Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Cinnamon Raisin Sourdough English Muffins

In my post the other day where I made regular english muffins I mentioned that the next time I made them I would make cinnamon raisin muffins, and so I did.  The kitchen smells like cinnamon which is so nice.  My husband says that the cinnamon smell reminds him of his childhood when he was in the kitchen with his grandmother and she would make him cinnamon toast.  I like that kind of memory.  I could tell when he was talking about it he remembers her fondly.

Raisin Cinnamon Sourdough English Muffins
In a large bowl combine 1/2 cup fresh starter**, 1-1/4 cups warm non-chlorinated water and 1-1/2 cups flour.  Set in a warm place until bubbly, (several hours).Combine these next ingredients together in a separate bowl:1 cup flour (any flour can be used)1/2 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon baking soda
RaisinsStir the flour mixture into the bubbly sourdough batter, add enough cinnamon and raisins to incorporate into the dough.  You may want to add a little cinnamon to your board that you knead the dough on.  You want enough cinnamon and raisins to know that it is a cinnamon raisin muffin. Stir in enough extra flour to make a tough, plastic like dough, 1/4 to 1/2 cup more.  Knead 3-5 minutes until the dough is no longer sticky.  Roll on a lightly floured board to 1/2 inch thick.  Cut into 3 inch rounds with a wide mouth canning jar ring.  Sprinkle a place with cornmeal.  Moisten both sides of the dough rounds with non-chlorinated water and flop them on the cornmeal.  Place each on waxed paper, leaving enough space so that they do not touch and can rise.  Let rise until double in thickness (about 1 hour).  Very lightly grease a skillet or electric fry pan*, heating to low, 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook them about 10 minutes on each side until browned and puffed up.  Cool. Split with a fork and toast. 
*I used an electric fry pan so that I could regulate the temperature easier.
**Fresh Starter - In a bowl with 1/2 cup of sourdough starter add:1-1/2 cups flour1-1/4 cup warm, non-chlorinated, waterStir thoroughly, and set in a warm place as before until it is actively bubbling.  (About 6-1/2 hours) When starter is bubbly and light, stir gently, then set aside the 1/2 cup of start and put in the refrigerator until next time.  Now you can proceed with your favorite recipes with the fresh starter.  The sourdough is fresh when you start the recipe so it should be less time to see the active (bubbly) stage again depending on the temperature it is placed in.

Cinnamon Raisin Muffins on Left, Regular Muffins on Right

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