Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Homemade English Muffins
I found a neat recipe for homemade English muffins at Happy Housewife. In fact I found a whole lot of recipes and neat ideas I want to try. Our family loves English muffins, so they were the first thing. I was thrilled that the recipe incorporated whole wheat flour. I usually have packages of whole-wheat store-bought English muffins in my freezer, ready to pop into the toaster for breakfast.
I did modify the recipe a bit, I used 3 cups whole wheat flour and only 1 cup of regular flour. I don't have a griddle, so I used my electric frying pan. It worked out just fine. It took a max of 10 minutes to mix the dough and less than 15 minutes to roll it out and cut it after it had risen.
The recipe yielded 19 muffins. They ranged in size, but most were about 55-60 grams. A store bought English muffin was 63 grams. Store-bought English muffins are 99¢ for 6, so 16.5¢ each. I did the math to figure out the cost of the homemade ingredients (digital kitchen scale came in very handy for this). I guessed for the cornmeal, because I used only a sprinkle.
Cost of Homemade:
whole wheat flour 23¢
white flour 8.8¢
Total: 91.8¢ or 4.83¢ each (for a slightly smaller muffin)
Not only were the homemade muffins cheaper, they tasted sooooo much better than store-bought. They don't last very long, though. Half of them were eaten before they even cooled :-)