Eggs Benedict (Part I): English Muffins 
Eggs Benedict (Part I): English Muffins
by CIA / Scott Swartz
Video Lecture 1 of 36
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Date Added: May 18, 2009

Lecture Description

In this video, CIA Chef Scott Swartz demonstrates how to make English Muffins for Eggs Benedict. He gives this recipe:

Eggs Benedict

When poaching eggs, use the freshest eggs possible. Fresh eggs produce a centered yolk, compact white, and clean edge when cooked. The poaching liquid should be about three inches deep, at a gentle simmer, and it should contain a small amount of salt and vinegar to firm the egg proteins and to prevent the whites from separating.


English Muffins


Makes 12 servings

- 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 cup water, warmed to 110°F
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup cornmeal, or as needed
- Oil or solid vegetable shortening, as needed


1. Place the yeast and warm water in the bowl of a mixer and stir to completely dissolve. Let the yeast proof until foamy, about 5 minutes. Add the flour, butter, sugar, and salt to the yeast mixture. Mix ingredients together on low speed using the dough hook until all ingredients are blended, about 2 minutes.

2. Increase the speed to medium-high and mix until the dough is smooth, another 5 minutes.

3. Shape the dough into a ball and place it into a lightly greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 2 hours. Fold the dough gently over on itself in three or four places and turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface.

4. Divide dough into 12 equal pieces. Shape into rounds and place on sheet pans that have been heavily dusted with cornmeal. Turn each muffin over to coat both sides with cornmeal. Cover and let rise until slightly risen, about 30 minutes.

5. Preheat a griddle over medium heat and brush lightly with oil or shortening. Cook the English muffins until lightly brown on the bottom, about 5 minutes. Turn the muffins over and cook until golden brown, another 5 minutes.

6. Split the English muffins by pulling them apart with a table fork. Toast them just before serving. Serve very hot.

Nutrition analysis per one-ounce serving: 120 calories, 3g protein, 18g carbohydrate, 3.5g fat, 200mg sodium, 5mg cholesterol, less than 1g fiber.

Course Index

Course Description

In this course, CIA Chefs Scott Swartz and Stephane Weber demonstrate how to make delicious and traditional food such as English Muffins, Eggs Benedict, Spring Cupcakes, Irish Soda Bread, Ginger Bread Houses, Pumpkin Carving, Roasting Pumpkin Seeds, Crawfish Etouffee, Baked Apples, Salade Nicoise, Baja Fish Tacos, Thai Pea Soup, Maple Syrup Baked Beans, Indian Pudding, Turkey Pot Pie, Salt Cod Cakes and many more.

The original name for this course is: Culinary Intelligence from the CIA. This course has 36 video lessons on Culinary with Chef Scott Swartz and Chef Stephane Weber.


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