English Muffins Recipe

English Muffins

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm (not hot) water (110 deg F)
  • 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • corn meal and oil as needed

How to make English Muffins


  1. The truth about English Muffins is that they are more technique than recipe. Any 1 loaf bread recipe will make eight muffins. Just make the dough on the wet side and over knead it. The recipe that I used for this photo is listed above.

  2. Proof the yeast with the water for 15 minutes and then place all of the ingredients in the food processor. Mix and knead the dough in the food processor (about 3-4 mins) until it is very stringy. The dough will be almost batter. Turn it out in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover the bowl with a plate and put it in the fridge overnight. In the morning, punch down the dough and knead with wet hands. You want to over knead this dough and make it wet in order to give it the chewy texture that English Muffins are supposed to have. Continually wet your hands until the dough is very sticky. Divide this sticky dough into eight globs.

  3. As best you can, form the wet globs into disks and lay them out on a clean surface dusted with cornmeal or flour so that they don't stick. Let them sit until they have doubled. (my dough was pretty cold so it took about 1 hour).

  4. Carefully without deflating the dough, transfer the disks to a preheated, dry, heavy skillet or frying pan. The frying pan should be set lower than you would for pancakes. Turn each muffin after five minutes - 10 minutes on each side - approx 20 minutes total cooking time. If they cook too fast they will taste flat and doughy!

  5. Split the muffins by poking all around the edge with a fork and then pulling it apart on the last poke. You can toast them if you want, but they are great warm from the pan.

  • Sinbad
    Sinbad says

    I love, love, LOVE English muffins! Can't wait to try this out.

  • Unboundset
    Unboundset says

    Me too Sinbad. Sponges for butter!

  • reinarama
    reinarama says

    so cool

  • theory
    theory says

    I love this recipe and rachel's crumpets because we have all grown up being as familiar with them as bread, but until now would have had no idea how to make. Kudos.

  • Unboundset
    Unboundset says

    Hi Theory, I've been wanting to try your fish and chips, but I don't have a lot of experience deep frying and I'm afraid I'll end up lighting the house on fire.

  • chakars
    chakars says

    have to try this. have always wanted to find a damned recipe for a crumpet. Thank you

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