When You Crave Pizza, Make Fast And Straightforward English Muffin Pizzas

Georgann Dolfay

People tend to take English muffins for granted.  They are the bread component in a amount of breakfast sandwiches such as the legendary Egg McMuffin and the typical Eggs Benedict.  To some, an English muffin is just one more piece of bread, but for English muffin fans, they are so considerably a lot more. I have a Chilean good friend who would pretty much carry a suitcase comprehensive of her favored English muffins again to Santiago every time she visited the United States.

Like so many folks, I grew up eating English muffins, and I nevertheless really like them. For those who really do not know, English muffins are commonly regarded as indigenous to the Usa and called English muffins to distinguish them from the sweet brief-bread design and style muffins like blueberry and pumpkin muffins that are so well-known here.  

It is believed that Samuel Tub Thomas, who emigrated to NYC from Plymouth, England, baked English muffins for his bakery using his mother’s recipe. His English muffins were so well-liked that he started advertising them to hotels and grocery retailers and ultimately established Thomas’ English Muffins. His bakery was open by 1880 and in a 1926 Trademark filing, he claimed that he used the time period “English muffin” as early as 1884.

In the meantime, in Kansas City, Mo, a corner grocery store opened in 1910 and started baking their edition of super-thick English muffins using tuna cans as the molds. The corner retail store became Wolferman’s Bakery and was regarded for its tremendous-top quality English muffins. They are nevertheless manufactured to this working day making use of the first recipe and are baked in the initial tremendous-thick dimension, as very well as a scaled-down conventional dimension and a mini muffin. Now the muffins appear in quite a few flavors together with the 1910 Initial, Sourdough, Cranberry Citrus and Cinnamon Raisin, are bought on the net and shipped nationwide.

For English muffin aficionados, it is important to break up the muffin with a fork supplying just about every side a rough texture crammed with “nooks and crannies.” By the way, Thomas’ English muffin claims to be the unique ‘Nooks & Crannies English Muffin’ but it has develop into a generally utilised time period. Following the muffin is toasted, it is typically served with butter, jam and/or honey. But for me, the ideal way to make an English muffin is to butter it ahead of toasting it.  Since the butter bakes and bubbles as the bread toasts, you get this delectable scorching butter baked-in English muffin that tastes much more buttery and a bit caramelized than a toasted English muffin distribute with butter. 

But it wasn’t just for breakfast in my spouse and children. It was also lunch or an afternoon snack in the form of an English muffin pizza. I had virtually forgotten about English muffin pizzas till I was traveling to with a couple of childhood pals who mentioned that when they were little ones, they cherished to come to my residence following school simply because my mom would make English muffin pizzas for a snack. That made me realize that it was time to re-pay a visit to English muffin pizzas.

When I rediscovered my really like of English muffin pizzas, I rediscovered Wolferman’s English muffins. They are a great alternative for the crust simply because they are thick adequate to keep up to the sauce and toppings. 

I really like making the pizzas with the conventional dimensions and the mini English muffins. I preserve the original  Super-Thick English muffin for breakfast or as a “bun” for burgers or other considerable sandwiches. The unique tremendous-thick size comes in 12 flavors. The cornmeal is my beloved and specifically great for sandwiches, but there is a taste for anyone.

When assembling my pizzas, I toast the split muffins initially to clear away any excess moisture and make the “crust” a minimal crisp right before topping them and baking them at 400°F. They are specifically suited for a toaster oven, but a frequent oven will work as nicely. 

Now that my palate is a minor older and much more refined, I prime them like I prime any pizza with crushed San Marzano tomatoes, salt, pepper, cherry tomatoes, Parmesan and mozzarella cheese, and basil. At times, I increase some sautéed mushrooms and pepperoni, but my preferred edition is the straightforward margarita on an English muffin. 

English Muffin Margarita Pizza

I frequently have all the substances on-hand, producing these pizzas a welcome selection for lunch or evening meal, and the mini Margarita pizzas are a large strike as appetizers with beverages. The recipe under is for 1 typical English muffin and tends to make 2 English muffin pizzas. The amounts can be elevated the additional you make. If you use the mini English muffins to make appetizers, use just adequate toppings to include the muffin.

Would make 1 serving

1          Wolferman’s 1910 Original or Sourdough English muffin

1-2       tablespoons San Marzano crushed tomatoes

            Pinch of dried oregano

1          tablespoon grated Parmesan Reggiano cheese

Pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

4-5       cherry tomatoes, lower in fifty percent (optional)

½         cup grated or sliced mozzarella

            Sprig of refreshing basil

Preheat toaster oven or normal oven to 400°F. 

Break up the English muffin with a fork.  Toast until lightly brown.  Remove from toaster oven.

Area on the toaster-oven sheet pan or typical sheet pan that is lined with a piece of parchment paper. Major every side with a spoonful of crushed tomatoes and spread from conclude-to conclusion. Never place way too much on or it will be soggy.  

Time with dried oregano and sprinkle all above with grated parmesan. Time lightly with salt and pepper as the two cheeses are salty. 

Best with mozzarella and spot in toaster oven or typical oven for about 10 minutes or right until the cheese is bubbly and melted.  

Major with a sprig of fresh basil and take pleasure in!

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