Tuesday, July 21, 2009

English Muffins (Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge)

This was the first recipe of the Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge in which I attempted to incorporate some whole wheat flour. We switched over to whole grain bread here years ago, and it's been bugging me that I'm making all these strictly white flour recipes, week after week. I've also been a bad girl and skipped the cranberry walnut celebration bread because quite frankly, I can't fit another loaf of enriched bread in my freezer! I plan on coming back to it and making it around the holidays. Much more appropriate for that time, I think. Please forgive me for baking out of order.

I've never made English muffins before and I had no idea that they are fried before they're baked! I realize that this is not a closely guarded secret, but I felt like I'd been let in on something that the rest of the general public probably doesn't know (nor care about, I suppose...lol)

With regard to my addition of whole wheat flour, I substituted about a third of the bread flour with white whole wheat flour. My goal of course, is to get them 100% whole wheat, but I'll work on that after this challenge is completed.

OK. Now that we've taken care of the challenge business, we can get down to the real reason these muffins made my day, my week, and my summer thus far. From the moment I planted my first tomato plant in May, I've dreamed of this:

What is it and what is so special about it, you ask? Well, it's peanut butter and fat-garden-ripe-sliced-tomato on an English muffin. If you've never had a peanut butter and tomato sandwich, you seriously need to try this. Oh go ahead and hold out all you want. I did too. My best friend bragged on these for years before I succumbed. I thought it sounded like the strangest combination ever. But one night after she'd "forced" me into drinking too much wine, I gave in and ate her little concoction. I've never looked back and each year I anxiously await the ripening of my first garden tomato, for this very reason. (If I've enticed you into trying it, please let me know what you thought, OK?)

20 comments:

Brandy said...

Heh, I have fresh tomatoes picked this morning. I know what I'm having for breakfast tomorrow. Kind of looking forward to it. Wish I had an English muffin... but I think the top half of the ciabatta I just finished should be appropriate enough.

Morta Di Fame said...

These look amazing!

Barbara Bakes said...

Your English muffins look perfect! I've been wanting to make them too.

Mags said...

Brandy: Ciabatta would work well too.

Morta: Thanks!

Barbara: Thank you, and yes, you should make these.

Mustang Terri said...

Your english muffins look great. I like the idea of peanut butter and tomato sandwich. Don't you love friends who force you to try something new while forcing you to drink too much wine. Lifting a glass to you and your friend.

Bethie said...

I want to make the english muffins. I have had a recipe tagged, but never got around to it, after seeing your, I bumped it to the front. I love a good garden tomato sandwich. I had one yesterday, but guess what I am trying today! LOL!! I adore peanut butter, so it has got to be a win win combo. :)

Guy Snape said...

Just tried the peanut butter and tomato combo. It really shouldn't work but it does! I'll be having that again when the toms in our garden have ripened.

stephchows said...

PB and tomato??? I need to tell my mom about this... she loves tomatoes :) And I didn't know you fry english muffins first!! who knew!

Cindy said...

Those english muffins look so professional. Great idea to add some whole wheat flour. I plan on doing that too. I will definitely give the PB and tomato a try. Do you recommend smooth or crunchy?

Mags said...

Mustang Terry: thanks for the kind words and the toast!

Bethie: You're going to love it, trust me.

Guy: YAY! A convert! Thanks for reporting back.

Steph: Yes, tell your mom. She'll thank you forever.

Cindy: I'm a smooth gal myself, but I'm sure chunky would work just as well.

Poncho Wearer said...

what does the inside of the english muffin look like? i really like them holey.

Moogie said...

Huh, fry english muffins. Who would have guessed?

susies1955 said...

Ok how did you make these SO very perfect?
I also never knew that these were fried. :)
I plan on making these again and again WHEN I find time. It was so fun.
Great read,
Susie

Mags said...

Poncho: Honestly, I would have liked them more holey, but they tasted delicious.

Moogie: We old broads still can learn something new every day, eh?

Susie: Aww shucks...you think they're perfect? Thank you. That means a lot coming from you!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

They are perfect and look so beautiful!

Cheers,

Rosa

The Missing Piece said...

I agree... those are perfect looking muffins! Well done Mags! I hope mine come out half as nice as yours.

Mustang Terri said...

I had your pb and tomato combo for breakfast yeasterday. I loved it. Will definately adopt it into future breakfasts. Thanks for sharing.

Mags said...

Terri: Glad you enjoyed it!

Nancy/n.o.e said...

Not so sure about that pb and tomato combination, although I grew up with peanut butter and bacon and loved it!

June said...

These look gorgeous Mags! As for PB&T, my brother in law loves PB and ketchup and here I thought he was just "weird".Now I know he's not alone. LOL