towel and let rest for 30 minutes.

Lightly oil a cast-iron skillet and heat over low heat. Place four muffins in the skillet and cook until the bottoms are golden brown -- about 15 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining four muffins. Store the muffins in an airtight container for three days, or freeze for up to one month. Serve toasted.

[source: Country Living]


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