Wednesday, 28 August 2013

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
Ingredients
  • 500g Wholemeal Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 7g Sachet of yeast
  • 250ml Almond Milk
  • 125ml Hot water
Instructions
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!

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I have also linked up to The Great Blogger Bake Off. Hosted by Jessie and Jenny

21 comments:

  1. Wow, not tried making muffins before. Really enjoyed yesterdays episode :)

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    1. I hadn't made them before either. After making them I don't think I will again. But good to have made them, I can tick them off my list. :)

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  2. I totally agree about the uninspiring bakes last night - I don't think any of the three things that they baked last night were particularly inspiring and, with a few notable exceptions, they were easy enough that most people seem to do fine. I agree about the star baker thing too. I had high hopes for this series but if it continues like this, I'm not going to be hugely interested I don't think.

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    1. I don't think I will condemn the whole series based on this episode, i really enjoyed last week. Lets hope it picks up again! :)

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  3. It would appear I am very much alone.

    I was excited by the breadsticks, especially Ruby's and I was also excited by the Floating Island's

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    1. I liked the look of the breadsticks, but wasn't inspired to make them myself. Floating islands look interesting, but I have never heard of them before. Will have to do some research! :)

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  4. They look lovely! I'm not sure about next week's bakes either, I'm going to bake one of them but none particularly inspire me.

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  5. I am warming to the idea of floating islands after doing some research.

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  6. I also think Kimberley should have been star baker, I was kind of shocked when she wasn't! But I'm happy for Ruby too. Well, your English muffins look divine. But I'm going to give the bread sticks a go as I've always wanted to make them :-)

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  7. i also thought Kimberly should have been star baker, i think she is a strong candidate.
    your muffins look great - i am going to have to bake some myself as everyone seems to have muffin fever after last nights show!
    thank you for linking up x

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  8. they look good! I can just imagine them dripping with butter! yum!

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  9. Helen Sims The good life mum29 August 2013 at 22:44

    Get me some good chedder and im in heaven they look right up my street

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  10. They looks delicious. I am loving all the muffins in the link up this week.

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  11. These look great, wholemeal too and love the addition of almond milk, we use that here too.

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  12. These look great, I have to try and make some muffins.

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  13. I saw some wonderful flavour combinations of breadsticks from other bloggers. Wishing I had make them too!

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  14. Check out these cheddar muffins! http://www.claireebakes.co.uk/2013/09/red-leicester-and-black-pepper-english.html YuM!

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  15. I try to use almond milk in most things now, works great!

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  16. These look fab! I tried the same GBBO challenge but with Paul Hollywood's recipe. Not sure if it was him or me, but something was definately off!

    Look forward to your next attempt!

    http://bittenbug.blogspot.co.uk/

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  17. these look great! after seeing lots of muffins this week I feel totally inspired to make some!

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