Sunday, 28 November 2010

The snow just keeps on snowing...

I know I'm going on about it, but this amount of snow at this time of year is unprecedented.  It's been a day of sub zero temps, blizzards and very little day light - this photo was taken at 2:30 in the afternoon, and the street lights have already come on! On a cheerier note, I made myself a new snow hat last night whilst watching a few episodes of Lost (season 6) on DVD - modeled in the above photo with my littlest boy who was so keen to get in on the photo shoot, I found the pattern on A Beautiful Mess blog.  It's basically a hood, with some plaited ties to keep it close to your face and nice and cosy, which indeed it was.

Speaking of cosy, look what I baked today:-

English Muffins of all things! I have never attempted these before, but they looked pretty easy in the new baking book I received for my birthday, and as son number one loves anything that can be toasted I gave them a whirl and they turned out a treat!

Here's the simple recipe for anyone who fancies giving them a go:-

English Muffins

450g / 1 lb white bread flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 sachet of dried yeast
250 ml /9 fl oz lukewarm water
125 ml/ 4 fl oz natural yogurt
40g/ 1.5 oz semolina (or polenta)

Mix flour, salt, sugar and yeast in bowl.  Add water and yogurt and stir until dough begins to come together.  Knead the dough on a floured surface for 5-10 mins until smooth and elastic.  Shape dough into a ball and cover with damp tea towel and leave to rise for 30 -40 mins.  (OR YOU CAN CHEAT LIKE ME AND USE THE DOUGH SETTING ON YOUR BREAD MACHINE!)

Knead dough on a floured surface, then roll out until it is 2cm / 3/4 inch thick.  Cut out rounds with a biscuit cutter and sprinkle each round with the semolina.  Transfer rounds to a baking sheet, cover and leave for 30 mins. 

heat a griddle or large frying pan over a medium heat - add muffins and cook for 7 -8 mins on each side until golden brown.

Delicious buttered hot straight from the pan, or toasted with scrambled eggs as we did for tea tonight.


  1. I've never made proper muffins (as opposed to American ones) before. I don't know why- I'm no stranger to yeasted doughs. They look just the thing for a freezing afternoon. must give them a go.

    Sue x

  2. I've missed so many beautiful posts! And a giveaway! love everything and have to go and have a good read! and come back sooner!!!

  3. Those muffins look lush, and the new hat is pretty smart too.

  4. That's a brilliant picture at the top! :-)

  5. I am going to try your engish muffin recipes , everything looks so great,, i try to eat healthy but , i like my tea with something sweet also, the little pleasures of life. in moderation of course :) thanks i can't wait to try them.