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Homemade English Muffins

Homemade English Muffins

Delicious Homemade English Muffins

You all know  how much better homemade is than store bought.  Sometimes, homemade is difficult.  Not the case here. These homemade English muffins are easy to make and so worth the little bit of extra effort.Homemade English Muffins. So easy to make and totally delicious!

English muffins are a yeast dough.  However, they aren’t baked, they are cooked on a hot griddle.  I used a cast iron skillet.  You want your pan hot, but not too hot.  Finding the perfect temperature is probably the most difficult part of making English muffins.  Too hot, the outside will cook too fast.  Not hot enough…the outside will become crusty and it will take a while to cook.Homemade English Muffins cooling on a baking rack.

The second hardest part is waiting for the muffins to cool…. I always want to dig right into fresh bread.  Okay, so you can eat these right away, but if you want to split them and then toast them, you really need to wait for them to cool.  If you try to split them when they are warm, they will be a bit mushy.  When they have cooled, you want to split with a fork – not a knife!  A fork allows a uneven, craggy surface.  This is what you want to hold melted butter or homemade jam.  Hold your English muffin and poke a fork all around the middle.  Then carefully pull apart.  Ahhhhhh…..perfection is what waits inside that muffin!

English Muffins

Fork Split English Muffin

To make these muffins, you start with a basic yeast dough.  After the first rise, you shape into rounds and flatten.  I placed my rounds onto a baking sheet sprinkled with corn meal.  You could also use flour.  You want enough so it won’t stick to the pan so you can easily lift the muffin after the second rise.

The muffins then go onto a preheated skillet.  I flipped after 4-5 minutes when they started to brown.  Once flipped, I pushed the muffins down slightly with a spatula.  This helped shape the muffins.  I kept flipping every 5 minutes until they felt done.  This is not a precise method…but it worked.  Mine took between 12-15 minutes.  Cooking times depend on the temperature of your pan and size of your muffins.

Dough cooking on a cast iron skillet.

Homemade raspberry jam on homemade English Muffins!

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Homemade English Muffins
Prep Time
1 hr 20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
1 hr 35 mins
 

English Muffins

Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: English Muffins, Homemade English Muffins, How to make English Muffins
Servings: 18 muffins
Calories: 49 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Milk Warmed
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast or 1 package yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 1/2 - 6 cups flour
  • corn meal for dusting
Instructions
  1. In a stand mixer, combine milk, yeast and sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes until bubbly.
  2. Stir in butter, eggs, salt.
  3. Add flour, 1 cup at a time.
  4. Continue adding flour until dough comes together. You might not add the full amount of flour. This dough will be a bit stickier than most doughs.
  5. Knead for 5 minutes with machine.
  6. Place dough in a large, greased bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled.
  7. Divide dough into 18 pieces. Form into balls, and flatten. Place on a baking sheet sprinkled with corn meal.
  8. Let rise for 20-30 minutes.
  9. Preheat a cast iron skillet. Cook muffins 10-15 minutes until done. Flip muffins as needed during cooking to avoid burning.
  10. Let cool on a wire rack.
  11. Once cool, split muffins with a fork.
Recipe Notes

1. This dough is wetter and stickier than most yeast doughs.
2. Use a paddle hook to mix, rather than a dough hook.
3. Use corn meal, semolina flour, or flour on pan to help prevent sticking.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade English Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 49 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 164mg 7%
Potassium 50mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Sugars 2g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 2.5%
Calcium 3.1%
Iron 0.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe adapted from King Arthur

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21 Comments

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    November 11, 2015 at 7:24 am

    Kathy I love good english muffins for breakfast especially on weekends! These look perfect!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 11, 2015 at 9:53 pm

      These are perfect for a weekend breakfast!

  • Reply
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    November 11, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Heck yes to homemade english muffins!! These look fabulous my dear! Nooks and crannies in all the right places! 😉 Cheers!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 11, 2015 at 9:53 pm

      Thanks, Cheyanne!

  • Reply
    Kathleen | Hapa Nom Nom
    November 11, 2015 at 10:54 am

    I LOVE English muffins! My mother used to toast them and put a few slices of cheese on them for us before shoving off to school. To this day, I still love them just like that 🙂 I have though, never made them myself! I had no idea they weren’t baked and they were so easy to make! I definitely gotta give these a try!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 11, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      That sounds like the perfect portable breakfast meal!

  • Reply
    Kristine | Kristine's Kitchen
    November 11, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try making homemade english muffins for so long, and you’ve convinced me that I just need to do it! You make these sound SO easy!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 11, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      They were fun to make too! And then there’s the bonus of them being delicious to eat!

  • Reply
    Cailee August
    November 11, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Oh my word!! YUM!! These look amazing!! My mum LOVES english muffins and would love these…sadly I’m gluten intolerant… otherwise I’d gobble them up myself!! Lovely recipe!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 11, 2015 at 9:49 pm

      Better make some for you mum!

  • Reply
    Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    November 11, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Kathy, these look absolutely fabulous! My 5-year-old is peering over my shoulder (ok munching on Halloween candy) and still thinks your muffins look yummy. And said so! She’s a tough critic too, lemme tell ya! I love the craggy surface and crinkly taste of English muffins and have never even considered making my own. I should! Or just pop over to your place to munch on them. Just kidding! Ok, not really.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 11, 2015 at 9:49 pm

      I love your 5 year old! And she obviously has fabulous taste!

  • Reply
    Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    November 12, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Wow – those looks so great, Kathy! I’ve always wanted to make English muffins but never got around to it – will have to try them soon.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 12, 2015 at 9:32 pm

      No reason to wait any longer! Give them a try!

  • Reply
    Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    November 13, 2015 at 6:21 am

    What a beautiful looking breakfast, Kathy. English muffins look super yummy!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 13, 2015 at 6:48 am

      They are super yummy!

  • Reply
    Meghan | Fox and Briar
    November 13, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Oh, yum! I love english muffins! I am dreaming of a toasty, buttery english muffin right now. I have only made them once and I think I messed them up by dumping too much salt in. It was a tragedy! These look fantastic!

  • Reply
    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    November 13, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Gosh, it looks like there is a real technique to making these muffins- you have to be a real ‘flip artist’! That jam looks great- I think I’ll add a dollop of whipped cream on top!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 13, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      Whipped cream! Now that would take it to a whole new level!

  • Reply
    Trish
    October 1, 2016 at 6:48 am

    I just might make these with my famous biscuit and gravy recipe!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 1, 2016 at 9:06 am

      Just think how impressed your boys will be!

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