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Sourdough English Muffins

Homemade Sourdough English Muffins
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time24 mins
Resting Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time54 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 Muffins
Calories: 165kcal
Author: Kathy


English Muffins

  • 2 cups milk warmed
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • ½ cup sourdough starter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 - 6 ½ cups flour

Forming Muffins

  • ¼ corn meal


Make Dough

  • Combine milk, yeast and sugar together in a mixing bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes until bubbly. 
  • Add sourdough starter, butter, eggs, salt and 2 cups of flour. Mix and then continue adding flour ½ cup at a time until dough comes together and forms a ball. You may not use all the flour. 
  • Knead for 10 minutes
  • Put dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Set aside until doubled in size, approximately 1 -2 hours. Rise time varies depending on the temperature of your kitchen.
  • When dough has doubled, gently punch down and form into another ball. Divide dough into 24 pieces. To do this, divide dough into quarters and then each quarter into 6 equal pieces.
  • Form each piece into a ball.  Gently flatten dough so it forms a 4 inch disc. Place dough on a surface covered with corn meal to help avoid sticking to surface.  Allow dough to rise for 30 - 45 minutes.

Cooking Muffins

  • Just before cooking, flatten again so muffin has a flat surface. 
  • Preheat a cast iron skillet or other skillet over medium low heat.  Place 3-4 muffins on hot surface so muffins are not touching. 
  • Cook for 3 minutes per side and flip.  Cook again for 3 minutes and flip again.  Repeat one more time. Total cooking time is approximately 12-15 minutes per muffin. Press muffin down lightly with spatula with each flip. This helps maintain a flat muffin shape and not a rounded shape.
  • Adjust temperature of stove as needed. If muffins burn before 3 minutes, lower heat. 
  • Cool muffins on a baking rack until fully cooled.
  • Repeat with remaining muffins until all muffins are cooked


Tips for making English Muffins

  • Use a cast iron skillet
  • Adjust heat as needed - I have a gas stove with a dial temperature adjuster with numbers 1-10 (1 being the lowest setting) I keep my burner set between 2 and 3. I often adjust throughout the cooking process. 
  • If your burner is too hot, the muffins will cook too quickly on the outside and will not cook on the inside
  • If your burner is too cool, the cooking process will take too long and you will get a very hard crust
  • Flip muffins every 2-3 minutes. Continue flipping until a total cooking time of 12-15 minutes
  • Lightly flatten the muffins with a spatula after every flip
  • Allow muffins to fully cool before splitting and eating


Serving: 1Muffin | Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 112IU | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg