Breadmaking Joys

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I’ve had great success with breakfast breads lately. Last week we had some wonderful coffeecake muffins from an America’s Test Kitchen cookbook, and yummy zucchini bread from a recipe Jenny shared with me. This morning we had carrot pancakes. It’s really too bad that Luke is a bit picky; he misses out on some really good food! Accumulating good day-starters has me feeling super confident- that may be why I have the gumption to try to make my own pop tarts tomorrow morning. If they turn out decent, that will be one more breakfast option for us. We do eat a few egg variations too, but the muffins, breads and pancakes win out as what is the norm for us. I thought I’d share one of my favorite breakfast breads; it originally came from FamilyFun magazine. If anyone wants the coffeecake muffin recipe, let me know.

English Muffins

1 c. milk

3 T. butter, cut into pieces

2 T. honey

1 c. warm water

1 pkg. active dry yeast

5 1/2 – 6 c. flour

1 t. salt

cornmeal

Combine milk, butter and honey in medium saucepan. Warm over medium low heat until butter melts, whisk. Remove from heat and cool to lukewarm. Pour water into medium mixing bowl and sprinkle yeast on top. Stir with fork, then let rest 5-10 minutes. Line 2 baking sheets with wax paper and sprinkle cornmeal on top. Pour cooled milk mixture into yeast mixture and stir until well blended. Add 3 cups flour and salt, beat vigorously with wooden spoon until smooth. Continue adding flour until dough is firm enough to knead. Scrape onto lightly floured surface. Knead 3-4 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes. Roll out with rolling pin until 1/2 in. thick. Cut into 3 1/2 in. circles. Put on cornmeal covered pans to rise 35-45 minutes. Toast muffins 10 minutes on each side on griddle (250-300 degrees, varies with appliance) or in a pan over medium heat. Split with fork, enjoy!

One Reply to “Breadmaking Joys”

  1. You are SUPER! If you find a good bagel recipe, my bro has been searching. I giggled b/c my handsome man is picky too. He gets reminded to be less obvious when we hear, “Why isn’t daddy eating the broccoli? ” or “Why did you take the tomatoes out Daddy?” He passes such things over to them as if he is doing them a favor by “sharing”. 😉 Apparently, he’s getting braver over the years according to his parents who gasp when they see him eating new things. 🙂 Maybe you can sneak some goodies into Luke’s meals and then tell him after he says it’s great. Oh, I hope Luke’s not reading this!!! 😉

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