DIY: English Muffins

by Shawnda on February 20, 2013

in Bread,Breakfast,DIY

Homemade English Muffins

“Dough! Are you making dough? I can have some dough?”

The clank of the mixer bowl snapping onto mixer sends The Little running to the kitchen from anywhere inside our fence line. She has always had super Spidey hearing. When she was a newborn, the sound of milk pouring over my cereal downstairs in the kitchen would be enough to wake her from a nap upstairs. Every single time.

Unless we’re talking about cracking eggs or making pizza/bread dough, she’s not overly interested in helping in the kitchen. And this is what it usually looks like when I ask “Do you want to help Mommy measure the flour/cut cookies/do anything else besides eat raw bread dough or crack a couple of eggs?”

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Lately, she’d rather paint or draw. Or wear a princess fairy dress.

It’s like we’re barely related some days :)

But the promise of a pinch or two of bread dough can cut a tantrum short and get my scattered toy mess of a living room picked up in no time. So we’re making a lot of bread lately.

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English muffins are one of those bread things that are plenty easy enough to drop into your cart at the store but are so much more delicious when made at home, you just need to find a couple of hours on a weekend to let the dough rise and then some hands-on shaping and cooking time.

Just be warned – after eating Eggs Benedict or a breakfast sandwich on homemade English muffins, the store-bought variety will never even come close to living up to them. Even when drowned in all that magical Hollandaise sauce.

Need help deciding what to do with all those English muffins? We clearly vote for Eggs Benedict:

Eggs Oscar Eggs Trivette Eggs Benedict Burger King Crab Eggs Benedict Eggs Benedict Chipotle Hollandaise Sauce Buttermilk pancakes Eggs Spin-edict

Or this beauty that’s coming soon to a blog near you:

Homemade English Muffins

English muffins couldn't be easier to make and taste so much better than their store-bought counterpart.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups lukewarm milk
  • 2 1/4 tsp (1 pkg) yeast
  • 3 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • Oil for bowl and hands
  • Cornmeal for pans

Instructions

  1. Place milk in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and sprinkle yeast over top.
  2. Let sit for 10 minutes and then add the butter, salt, sugar, egg, and flour.
  3. Mix on low until the flour is incorporated and then switch to medium and beat for 5 minutes - dough will be very soft and sticky.
  4. Scrape dough out into an oiled bowl and cover, letting rise for ~2 hours.
  5. Keeping your hands well oiled to prevent the dough from sticking, pinch golf ball sized pieces of dough off (2 oz, if you have a kitchen scale), form a ball, and place on a griddle pan that is generously dusted with cornmeal.
  6. Lightly press down on the balls once on the pan (I could fit 8-10 on my griddle and then I put the remainder on a baking sheet to cook in two batches).
  7. Let rest for 20 minutes.
  8. Turn burner or grill to medium low and cook until golden brown, ~12 minutes on each side. (If they brown too quickly, reduce the heat.)
  9. Carefully transfer the second batch to the griddle so as not to deflate them and cook until done.
  10. Let cool completely on a rack before splitting open with a fork.
  11. Muffins will keep fresh on the counter a few days and freeze well.

Notes

Yields: 16 muffins

Slightly adapted from King Arthur Flour

Estimated time: 3 hours

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tracey February 20, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Oh my word, the look on her face is priceless! I’ve been meaning to try your Eggs Benedict recipe forever, this is just the push I need.

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2 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie February 20, 2013 at 3:22 pm

I need to make homemade english muffins again, you’ve reminded me how good they are!

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3 Eva @ Eva Bakes February 20, 2013 at 3:31 pm

I eat (store-bought) English muffins every day. I totally need to make these myself – thanks so much for sharing this!

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4 sami February 20, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Oh my, I do a lot of bread and never thought of making english muffins. Thanks for the push…these will be in my kitchen some time this weekend.

