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Originally published Monday, April 28, 2014 at 6:05 AM

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Recipe: Whole-Wheat English Muffins


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Makes 6 muffins

2 teaspoons (7 grams) active dry yeast

4 tablespoons (60 grams) unsalted butter

½ cup (120 milliliters) plain yogurt

½ cup (120 milliliters) warm whole milk

½ tablespoon (7 milliliters) honey

1 teaspoon (5 grams) fine sea salt

1 cup (125 grams) whole-wheat flour

1 cup (125 grams) all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon (4 grams) baking soda

Cornmeal, preferably coarse, as needed

1. In a small bowl combine yeast and 1 / 3 cup warm water (80 milliliters) and let rest until yeast has dissolved, about five minutes.

2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter and put it in a large bowl. Whisk in yogurt, milk, honey, salt and the yeast mixture.

3. Add flours and baking soda to bowl and beat thoroughly with a spoon or rubber spatula until well combined. Cover bowl and let rest in a warm spot for 1 to 1½ hours, or until dough has doubled.

4. Heat oven 350 degrees. Lightly dust a small baking sheet with cornmeal.

5. Place a large skillet over medium heat and melt 1 tablespoon butter. Using a large ice-cream scoop or ½ cup measuring cup, drop batter into skillet to form round muffins about 4 inches in diameter, mounding the batter in the center. (You may need to coax the dough a little with your fingers, so be careful of the hot pan, and don’t worry if they’re not perfectly circular.) Repeat until you have 3 muffins, leaving the rest of the batter for a second batch. Reduce heat to low. Cover skillet with lid or baking sheet and cook three to five minutes, until bottoms are golden brown (Be careful not to let them burn).

6. Uncover skillet and flip muffins using a spatula. Cover again and cook two to four minutes or until the other sides are golden brown. Place muffins on prepared baking sheet. Repeat using remaining batter and another tablespoon of butter.

7. Bake muffins for six to nine minutes, or until puffed and cooked through. Split the muffins with a fork and toast before eating.

— Melissa Clark, The New York Times



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