See below ingredients and instructions of the recipe
1 lb All-purpose or bread flour 1 ts Sugar
1 ts Salt 8 fl Warm milk and water
1 1/2 tb Dry yeast 2 oz Butter, melted
(Note: Over here, and in England, these are just called "muffins", and are
the ones in the song about the Muffin Man who lives in Drury Lane. They did
actually sell them door-to-door every morning in London until the turn of
the century or thereabouts.) . Sift the flour and salt into a bowl and
leave in a warm place. Dissolve the yeast and sugar in 1/4 pt of the warm
milk and water. Leave to froth, then mix in the fat. Stir all the liquid
into the warm flour and beat well until smooth and elastic. Cover and prove
in a warm place for 50 minutes or until doubled in bulk. Turn onto a
well-floured board and knead, working a little more flour if necessary to
make the dough easier to shape. Round up the dough, roll into a thick
sausage shape and (using the sharpest knife you have) slice into 8 to 10
portions, each about 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 inch thick. Shape each one into a round
with straight sides. Put onto a greased baking sheet.
Cover (I use greased plastic wrap) and put in a warm place to prove for
30-40 minutes or until springy to the touch. Leave room for expansion and
be careful not to over-prove, as the muffins will get flabby and lose their
shape. Warm and grease the bakestone lightly.
Lift the muffins carefully onto the bakestone and cook over very moderate
heat for 8-10 minutes until pale gold underneath. Turn and cook the other
Wrap in a cloth and keep warm if cooking in batches.
To serve, insert a knife in the side, pull the top and bottom slightly
apart, and insert slivers of butter. . These are strongly recommended. The
taste of them hot off the bakestone, griddle or frying pan makes Thomas's
look very poor indeed by comparison.