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5 Rilla Z February 20, 2013 at 3:52 pm

This recipe is what I needed! Last week I was watching Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple (Joan Hickson) At Bertram’s Hotel and Miss Marple was going crazy over the fantastic seed cake and English muffins–everything a proper English tea should be, she said. I paused the video and went on a hunt for recipes for a “proper English tea.” I’ve been hungry ever since. Thank you!

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6 Jess February 20, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Pouring cereal would wake her up!? Amazing! These look so delicious, but I never thought to make them myself. You’re right that I think we sometimes just get in the habit of dropping things in our shopping cart, but there’s nothing like bread you make yourself.

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7 Joanne February 20, 2013 at 7:13 pm

I buy an absurd amount of English muffins since I eat one EVERY DAY for breakfast…and really I should be making them myself and saving money. And smothering them with hollandaise sauce. Maybe not EVERY day. But most days.

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8 Maeghan February 21, 2013 at 6:47 am

We’re on the same wavelength lately! I just pulled the Bouchon recipe and am planning on making some of these this weekend. These look great, I’m happy with just a dab of butter on them.

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9 Ida D. February 21, 2013 at 7:47 am

I am making these this weekend! My daughter loves english muffins. One question, do we use salted or unsalted butter? Thank you so much.

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10 Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are} February 21, 2013 at 11:07 am

I’ve never made homemade English muffins, but our family loves them for egg sandwiches on the weekend. This looks like something we’re going to have to add to our baking list! And my little girl only comes running when there is the word “cookie” in front of the word “dough”! ;)

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11 sarah k @ the pajama chef February 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm

i made homemade english muffins once, and they were awesome. but then i got busy & kept buying the storebought ones. these look amazing!!

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12 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel February 21, 2013 at 3:18 pm

These look absolutely perfect! I’ve been wanting to make these for years!!

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13 cakewhiz February 21, 2013 at 4:45 pm

awww… look at that little cutie!
my little one just crawls around the kitchen while i am baking and he likes to play with my bottles of sprinkles but he is not even 1 yet…lol.

i didn’t know english muffins could be so easy to prepare at home…

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14 Delia February 22, 2013 at 1:41 pm

C loves to help with ALL of it. Especially the flour & sugar measuring part. Only I have a hard time keeping his fingers out of the bowl to “taste” ingredients. Not so bad, unless I’m sending the item to school!

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15 Sue/the view from great island February 22, 2013 at 7:57 pm

I love these English muffins, and I really need to know about that gorgeous poached egg/salsa dish!

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16 foodiebride February 26, 2013 at 2:00 pm
17 KMunoz February 23, 2013 at 9:36 am

These look delicious! I’d love to make them, but I don’t have a stand mixer. Any tips on making it by hand?

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18 foodiebride February 23, 2013 at 8:26 pm

The dough is really slack. Do you have a stiff rubber spatula or bench scraper that you can oil and scrape & fold in a large bowl for a few minutes to get the gluten to develop? It will be a workout :)

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19 Erin February 25, 2013 at 8:31 am

I tried making English muffins from scratch just a couple weeks ago — it was much more involved than this and they turned out much too dense to classify as English muffins. It was more like a biscuit. I think I’ll give this recipe a shot next time.

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20 Ivy June 27, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Do you think I could use a gluten free flour mix?

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21 Shawnda June 28, 2013 at 3:49 pm

I don’t have any experience with gluten free flour mixes. If you try it out, let me know!

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22 Terri July 13, 2013 at 10:54 am

What kind of flour and yeast is used in this recipe?

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23 Shawnda July 14, 2013 at 12:54 pm

All purpose flour and active dry yeast.

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24 Tracy February 19, 2014 at 1:21 am

Oh I’m so glad I found this recipe and your site! Can’t wait to make them!

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25 Marissa May 3, 2014 at 5:59 am

do you know what the nutritional content is? Is there a way to substitute for the butter and also use whole wheat flour?

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26 Ramsey June 21, 2014 at 6:31 am

So, you just cook them in a griddle pan on your stove? I feel like I need more pictures to walk me through this recipe. lol

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