Homemade English Muffins

How to make english muffinsWe’ve made bagels together before (a couple times, actually). But we’ve never enjoyed an english muffin together. Did you know that english muffins are even easier to make than bagels, or at least I think so.

Easy homemade english muffinsMy favorite thing about english muffins: egg + cheese sandwiches! It’s like an Egg McMuffin but homemade. You can also just lightly toast them and top them with butter, jam or cream cheese + lox. Oh the possibilities! But first we have to make them.

Best homemade english muffinsEnglish Muffins, *makes six. Adapted from The Bread Baker’s Apprentice.

2 1/4 cups bread flour
1/2 tablespoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon shortening (or butter at room temperature)
1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
3/4 cup milk

Combine the yeast with the warm water. I like to add just a pinch of sugar to the water before pouring in the yeast, just really get things going.

In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Stir in the shortening, this will be a little clumpy and that’s ok. Now pour in the yeast water and milk. Stir until a dough ball forms. If you are using a stand mixer and dough hook to knead the dough, this will take about 6 minutes until the dough becomes elastic like. If you knead by hand it will probably take 8-10 minutes (and a lot more muscles). Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and allow to rise until doubled in size (about 60-90 minutes).

Making bread is fun!Plop the dough out on a floured work surface. Yes, you must plop. Divide the dough into six equal parts. *The orginal recipes encourages this, although I think this could easily make eight muffins as it yeilds pretty big english muffins if you stick with six.

Anyway, roll each muffin into a ball. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and a little bit of cornmeal (or flour). Cover, and allow to rise for an additional hour.

How to make english muffins at homeHeat a cast iron skillet (or other oven safe pan) over medium heat. Add a teaspoon of oil. You don’t want too much as our goal isn’t to fry the dough, but we don’t want it to stick to the pan either. Cook for 5-6 minutes on each side. You want each side to get very brown, but not burnt.

Once you’ve cooked each side pop the skillet in the oven at 400°F for 10-12 minutes until the english muffins are cooked through.

If you do not have an oven safe pan, or you don’t have one large enough for all the muffins, you can remove the muffins after cooking on each side to the baking sheet (still lined with parchment paper and cornmeal) and bake on there. Either way.

Homemade english muffinsThese are wonderful just out of the oven the day they are made. If you have leftovers, just place the cooled muffins in a Ziplock bag and seal it up. These will easily last a few days on the counter, or up to a week in the refrigerator. Make an Egg McMuffin for me! xo. Emma

 
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English Muffins

Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups bread flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon shortening or butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup milk

Instructions

  • Combine the yeast with the warm water. I like to add just a pinch of sugar to the water before pouring in the yeast, just really get things going.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Stir in the shortening, this will be a little clumpy and that's ok. Now pour in the yeast water and milk. Stir until a dough ball forms. If you are using a stand mixer and dough hook to knead the dough, this will take about 6 minutes until the dough becomes elastic like. If you knead by hand it will probably take 8-10 minutes (and a lot more muscles). Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and allow to rise until doubled in size (about 60-90 minutes).
  • Plop the dough out on a floured work surface. Yes, you must plop. Divide the dough into six equal parts. *The orginal recipes encourages this, although I think this could easily make eight muffins as it yeilds pretty big english muffins if you stick with six.
  • Anyway, roll each muffin into a ball. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and a little bit of cornmeal (or flour). Cover, and allow to rise for an additional hour.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet (or other oven safe pan) over medium heat. Add a teaspoon of oil. You don't want too much as our goal isn't to fry the dough, but we don't want it to stick to the pan either. Cook for 5-6 minutes on each side. You want each side to get very brown, but not burnt.
  • Once you've cooked each side pop the skillet in the oven at 400°F for 10-12 minutes until the english muffins are cooked through.
  • If you do not have an oven safe pan, or you don't have one large enough for all the muffins, you can remove the muffins after cooking on each side to the baking sheet (still lined with parchment paper and cornmeal) and bake on there. Either way.

Notes

If you have leftovers, just place the cooled muffins in a Ziplock bag and seal it up. These will easily last a few days on the counter, or up to a week in the refrigerator.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman

  • 5 stars
    The ultimate English muffin recipe! I have tried so many, and these are by far the tastiest. Friends and family beg me to make these! Thank you!

  • English muffins make me think of eggs benedict and english muffin pizzas. I am going to make these.

