English Muffins hydration question

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Here's the formula I have been using:

English Muffins

method: muffin method

Bread flour    900 g    100.00%
Salt                 12 g       1.33%
Baking soda      2 g        0.22%

Water             702 g     78.00%
Sugar              16 g       1.78%
Instant yeast     12 g       1.33%
Milk powder    20 g        2.22%

Corn meal (as needed)

TOTAL:  1663.92 g    184.88%

But, it is too firm a dough.  I'm think I might need more of a batter
consistency and pour them into molds on the stove, rather than form them
into muffins.  Should I simply increase the water?  The formula produced the
correct taste but the air bubbles in the crumb were too small to look like
Thomas' English Muffins.  I'm thinking the batter should be a little thicker
than pancake batter.  What the above formula produces is a very sticky dough
that loses its shape when transfering it from the proofing bench to the
griddle.  With a thinner dough (batter), the holes have a chance to form on
the stove.  BUT I DON'T WANT TO MESS UP ALL THE OTHER RATIOS.  Will simply
adding a little water as needed do the trick or will it totally change the
amount of other ingredients needed?

By the way, I think a little spray oil in the mold will help release the
muffins from the mold but I place the corn meal on the griddle before
pouring the batter into the mold.



Re: English Muffins hydration question
Richard Hollenbeck wrote:
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That's not an English muffin, then. They aren't batter breads.

 >  Should I simply increase the water?  The formula
produced the
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That shouldn't be your standard. That's factory-made bread.
Home made will look different.

 > I'm thinking the batter should be a little thicker
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You're handling it too roughly.

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It will become a different product.

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Look into different recipes.

Pastorio

Re: English Muffins hydration question

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English Muffins require high gluten flour, 12.5% to 13.5% protein. Such
flours should develop the bubble hole pattern you are looking for. Just
adding more water will probably not do it. Regular bread flours have a
protein range of 11% to 12% and all purpose flour has a range of 10% to 11%.
These won't do for proper English Muffins, Bagels, Kaiser Rolls and other
goods requiring high gluten flour.



Re: English Muffins hydration question
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Thanks.  That makes a lot of sense.  Maybe I could just substitute a portion
of the bread flour with some vital wheat gluten to raise the protein level.
I shop at Winco Foods and I didn't see "high gluten flour" there but I DID
see bins full of "vital wheat gluten" which I suppose is even higher in
protein.  Some combination of regular bread flour and vital wheat gluten
could get my flour up to the correct protein level.  Is this not correct?



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