Whole Wheat-Honey English Muffins & Giveaway

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by Abby Dodge on October 28, 2012

AND THE WINNER IS>>>Dorothea! I’ve emailed you!!

I had a very different type of post planned for tomorrow. The recipe is the same but, originally, I had wanted to include a conversation about my Mom’s breakfast ritual of English muffins and my hankering for homemade version of her fave. But.. with Hurricane Sandy barreling towards us, I’m not even sure I’ll have electricity come Monday morning so I’ll save my thoughts on the importance of a mother’s influence on a child (It’s the small stuff that makes the most difference) and get you this recipe asap not just because of the giveaway opportunity via my friends at Red Star Yeast but because I think you-who-have-power might just need to make these right now. They are giant-sized, earthy-flavored muffins with just a touch of honey sweetness that toast up perfectly – all the garnish needed is a smear of unsalted butter. My mom would have loved them and I think you will as well..

My friends at Red Star Yeast recently sent me samples of their new yeast “Platinum” and, seriously, the timing could not have been better. I was just about to mix up a batch of these muffins using their Quick-Rise yeast (which I use on a regular basis) so I couldn’t resist their offer to try this new one and, frankly, I was impressed with the results. Along with several batches of these muffins, I made my potato bread and my boule and I noticed the biggest difference with these loaves. English muffins require the traditional double rising method to ensure height and texture but, with the loaves, I followed Red Star recommendations , watched Gesine’s fab video (she really is a dear) and let the dough ‘rest’ only 10 minutes before shaping, rising and baking. Anything that saves time without sacrificing results is brilliant.

Ok.. I’m off to brew a cup a tea and toast up my last muffin before the storm hits. Wishing everyone in harms’ way safety and wellness.

A

ps.. you may be getting a sneak peak at November’s BakeTogether recipe. And there maybe prizes, too… Tune in Monday November 5th for the announcement.

Deets on the Platinum Giveaway from my friends at Red Star Yeast:

One winner will receive: A VIP package that includes samples  + coupons of Platinum yeast, a beautiful cutting board, and chic, black half apron. As an added bonus, the winner of this giveaway, chosen via random.org , will also be entered into a grand prize drawing for a ‘Platinum’ KitchenAid Mixer courtesy of Red Star Yeast.. who doesn’t love that?

To Enter: You have FIVE chances to win. Leave up to FIVE separate comments on this post telling me about your biggest baking fears. Really, I want to know.

The Giveaway begins October 29, 2012 and comments will close at midnight EST on Sunday November 4, 2012 .Open to US  and Canada residents only.  The winner will be chosen via Random.org and I will notify you by email on Monday, November 5, 2012. You’ll have 24 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.  Prizes are provided and shipped by Red Star Yeast. Grand prize drawing will be held on November 12, 2012 and you will be contacted by Red Star Yeast if you are the winner.

Disclaimer: My friends at Red Star Yeast sent me samples of Platinum yeast for testing purposes, a platinum package  (described above) and sponsored this post but my opinions, as always, are 100% my own. I would never steer you wrong.