  • Awesome recipe, somewhat better than others I’ve seen. Note to the cautious, you CAN use an ordinary frying pan if you don’t have a skillet, but be sure to check it’s oven safe first and transfer the buns to a hot baking tray if not. You could alternatively heat two baking trays then sandwich the dough between them and just oven bake the buns if you really want, but I prefer the skillet method.

    I found a tiny little skillet a while back in my local T.K. Max (it’s soo cute) and I’ve made-up a double batch of dough, divided into buns and popped them in the freezer. I’ve been taking one out and popping it in a warm spot overnight and then using my mini-skillet to cook through in the morning so I can have a fresh one every day!

    Excellent for this kind of weather.

    P.s. Don’t forget, if you only cook one at a time you’ll need to drop the cooking time to about 8 minutes in the oven or you may burn the bun!

  • This recipe is amazing! I tried these substituting some of the white for wholemeal flour and made a great valentine’s breakfast eggs benedict! Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Made these and they are amazing! They don’t have the pockets inside that the store-bought fork-split ones do, they are a little more cake like. They have a slightly sweet taste but a tinge of sourdough as well. Very easy to make if a little time consuming, but I will be making them regularly!

  • Do you think I could substitute the milk for rice milk? My son is allergic to cow’s milk… Let me know!

  • I’ve always wanted to make these but never had the courage. Thank you for such a straightforward and delicious recipe! Made them this morning (subbed about 1/3 of the flour with whole wheat) and they were perfection! Even made fried egg sandwiches and used a cookie cutter to make the egg and ham into perfect circles!

    Check out the pictures on my flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/52935209@N05/12414371715/

  • Made these last week. Hubby and I had 2 as they were, fresh and warm. Then basically had the remaining 4 over the next 2 days. I am now making my second batch. They are soooo good, thanks for posting.

  • Instead of using plain water, use the water you cooked potatoes in. It adds a genuine English Muffin flavor.

  • I just got up the courage to try making these, and they are so much easier than I imagined! A perfect snow day project. English muffin pizza, here I come.

    I love the way you ladies post projects and recipes that at first seem intimidating, yet you make them user-friendly. I haven’t tackled any of the projects requiring a saw, but I’ll get there. Thanks Emma+Elsie!

  • This cookies’ like bakpia pathok in Indonesia. You guys should googling it too 🙂

  • Hello Elsie & Emma! I discovered this recipe trough bloglovin’. 🙂 I absolutely love english muffins! I know these kinds of muffins from California. Now, living in Italy I miss it!! Thanks to you guys I will bake them now! Aww! How excited I am! Thank you!! 🙂 Warm greetings from Milan, Italy! Lale

    And this is my blog: http://www.thetuliproad.com It’s mostly about traveling in Italy & the italian-american cuisine!

  • I love English muffins! (especially with jam) How did you make yours so thick and perfectly fluffy? They look awesome.
    Pinning!

  • EGGS BENEDICT….or even better….EGGS FLORENTINE …OR PACIFIC NORTHWEST SMOKED SALMON “BENEDICT”…

    I have officially “FOUND” my base for these utterly brunch-worthy luxury/necessities…

    Living in France I find only the most HORRENDOUS English Muffin facsimiles in the supermarkets…but THESE look like “the ticket”…Not as difficult as I would have imagined…and love the idea from Michelle about doing a cinnamon & raisin “riff” for brekkie…..I remember Thompson’s English Muffins from my carefree youthful days at grad school in NYC…a must….Thanks for making the memory even better by IMPROVING upon it with homemade…Recent discoverer of your site…thank you for matter-of-fact, easy to assimilate recipes…and the humor involved…Much appreciated and much impressed am I.

  • These look amazing. My three year old and I will be trying this recipe out this week, can’t wait!

  • EMMA! EMMA! EMMA!
    Please go to Pinterest and look up “Cadbury Creme Egg Donuts” and please please please make these for Easter season!!!!
    I saw them and instantly thought of you!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I have been eating so many english muffins lately having never really gone for them before so this post is perfectly timed to try and make my own! Definitely adding this one to the make this weekend list 🙂 xx

    www.thelibrarian.co.uk

  • I have to try these! My husband loves English muffins but only a certain brand. Can’t wait to see if he loves these.
    http://delectabledarlings.com/

  • Great looking recipe!!! I’ve been meaning to make my own english muffins for a while now!!!! Thanks for sharing.

