3.02.2012

fantasy friday: english muffins from hogwarts

They had the dormitory to themselves and the common room was far emptier
than usual, so they were able to get the good armchairs by the fire. They sat by
the hour eating anything they could spear on a toasting fork -- bread, English
muffins, marshmallows -- and plotting ways of getting Malfoy expelled, which
were fun to talk about even if they wouldn't work.

from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
by J.K. Rowling


You can bet that the English muffins Ron and Harry snacked on during their holiday break were not purchased in the supermarket. I'm fairly certain they were prepared at least by the dozens by all the hardworking Hogwarts house-elves.

Don't feel bad for them though. These are super fun to make. This was my first adventure with active yeast, and I was afraid it would be a huge flop. But it was easy as can be, and I basked in the smell of rising dough before the moment of truth. It almost felt like Hogwarts...


You could certainly buy English muffins at the grocery store, but here are four reasons why it's better to make your own...

1. Per muffin, even the cheapest store bought muffins cost three times as much as these babies. And I used some expensive ingredients too.
2. The store bought muffins are loaded up with all kinds of wonky chemicals. They might be harmless, but I prefer to be able to pronounce all recipe ingredients.
3. These are actually loads of fun to make.
4. The house-elves totally disapprove of store bought English muffins.

It's definitely okay if you toast them in the toaster though. Not all of us have a roaring Gryffindor fire in our living rooms.

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Whole Wheat English Muffins

*I highly recommend this book to any HP fan, but know that it is full of meats and sweets, so major adaptation is required to get anything vegan or really healthy out of it. ;-)

Ingredients:
3 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour, plus extra as needed
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
4 tbsp oil
1 packet active dry yeast (approximately 1 tbsp)
1 cup warm water (100 to 110 degrees)
1 tbsp coconut sugar

Combine the flour and salt in a mixing bowl and set aside. Heat the almond milk and oil together in the microwave until just warm, 10-30 seconds, and set aside. Mix the water, yeast, and coconut sugar and let the mixture sit until the yeast blooms at the surface (about 5 minutes). Pour the milk/oil mixture and yeast mixture into the flour mix, and stir to blend. Knead by hand, adding more flour as necessary (I needed an additional 2 tbsp).

When dough is smooth, grease the inside of the bowl and surface of the dough with oil. Return the dough to the bowl. Set in a warm area (I used the top of our oven). Wet a dish towel with warm water, wring well, and cover the dough. Allow dough to rise until about doubled in size, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Roll the dough out to about 1/2 inch thick on a floured surface. Use a cookie cutter or glass to cut out 3 inch diameter circles. Heat a skillet on low and cook muffins for 5-10 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned.


16 comments:

  1. ahh loving how you chose Harry Potter this week, mainly because I'm in the process of reading the series for like the millionth time! :) They look scrumptious!

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  2. There's a Harry Potter cookbook?! *runs to purchase*

    And I am totally making my own English muffins, these look delish!

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  3. I've never tried homemade English muffins, but now that you put HP in the title..... ;)

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  4. ooooh, yum!!! These look delicious!!

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  5. i've been wanting to experience with yeast for a while and always been scared... so thanks for the inspiration (and the info that there is a harry potter cookbook!! how did i miss this?). happy weekend!

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  6. That actually looks kind of simple - thanks for sharing!

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  7. Why have I never heard of The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook....?? That sounds SO amazing, as do these!!

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  8. Yay for active yeast! These look great. I am totally making them. Probably on Sunday.
    And also, I <3 you.

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  9. I love everything about this post, from the HP reference to the muffins themselves. Happy, happy girl. I may just have to make these Sunday morning. :-)

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  10. How fun! Nick LOVES English muffins (especially when opened the "Right way" with a fork), so I try to buy them every once in a while, but it's tough because like you said they are NOT cheap! I will have to try this recipe sometime! Thanks for posting it.

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  11. I'm impressed...but actually, you've made it simple! These look awesome. I love english muffins.

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  12. ah! this is amazing. English muffins are to die for - and while I usually buy then at the store I think I need to try making these to keep those house elves off my back!

    cant wait to read about your next recipe!

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  13. I am SO impressed that you made homemade English muffins!! They look perfect. And love that you mentioned the house elves.

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  14. Yum! I 'm a blueberry muffin girl and maybe it's time to try baking English Muffins, gotta try this one.

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  15. How many did this make? I'm trying to calculate the calories but it's hard when you don't know the number it makes! Thanks!

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    1. I believe it made 24. Sorry, it was so long ago!

      But this is likely to vary by person, depending on the thickness of the dough and what you use to cut it. If you want to calculate the calories, I'd recommend doing it for the entire recipe, then dividing by the number of muffins you actually make.

      Hope that helps!

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Thanks for making me smile. =)