Wednesday Baking | Homemade English Muffins (2024)

I showed you all my English Muffins in my What I’ve Been Up To post and a LOT of you asked for the recipe. Fortunately for you, I was already planning on posting the recipe, so I’ve got pictures in hand. Or rather, on my hard drive. 😉

English Muffins aren’t actually English…they just got their name because they resemble crumpets, which are indeed from England (I know this tidbit because I read way too many baking cookbooks as a teenager. I lived a wild life in those years. 😉 ).

But, they are yummy nonetheless, and it’s kind of fun to make these at home. Homemade English muffins are even more unusual than other types of homemade bread, so if you can manage to get your English-muffin-making skills down pat, you can handily impress your friends and family. 😉

The dough is really not that much different than most bread doughs…it’s the cooking method that’s odd. These are cooked on a griddle or in a dry frying pan, which means that you don’t have to turn on your oven (which is just about perfect at this time of year).

To start, dissolve the yeast in a cup of warm water.

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Then heat the milk, sugar, salt, and butter to 110 degrees F. This is cooler than the temperature required for most of the recipes I use, and that’s because we’re adding the warm liquids to the dissolved yeast instead of to a yeast/flour combo.

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Add the warm liquids to the yeast mixture along with 3 cups of flour. Beat for 3 minutes on medium speed (or mix well by hand). The dough will be more like batter at this point.

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Add enough flour to make a soft dough (don’t add too much flour…err on the soft side!). Turn it out onto a floured surface,

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and knead for 3-5 minutes, or dough is smooth and elastic.

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Place the dough into a bowl (I usually just put it back into the messy mixing bowl and call it good.), cover it with a wet tea towel, and let it rise for an hour.

Punch the dough down, and divide it into half. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes or so. This will relax the gluten in the flour and will make the dough much easier to roll out.

Sprinkle your counter generously with cornmeal. Place each dough half on the cornmeal and roll or pat it out into a 1/2 inch thickness.

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Now you’ll need a biscuit cutter or something similar.

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Dip it into flour, and use it to cut rounds out of the dough. I dip it into the flour between each cut. Place the cut muffins onto an ungreased baking sheet. Do. Not. grease the pan. It’ll bring you grief later if you do.

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When you’re finished cutting out the rounds, you’ll be left with some scraps.

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Shake them off, and combine them together to form a ball. Let the ball rest for a few minutes to relax the gluten and then pat out the scrap ball to make more muffins. Your very last muffin will probably look all gnarly like this, but it’ll be ok.
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Cover your pans of muffins with a dry tea towel. Normally I use wet tea towels to cover dough, but if you use a wet one for English muffins, it’ll be really, really hard to transfer them to the griddle. You want to keep them dry. Let the muffins rise for 30 minutes.

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Heat a skillet or griddle to medium hot. Before I got my awesome electric griddle, I used to use multiple skillets on the stove. An electric griddle is SO much easier, though.

Gently place the muffins, cornmeal side down to the griddle. This will not be an impossible task as long as you’ve (1) covered your counter with cornmeal before rolling the dough out, (2) have not greased the cookie sheet and (3) have not covered them with a wet tea towel. Trust me, skipping those 3 steps will make the transferring stage an exercise in frustration.

Cook the muffins for about 10 minutes on the first side and then flip them over and cook them for another 10 minutes on the reverse side.

The first side will look more flat, like this.

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And the second side will have a nice brown circle.

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Cool the muffins on a wire rack. To serve, you’ll want to split them in half. Simply take a fork and insert it into the side of the muffin, repeating all the way around the muffin.

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Here’s what the inside should look like.

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Of course, English muffins are not meant to be eaten all pale like that. You really should toast them first. When I’m serving these to our whole family, I like to place them on a baking sheet and put them under the broiler, as that’s a much faster way to toast multiple muffins.

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If you prefer flavored English muffins, you can replace some white flour with whole wheat flour, or you can add a teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/2 cup of raisins.

Store any leftover muffins in a plastic bag for no more than a day or two. Since the dough has very little fat and sugar (those are preservatives), the muffins will not stay fresh for longer than that, so freeze them if you’re not going to use them up quickly.

Homemade English Muffins
printable English Muffin recipe

Printable English Muffins with step-by-step photos (thanks, Zaheen!)

