(emphasis added for arrested development lovers)
so my search for a cream horn recipe led me to a couple conclusions….one…i needed more time because executing the puff pastry will take quite a bit of work (and magic, it seems)…and two…i needed to find a simpler recipe to buy me some time. the mistake? thinking english muffins would be simple.
what i learned:
for an english muffin recipe…you need to plan accordingly. the recipe i attempted thursday night….had many many “rest” periods for the dough…that i didn’t plan for. i ended up staying up way too late…and waking up way too early….only to yield poor results.
there are many recipes out there….i trust my handy-dandy bread bible…..but as i did my research, i found that the coveted “nook and cranny” effect is not always accounted for in every recipe. some produce them…and some do not. and it all depends on the ingredients, and the wet/dryness of the dough…some recipes are even more like batter than dough.
i also would have never imagined…that english muffins were made on griddles. so that was a fun surprise, not really a hindrance….cause thanks to chase rewards….i had enough points to have my new griddle delivered in two days!
after coming in last week without the promised english muffins…and feeling pretty defeated, a coworker told me about the whole Thomas’ english muffin lawsuit (and an entire company with only seven recipe holders)…and said…see…it must be a complicated recipe. thanks lori!
only one sad sorry english muffin made it out alive….and it tasted ok….but i knew i had cut corners and rushed….so ultimately….i needed to take another shot.
for the record…here’s the one and only survivor
for now…we’ll put this in the fail category…but i will be back. we lazy birds are surprisingly determined :)