I always find it cool how changing even a single variable can significantly change the outcome. That is as true in baking as it is in many other domains.
English muffins are a great example of this. They are just regular bread dough that is cooked on the griddle rather than baked in the oven… simple enough right – but would you have guessed how easy their preparation was before now?
Certainly they are sold in stores at a premium – but you can turn them out easily at home.
Whole wheat English Muffins in the frypan
English muffin rings are certainly not necessary, and personally I would never have purchased them. Rather I have two dozen that I made up from salvaged stainless steel sheets. They are nice in that they give uniform muffins, but the real reason I enjoy using them is that I get a kick out of having fabricated them myself from scrap.
Mix the water, eggs, vinegar and oil together in the bread machine pan
Add the flour, sugar, yeast and salt
Set the bread machine to dough, and observe as it starts to mix the ingredients. You may need to add up to 1/4 cup more water depending upon the moisture content of your flour and the size of your eggs. We've got a video out showing what consistency you want your dough to have at this point.
When the dough has completed its cycle dump it out on a floured surface. Cut into about 18 to 24 pieces, roll into balls and pat out into disks around an inch thick.
If you have English muffin rings you put them in the rings and they will adopt a uniform shape. The rings are nice but certainly not necessary. The only reason I have two dozen is because I welded them up from scrap stainless steel sheets I salvaged.
Once doubled in bulk place them on a skillet heated to medium heat. Fry for about a minute and then flip. You'll need to do this for about a total of ten minutes. If you find the muffins burning turn down the heat.
Let cool at least a bit before you break them open. Do so not with a bread knife but by sticking a fork in midway all around the circumference of the muffin which will then allow you to easily pull them apart.