Success is not final, failure is not fatal - it is the courage to continue that counts.
- Sir Winston Churchill

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Snow day...

Well the whole snow day thing was really joke. We got some, but nothing bad enough to warrant staying home from school and work.
Of course the girls enjoyed their day off and they did spend a lot of time outside playing in our little bit of snow.
While they played outside, I "played" in the kitchen. I found a recipe for sourdough English muffins at Throwback at trapper creek and since we always have sourdough starter in the fridge I thought I'd give them a try.
This is the dough after mixing it at night and before rising.
Unser "Schneetag" war ein absoluter Witz. Es hat zwar immer wieder etwas geschneit, aber es bestand wirklich kein Grund von der Arbeit und Schule zuhause zu bleiben. Meinen Damen hat es natuerlich gefallen daheim zu sein, sie waren auch sehr viel draussen und haben in unserem bisschen Schnee gespielt. Waehrend sie draussen gespielt haben, habe ich in der Kueche "gespielt", mal wieder ein neues Rezept ausprobiert. Hier heissen sie English muffins, wie das in deutsch heissen wuerde, weiss ich leider nicht. Ist ein Sauerteig Rezept, war sehr leicht und hat auch allen geschmeckt. So sah der Teig am Abend aus bevor ich ihn ueber Nacht aufgehen lassen habe.
After mixing in the last cup of flour.
Am naechsten Tag als ich das letzte bisschen Mehl reingeknetet hatte.
Cooking the muffins in the cast iron pan was a bit trial and error. The first batch was charred and needed to be thrown out.
Die Muffins werden in der gusseisernen Pfanne auf dem Herd gekocht. Hat ein bissl gedauert bevor ich den Trick raus hatte. Die ersten waren total verkokelt...
The recipe made a lot of muffins, but everybody (especially Hannah) loved them. She had several before we even sat down for dinner.
Das Rezept hat sehr viele Muffins ergeben, aber sie haben uns allen (vor allem Hannah) sehr gut geschmeckt. Sie hat etliche vor dem Essen verdrueckt...
We had ham and beans with the muffins and it was delicious. Just right on our snowy day...
Unser Essen bestand aus Schinken, braunen Bohnen und den Muffins. War genau richtig fuer unseren "Schneetag".
I always have some yarn left over when I knit socks. This time I made a potholder out of it.
Immer wenn ich Socken stricke habe ich Wolle uebrig. Dieses mal habe ich daraus einen Topflappen gemacht.
Sourdough English Muffins

1 cup starter
2 tbs honey
2 cups warm milk
5 cups flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp salt
Combine starter, honey, milk and 4 cups flour in glass bowl. (I didn't have one large enough so I used a plastic bowl.) Let rise in warm place overnight. Mine was in the oven, covered with a towel.
The next day stir down and add soda and salt. On a board or work surface knead in remaining 1 cup of flour for about 5 minutes. Work in enough flour to make dough smooth.
Roll dough to about 1/2 inch and cut with biscuit cutter.
Sprinkle wax paper (on cookie sheet) with cornmeal, add muffins and sprinkle tops with cornmeal. Cover, let rise for about 30 minutes.
Heat griddle for about 5 minutes and then cook muffins for 4 - 5 minutes per side, turning once.


  1. Love the potholder!! The food looks good!

  2. Yummy, dinner sounds warm and for the soul on a cold winter day. We had another couple inches of snow here...just enough to keep things white and beautiful.

    I need to start another sourdough starter....cause I love homemade English muffins!

    Have a great weekend. Thanks again for the turken scarves...what a hoot!!

  3. I couldn't agree more on the snow thing being a joke! It was here too in the Atlanta area. We got this big hype of snow, and then nothing except a little sleet, a little ice, and a little dusting. At least you made some good food for the day! I would love to have a sour dough starter, do you have a recipe for it? I know I could probably find one, but it's always better with a tried and true!
    That's a good idea for the pot holder too. Great gifts!

  4. I am new at blogging but I noticed your comment on my mom's blog (Ulrike) and decided to check yours out. Your muffins look great and the beans look delicious as well! It is just right for a day like today.

  5. are always so wonderfully domestic! I love it. Now, for the muffins, I'm curious, did you use something to hold their shape? I remember seeing Alton Brown using metal rings to make english muffins. Would love the pattern for the potholder! love it!

    We have a foot of snow and the schools were still in session.

  6. Jayme the muffins were cut out with a glass (you could use a biscuit cutter) and they really hold their shape well. If you go to the throwback at trapper creek blog, she explains it in detail. The potholder is pretty easy to make. I'll have to try and post a tutorial soon. The color in the potholder is because of the yarn, it is dyed that way...

  7. Hhmmm, das sieht aber lecker aus. Leider ist Kochen und Backen nicht gerade mein Hobby.
    Hab einen schönen Sonntag und sei ganz lieb gegrüßt, Petra

  8. Boah! ich habe erst vor ein paar Wochen 2 Wochen bei meiner Schwester in Canada verbracht. Ich liebe diese Englisch Muffins!!!!! Kannst du mir das Rezept eindeutschen. Bitte! Bitte!

    lg michi