Pumpkin Spice English Muffins in Fun Halloween Shapes

Sometimes I have a genius idea, you know a total epiphany. How do I know it’s a good idea? It’s something I haven’t already come across on pinterest. If it’s out there don’t burst my bubble. We’ve been out of English muffins for a while and I was due to make another batch. With fall upon us we’ve entered the season of the pumpkin flavored everything and I decided that I must have pumpkin spice English muffins. Plus we still have several jars left from last year and soon it’ll be pumpkin slaughter time again. I also decided that to increase the fun factor I needed shaped English muffins, round is boring this year. I did a quick recipe search and after looking at a half dozen reviews or posts about the brand name English muffin in a pumpkin spice flavor I gave up. Besides after years of watching Alton Brown I understand the science behind food and can make things up as I go along.

You might remember this post in which my Better Homes and Garden’s Cookbook really failed me, but their English muffin recipe is pretty straight forward and I’ve used it before so this is my adaptation.

  • 2 cups WW flour
  • 4 1/2 tsp yeast
  • 1/2 tsp each ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, cloves
  • 3 1/4-3 3/4 AP flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 TBS sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • cornmeal for sprinkling
-Mix WW flour, spices, and yeast in mixing bowl.
-In a microwave safe bowl combine milk and butter, warm to about 120-130 degrees and        butter just melts, whisk in pumpkin, sugar, salt, and vanilla.
-Add milk mixture to WW flour mixture, stir.
-Add AP flour until soft dough forms
-Place in greased bowl to rise about an 1 hour till doubled
-Roll dough to 1/2 inch thick and cut with floured cutters.

-Cover both sides in cornmeal, I wet my finger with water and rubbed it then sprinkled cornmeal on both sides
-place on baking sheet to rise, about 30 min
-Cook on griddle over medium heat. If you have an electric one, it’s 325°. it takes about 25 min to cook through and you have to turn often to keep from burning them.
While you are carefully watching the griddle your helper will go behind your back and attack the bread you made that morning.
We ended up with 28 English muffins, but I’m sure it depends on the size of the cutters you use.
They aren’t as pumpkiny as I was hoping, so I might try again upping the pumpkin amount and lowering the milk. But they still taste nummy and were great with the apple butter we made.

The best bakers wear the flour.




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