These days cooking is mostly about feeding my family. Nothing too elaborate or intensive but meals that will satisfy and it’s even better if there’s enough for leftovers. Breakfasts are no exception. These whole wheat english muffins do just the trick. I make them on a Sunday afternoon and we enjoy them toasted all week long. Smeared with butter and jam or creamy peanut butter and honey or filled with eggs, cheese and kale… they’ve all been tested and approved!
Making a simple breakfast is one way I can enjoy time with Everett and Josh more. I’ve been reading this really awesome book, Bread and Wine, by Shauna Niequest. I’ve really loved her thoughts on being present with your family and have been challenged to simplify my life in so many ways. Here are a few of her thoughts.
“We have, each one of us, been entrusted with one life, made up of days and hours and minutes. We’re spending them according to our values, whether or not we admit it.”
“I practice being entirely where I am, glamorous or not, and what I find is that it’s better to be in one place, wholly and full-heartedly, than a thousand splintery half pieces, glamorous as they may be.”
I’ll leave you with those few thoughts and a few photos for today!
Here are a few more easy meals that I’ve been making repeatedly for my little family:
Cheesy Baked Quinoa with Chicken and Vegetables
Cauliflower Fried Rice (we add all kinds of veggies to this one)
One Pan Farro with Tomato, Kale and Sausage
Tomato Basil Chicken and Quinoa with Feta
Whole Wheat English Muffin Recipe
- 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 1/4 cups bread flour*
- 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons instant yeast, 1 packet
- 1 3/4 cups buttermilk*
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 egg
- cornmeal for dusting, about a teaspoon or two
- Melt butter over the stove top on low heat. Add honey then gradually add in buttermilk. Remove from heat and set aside
- Mix all dry ingredient in a stand mixer with dough hook attachment. Slowly add in the wet mixture. Combine until a ball forms. Then let the mixer knead the bread for 2 minutes.
- Place kneaded dough in a lightly oiled bowl and let rise, covered for 1 hour.
- Split the ball in half and roll line half out about 1/2 inch thick. Cut with a biscuit cutter or a glass cup. Repeat with second half of the dough Place rounds on a semolina dusted cookie sheet and let rise for another 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- In a non-stick pan, over medium high heat, toast the outsides of the dough for 4 minutes on one side then flip and toast 2 minutes on the other side. This is what gives the muffins their brown exterior.
- After both sides are toasted, place the muffins back on the cookie sheet and bake them for 15 minutes.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature for about a week. To serve, split the muffins in half and toast.
I’ve been waiting for these!! Saw a pic on FB, was it yesterday? I’ve been meaning to make English Muffins, but just haven’t done it. Love that this is a whole wheat version. Thank you for the inspiration!!
These look so yummy! I love English muffins!
Emily, me too!! And they’re really good any meal of the day 🙂
Love those quotes from your book. Thank you so much for sharing!
Annalise, I think you would love all of Shauna Niequists books!
Love Niequist’s books! These look delicious! I’ve been wanting to try to make my own English muffins and you’ve just given me the perfect reason to! 🙂
I just made some that were similar!
I think next time I make them I will try buttermilk – like yours!
Love the picture of your little one in the background! So cute.
yours look lovely!! Aren’t they the perfect weekday morning breakfast?!
Just noticed that the egg isn’t mentioned in the instructions. I added it to the flour before adding the wet mixture.