Homemade English Muffins

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Homemade English Muffins are full of nooks and crannies to cradle your favorite jelly, butter, or jam. Make extras to freeze for later!

My family is so wild for Homemade English Muffins that I’ve learned to double, and sometimes triple my recipe so we always have some on hand. They freeze beautifully, which means I usually have a couple of dozen stashed away for lazy mornings or sudden Eggs Benedict cravings.

How to Make Homemade English Muffins

Homemade English Muffins

Equipment

It’s easy enough to mix a single batch of homemade English muffins by hand using a big wooden spoon and bowl.

If you have a bread machine, add the ingredients in the order specified by your machine and set it to the “Dough” setting. Be sure to stick around so you can pull the dough out after the first rise. (If you’ve lost the instructions to your machine, it’s usually safe to add all of the liquid ingredients first, then the dry ingredients, saving the yeast for the last.)

If you plan to make a double or triple batch, though, I strongly encourage you to use a stand mixer.

Homemade English Muffins - Use them in a variety of recipes

Ways to Use English Muffins

Of course, you don’t have to eat English muffins on their own. They’re delicious in a variety of recipes:

Breakfast sandwiches: Slide a homemade sausage patty, a fried or scrambled egg, and a slice of cheese onto a muffin for breakfast you can eat on the go.

French Toast: Dip them in a batter of beaten egg, a splash of milk, and a pinch of sugar then fry both sides in butter until golden. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and add syrup. Yum!

Cinnamon Sugar Toast: Pop a homemade English muffin in the toaster while mixing 1 tsp. of ground cinnamon and 2 tsp. of white sugar. Slather the toasted muffin with butter and sprinkle on the sweet.

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Mini-pizzas: Top homemade English muffin halves with pizza sauce, your favorite toppings, and grated mozzarella cheese. Bake in a 375°F oven until the cheese bubbles and enjoy.

Eggs Benedict: Start with an egg poached in the microwave and top with hollandaise sauce. I like poached eggs on English muffins topped with salsa and cheese sometimes, too.

The Extra Step that Makes English Muffins Different

You’ll notice as you read the recipe that there’s an unusual step involved in making homemade English muffins. Most bread recipes go from the second rise straight into the oven. Not this one.

English muffins are unique in that they’re first cooked on a griddle (or skillet) for a few minutes before going into the oven. That’s what creates those airy nooks and crannies which make English muffins so different from American biscuits.

Homemade English Muffins on griddle from HousewifeHowTos

( Sorry for the bad photo – I was too lazy to get my camera out.)

And the taste? Honest. No, I mean that: there’s just something very honest and humble about homemade English muffins.

From the smell of the bread baking to the crunch as you bite into a perfectly split, toasted muffin smeared with butter, this is what breakfast was meant to be. Comforting. Filling. Wholesome. Delicious.

Enjoy!

Homemade English Muffins

All the nooks and crannies you love with a delicious, homemade flavor!
Print Recipe
Homemade English Muffins
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:25 mins
Total Time:55 mins

Equipment

  • Stand Mixer
  • Large skillet or griddle
  • Spatula
  • Baking sheets with cooling racks

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour or equal amounts whole wheat and all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon dry yeast
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal divided

Instructions

  • Lightly grease two baking sheets and sprinkle them with half of the cornmeal. 
  • Combine flour, salt, baking soda and yeast in a medium bowl.
  • In a small saucepan, heat the milk slowly. Stir in the honey and butter and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the butter is melted. Be sure you don't scorch the milk or the recipe won't rise properly.
  • Transfer the milk mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer or large bowl. Add the egg and continue mixing until well combined.
  • Add the dry ingredients a little at a time until fully mixed. Continue mixing one more minute.
  • Lightly flour a work surface. Tip the dough onto the prepared surface and gently pat it to a 1-inch thickness. Don't press hard or you'll ruin the nooks and crannies.
  • Using a 3-inch round cookie cutter, press down to cut muffins but don't twist the cutter as you do. Transfer the muffin cutouts to the prepared baking sheets. Reshape dough and continue cutting until all the dough is used. 
  • Cover the baking sheets with a clean kitchen towel and let the muffins rise in a warm, draft-free place for 20 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 325° F. Also preheat a griddle or skillet on the stove over medium-low heat and lightly grease it. Sprinkle the griddle lightly with the remaining cornmeal.
  • Cook the muffins a few at a time, without letting the edges touch, around 2 minutes per side or until lightly golden. Transfer them back to the baking sheets.
  • Bake the browned muffins in 325°F oven for 15 minutes or until fully risen and lightly golden brown. Let them cool on wire rack then pry open with a fork or slice with a serrated knife and enjoy.

Notes

To serve: split muffins by wedging the tines of a fork toward the center of the muffin, working all around the sides.
To store: keep in the refrigerator up to one week, or freeze on baking sheets and store in freezer up to 4 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 225mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2mg
Servings: 16 muffins
Calories: 170kcal
Author: Katie Berry

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8 Comments

  1. Mine turned out like rocks. I used half/half on the whole wheat flour and the white flour. I don’t think there was enough moisture. I used a cup of milk and then had to add a little here and there when I was reforming the dough for cuttings later on.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I’m sorry they didn’t work out for you, Raewyn. Yesterday, after reading your comment, I made another batch for my family and followed the printed version of this recipe to a tee. They came out fine, so I’m at a loss as to why the recipe didn’t work for you.

    2. I think it boils down to be an inexperienced bread (and bread product baker). I’m going to start back at scratch with white flour (which generally has more gluten, not something I like), and then try them again once I’ve got it sussed. It’s possibly something to do with the milk or the temperature that made them flop. They were way too dense, but I believe the recipe is good – it’s just possibly a bit beyond me right now! Thank you for your response.

    3. Is it possible the yeast was old?

    4. It’s possible, but I did check the date and it ‘said’ it was good.

  2. Stephanie says:

    5 stars
    HI, I made these this morning using Rapid/Quick yeast and 3/4 Whole wheat 1/4 White and they are perfect! Thank you. As an American living in Spain, I really missed quality English muffins; these hit the spot!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Hi Stephanie, I’m so glad you enjoyed them! Homemade breads are such a comfort during times like these. Stay well!