  • Omg! These look so good!!

    Lulu xx

    https://www.luluslittlewonderland.blogspot.com

  • looks so good

    The Artistically Challenged: Beauty, Fashion, Music, Lifestyle Blog

  • Being from England, it took me a while to learn that there was any other type of muffin other than these ones. For years I didn’t even know about the cake muffins (I was very young at the time). They are very much an every day thing in my household, we love them so much 🙂

  • I love English muffins and I’ve been dying to make some of my own for a few years now. (Honestly, I need to compile a list of all the recipes I’ve been wanting to make because maybe it would get my butt in gear to DO IT!) I can’t wait to try this recipe out!

    xoxo
    Taylor

    www.welcomehometaylor.com

  • These look amazing! I love making egg sandwiches and pizza muffins out of English muffins. They’re so good just toasted with a little butter, too!

  • I love muffins! So good with a poached egg!

    www.ameliaholly.blogspot.co.uk

  • I adore them, thank you for sharing them. I hope I can get that flavour unforgettable, ummmmmm
    http://tarragonain.blogspot.com.es

  • It’s almost the same with one of food of Yogyakarta’s food , it’s called ‘bakpia’ in my country (Indonesia), delicious 🙂

  • Mmmmm yummy!!!I love your blog and your recipes.

    Here is my last cake, I hope you like it!
    http://www.amanciolovers.com/2014/01/receta-secreta-cheese-cake.html

  • wow, this is like telepathy. I was thinking of were to find a good recipe for those buns to make for my bf’s birthday in february to make EggmcMuffins at home and there they are! thanks so much! and for your wonderful descreptions and beautiful pictures! It’s always such a joy!
    Greetings from snowy Germany
    M

  • I’m definitely going to give this recipe a try! They look so cute and fat all stacked up together 🙂 I love the home made egg Mcmuffin idea too! The perfect weekend brunch recipe x

  • Oh my gosh, these looks so yummy!! xx

    http://www.sweetcandydreamer.com

  • I have always wanted to make these. I will be trying this recipe very soon. Perfect to go with a gift of jam that I received for Christmas. Thank you for sharing.

  • They look yum, strange they’re called English muffins – never seen them in the UK apart from Mcdonalds breakfasts! 🙂

  • Mmmm! I’ve wanted to make these for a long time. There’s something very alluring about them being cooked on the stove top. My fave way to eat them (other than egg sandwiches, of course), slathered in butter and apricot jam.

  • It has never crossed my mind to bake my own English Muffins but after seeing this, I think it is a must! Thankyou for sharing. Let the baking begin. – Teagan Kahla

  • Oh man! This is most def gonna be the first recipe I use with my cast iron skillet! SO EXCITED!!!

  • I love english muffins and these look so good. I never even thought about making them myself! Totally have to try it.

  • Emma I love breakfasts and as you I made English muffins!http://evaetsandra.com/muffins-anglais/
    Have a nice breakfast!!

  • oh I love this! I’m going to have to try it next time we make Eggs Benedict at home. might as well 🙂

  • Thanks for this, I’ll try it this weekend and hopefully will have a lot of success ;o)

  • These sound a lot like toutons, which is a type of traditional pancake from where I’m from in Newfoundland! It’s basically fried bread dough, and it’s amazing!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Touton

  • have y’all ever been to the Pythian Castle? Its a pretty cool spot I visited while I was in Springfield, MO.

  • These looks so yummy! Why are English muffins called English muffins though?

    I absolutely adore your blog, the photography, inspiration…you are VERY talented girls! Hats off to you.

    Sarah
    www.daisychainsanddreamers.wordpress.com

  • Saw the good eats episode when Alton brown made them. Now I’m excited and trying to get enough courage to bake with yeast for the very first time. >.< someone give me a good kick in the pants please!

  • Yummmm definitely going to have to try this. Thanks Emma!!
    http://bravefelicity.blogspot.com

  • These look better than store bought English muffins. I had never thought about making them myself before!

  • These look delicious! I’m a vegan but I reckon I could just swap the milk for soy milk, without a doubt giving this a go this weekend. Thanks so much for the recipe! x

  • nomnomnom this looks sooo good!! Thanks for posting

    http://nikitaandvesper.com/blogs/baby-blog

  • Look at how beautiful those are! I’ve always wanted to make my own English muffins!! Totally gonna make it happen on my next day off ;}

  • This looks sooo good!

    http://talisatalksbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/soap-and-glory-solar-power.html

  • I’m going to try these tomorrow!! I’ve been looking for a good English Muffin recipe! Thanks!

