Nelly Elliott

Newcastle based blogger, mama, creative, coffee-only with my oxygen, vegan, plus-size fashion lover and feminist.


Great British Bake Off - English Muffins

Warning, if you haven't watched last nights Great British Bake-Off yet, do not read on. SPOILERS

Great British Bake Off 2013

It was all about bread on the Great British Bake-Off last night. Although the bakes themselves seemed a little uninspiring. Bread sticks? Really? Who makes their own bread sticks? Although after seeing Ali's blue cheese numbers I might be tempted.

I picked Beca in the office sweepstake, she did seem to have a bad night last night with her bendy bread sticks and under-baked Christmas wreath. She is still my favourite though, the banter between her and Mel lifted what ended up being a bit of a dismal week.

Don't get me wrong I enjoyed it, I just felt that the bakes were a bit dull. Bread sticks? I mean come on.

I was super happy to see Ali and Ruby gain in confidence this week after a shaky start. Although I feel Kimberley should of been star baker.

Great British Bake Off 2013

I am still baking along with the show, after the success of last weeks Angel Cake I was raring to try the next technical challenge!

I used the Mary Berry recipe for English Muffins from her Complete Cookbook. I do love Mary Berry but this book is a bit of a shambles, the index doesn't match the page numbers and the recipes lack detail.

This recipe is not at all what they used on the show, no butter or eggs. Just a basic bread dough really. They still tasted like English muffins should though!

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English Muffins
  • 500g Wholemeal Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 7g Sachet of yeast
  • 250ml Almond Milk
  • 125ml Hot water
I mixed the flour, salt and yeast together in my Kitchenaid while I measured out the wet ingredients.I added the hot water to the milk and slowly poured it into the flour (with the Kitchenaid on low).I continued to knead the dough in the mixer (fitted with a dough hook) for around 5-7 minutes, until it was smooth and elastic.I left it to prove in a warm spot for around an hour, until doubled in size.I knocked the dough back and gave it a quick knead.I rolled the dough to around an inch and a half thick and cut out 8 muffins (well 7.5 really).I left these to prove again on a lightly oiled baking tray loosely covered in cling film.After 30 minutes I then proceeded to cook the muffins in a warm frying pan. I gave it 6-7 minutes on each side.

What did you make of last nights show? Do you have your favourite picked yet?

Next week it looks like its going to be il flotante (floating islands) and trifle. Neither of which has me too excited. Are they running out of bake ideas?

I added my post to the Bakers Anonymous GBBO Bake-a-long. Go check them out and see how everyone else got on this week!