Breads, breakfast, Traditions

Warm English Muffins

Warm english muffin hot from skillet

Im a huge fan of the english muffin. I love the cornmeal crunch and nooks and crannies that butter can seep into. I also enjoy topping with my favorite seasonal jams. Spring favorite, there is always my orange marmalade. So when Jason ate the last english muffin- of course I pondered how to make. I will never store buy again. If you have a cast iron skillet you can make and freeze these light fluffy muffins to enjoy any day.

This is a two day process to make to ultimate product. But a two hour rest for the dough will suffice. I like to make the easy dough the night before and then skillet hot muffins in the morning. A kitchen aide is really needed or a short dough cycle bread machine.

Ingredients

  • Flour 2-3/4 c
  • 1-T salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 T sugar
  • 2. 1/4 tsp yeast
  • 1egg beaten
  • Light cornmeal or semolina flour for dusting
  • Veg oil to make overnight bowl non- stick

Mix yeast, milk, water, sugar in a microwave safe glass container. Warm to 110 degrees

Add egg and melted butter mix.

With electric mixer. Take dry ingredients and slowly incorporate wet liquid. Then run on medium and mix for 7 minutes. Dough will be wet and really sticky with a stretch. This step is key and a hand mixer will not paddle the dough accurately.

Cover and allow to rise 30 minutes at room temperature. Transfer to a generously oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate over night.

Preheat oven 350

On a floured surface hand pat dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut muffins into 3 inch rounds. Reforming scraps. Do t over work.

Rest on parchment paper sprinkled with cornmeal. Lightly dust cornmeal on the tops as well. Cover with light flour towel to rise and rest 30 minutes. Start warming black skillet on low to med low. Dust pan with cornmeal. Bake muffins three or four at a time. 5 minutes on each side with a light lid checking after three minutes to be sure to not cook to fast and avoid burning.

Store in airtight container and consume in four days or freeze.

These muffins are so fresh and light in texture. So delicious.

breakfast, Desserts, Traditions

Pear and Ricotta cheese Danish with puffed pastry

Simple puffed pastry dough from the freezer makes this an easy so tasty desert.

My dear friend gave me fresh pears but any fruit works well in this recipe. I made a delicious fresh raspberry before and the fruit cooked so bright in color.

Ingredients:

Boxed puffed pastry dough thawed

Fresh fruit of choice pictured I used three peeled halved and sliced pear

Tbl jam (I used orange marmalade)

Lemon zest 1 heap Tbs

1 cup ricotta

1 egg

Two Tbs sugar ( add more to sweet taste)

tsp ground cardamon

Pinch salt

Tsp vanilla

Egg white- for egg wash

Mix cheese, egg , cardamom, zest, vanilla and salt in small bowl. Set aside

Take peeled and moon shaped sliced pear mix with marmalade in separate bowl. Set aside

Roll out dough on floured surface to just smooth edges and creases. Spread 1/2 cheese mixture down center of pastry. Assemble half fruit and gently fold together overlapping top.

Carefully slice diagonal top for venting. Crimp ends with fork to seal cheese in.

Assemble second roll. Assemble on baking sheet with parchment paper.

Egg wash tops and lightly sprinkle w sugar.

Preheated 400 degree oven. Bake 15 min- turn even to 375 bake addition 10 min or until golden brown.

Serve warm w vanilla ice-cream or whipped cream.