  • I love English Muffins but I’d never thought to make my own! They’re so good for breakfast with lots of jam. Sometimes I use them as burger buns! xx

  • Yay! I just made one of your bagel recipes a couple of weeks ago, and my husband asked why didn’t I make my own English muffins. Now I can! (:

  • YUM, those look fantastic emma!

    Molly {Dreams in HD}
    http://dreamsinhd.blogspot.com

  • yum-yum! i should definitely give a try!
    http://yourpaleblueeyes.blogspot.com/

  • These look wonderful! I love, Love, LOVE English muffins and I’ve always wanted to try making them.

  • Mmm! I havent had a proper muffin for ages, and I definitely have never tried making my own before. Must try!

  • Mmmm. Those look delicious! This will sound weird, but I always really like cheese and honey on biscuits/muffins. It’s the perfect combination of savory and sweet!

  • Yum! I literally just pulled a loaf of bread out of the oven, but now all I can think about is english muffins! Thanks for the recipe – can’t wait to try it!

  • YES. Definitely going to do this one! I was seriously thinking about making these the other day…must be a sign. 🙂

  • …also wonderful for tuna melts – a particular fav in these ‘ere parts 😉 And I concur: ‘plopping’ is most necessary 😉

  • Emma, you continue to inspire with these fab recipes! I just love English Muffins and have never had the courage to try to make them…I think I will now, thank you!

  • I never thought of homemade English muffins. Looks fabulous and with clean ingredients too! I’m gunna try a white whole wheat version! Thanks Emma!

  • I’ve never even thought about making my own english muffins before!! Will definitely have to try this!!

    Thanks!!
    Heather
    southernnorth.com

  • what a cool idea! never thought of making them homemade before!
    xxoo,
    nikki

    www.dreaminneon.blogspot.com

  • Oh my goodness these sound delicious! Definitely making these.

    xo, Juliette Laura
    http://juliettelaura.blogspot.com

  • wow that is easy! cant wait to make this:) thanks

    http://elierey.blogspot.com/

  • These are adorable and actually look like something I could make! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Yum! These look so fluffy and simply! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing! Next will be a new jam recipe? 😉

    http://sometimesgracefully.com

  • This is pretty cool, never would have thought I could make those… I’ve never made bread but I’ll give it a try. I’d like to try some with raisins or cinnamon in them… mmm! 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

    http://permanentdaydream.com

  • This looks delicious! Excited to try this recipe for brunch with my fiance next weekend!

  • I used to make these with my mom when I was young! They were my absolute favourite bread treat. My mouth is salivating as I type this!

  • ohh these sound delicious, and not to hard! hmm, getting ideas for a valentines breakfast now!
    xo, cheyenne

  • OMG these look amazing! I’m definitely going to try out this recipe, and I’ll be sure to let you guys know how it goes for me! mmmmm

  • OMG these look amazing! I’m definitely going to try out the recipe myself, I’ll let you guys know how it goes for me! mmmm

  • I seriously cannot believe I’ve never tried making this before. It’s so easy! If I can make challah bread, I can definitely do this. Many thanks for posting this because…yay!

  • Ooh! How awesome! I love making pizza muffins out of these. I used to get them at school, as a kid, and now I’m hooked 🙂

  • This is a dream come true! When I was an exchange student in Canada (I’m from Chile), I survived on English Muffins. I had one each day with a cup of hot chocolate and I’ve been dreaming of having just that again ever since I left, TEN YEARS AGO.

    I am so making these.

  • These look incredible! Its amazing how different (and more delicious) the homemade english muffins are compared to the store bought ones!

  • Super! It’s been a long time i’m looking for this recipe! I discovered muffins when i lived in England some years ago and it’s one of my greatest memories! 🙂 Thank you very much! bisous

  • Interestingly, even though I loooooove English muffins, I never once thought to make them on my own! This, I GOTTA try! Not too difficult either, hooray!

  • Yummy, my ABSOLUTE FAVE treat!! Will defo try this one out! (Homemade Egg McMuffins are my guilty pleasure!!)

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