1 cup warm water (105 F)
1 pkg (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons butter
5-6 cups all purpose flour

Dissolve yeast in warm water in a mixing bowl. Combine milk, sugar, salt, and butter, and heat to 110 F. Add to yeast mixture along with 3 cups flour. Beat for 3 minutes. Add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough and turn out onto floured surface. Knead for 3-5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Place in a bowl, cover with a wet tea towel, and let rise 1 hour.

Punch dough down, and divide in half. Let dough rest for 10 minutes. On a surface generously sprinkled with cornmeal, pat or roll dough to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into circles with a floured 3-inch biscuit cutter. Place circles onto ungreased baking sheet. Cover with a dry tea towel and let rise 30 minutes.

Place risen muffins gently onto a medium-hot griddle or skillet and cook for 10 minutes on each side. Cool on a wire rack. Split with a fork and toast before serving.

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FAQs

What is the best selling English muffin? ›

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#1English Muffins, Light, Multi Grain Thomas'1 muffin
#2English Muffins, The Original Thomas'1 muffin
#3English Muffins, 100% Whole Wheat Thomas'1 muffin
#4English Muffins, Cinnamon Raisin Thomas'1 muffin
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What makes English muffin dough rise and gives it all those crooks and crannies? ›

The recipe starts out with normal, all-purpose flour and utilizes both yeast and baking powder to make the dough rise. The baking powder creates the signature nooks and crannies of a muffin, though these often rise to the top, leaving more solid dough on the bottom half.

Why are Thomas English muffins so much better? ›

The distinctive taste, texture and flavor of Thomas' English Muffins come from griddle baking. This process, unchanged since day one, uses quality ingredients to create our distinctively coarse-grained, yeast-raised dough. They are split, not sliced, to preserve their unique, toast-up-perfectly texture.

What is the healthiest English muffin to eat? ›

Ideally, choose whole wheat varieties whenever possible, as they provide a higher amount of fiber than English muffins made with refined flour ( 1 , 13 ). To help maximize the nutritional value, it's best to opt for toppings that are rich in protein, fiber, vitamins, or minerals.

Is it OK to eat an English muffin everyday? ›

An English muffin isn't healthy on its own as it does not provide a balanced meal by itself, but it can still be part of a healthy diet. English muffins can be rich in fiber and several important nutrients, such as selenium, manganese, and B vitamins.

Does McDonald's use English muffins? ›

McDonald's Egg McMuffin® recipe features a freshly cracked Grade A egg placed on a toasted English Muffin topped with real butter, lean Canadian bacon, and melty American cheese. There are 310 calories in an Egg McMuffin® from McDonald's.

What's on the bottom of English muffins? ›

The small white particles on the bottom of Thomas'® English Muffins are farina. Farina is a cereal food, frequently described as mild-tasting, usually served warm, made from cereal grains. This is used to prevent the doughball from sticking to the oven plate and also to give the product its unique taste.

How do British people eat English muffins? ›

It is generally split horizontally and served toasted. In North America, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, it is frequently eaten with sweet or savoury toppings such as butter, fruit jam, honey, eggs, sausage, bacon, or cheese.

Why do English muffins taste sour? ›

Second, reducing the flour helps to gives the English muffins their characteristic, subtle savory/sour/tangy flavor. A good recipe must have this flavor (which traditional bread does not).

Why aren't my English muffins airy? ›

A firm, dry dough will not produce an airy center. Avoid using ALL whole wheat flour because you may end up with bread hockey pucks.

Why are English muffins so hard to toast? ›

If the structure is dense, the English muffin will be too “bready” and heavy and won't crisp well in the toaster.

What is the most popular muffin? ›

Blueberry muffins are probably the single most popular muffin of all time. They are like the Beyonce of muffins. And this recipe is called "To Die For" for a reason. Generously sized with a little bit of crunch in the sugary topping, these are the blueberry ideal.

What brand of English muffin does McDonald's use? ›

In the early 1970s, McDonald's introduced the highly successful Egg McMuffin - a delicious Canadian-style bacon, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich on a toasted BAYS® English Muffin. Today, BAYS® English Muffins maintain their standard of excellence by using the original Bay family recipe.

What is the most popular muffin mix? ›

Blueberry muffins are the most popular muffin flavor in America. Blueberry Muffin Mix eliminates some of the guesswork and makes the time from muffin mix to warm muffin very quick.

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