Homemade English Muffins
These homemade english muffins are made from a simple dough, and only need one rise!
When melted butter pools inside the nooks and crannies of a crunchy, toasted English muffin…oh…that’s heaven to me.
English muffins have always been “a thing” for my family. If you walked into the pantry of my childhood home at any time of night or day, you would find English muffins in a variety of flavors. Sourdough, whole wheat, cinnamon raisin, rosemary…always ready to be toasted for breakfast!
If you’ve never made English muffins at home before, they are one of the BEST breads to make yourself.
They only need one rise, the dough is really simple, and they don’t have the preservatives that many store-bought English muffins have.
How to Make English Muffins:
Start by proofing yeast in warm water mixed with a little bit of sugar:
Add flour, an egg, salt, and honey:
Mix the ingredients with a spatula to roughly combine:
Then transfer the bowl to a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, and knead until smooth:
Let the dough rise for about an hour, until doubled in size and stretchy/web-like on the sides, like this:
Punch down the dough to deflate some of the gas bubbles (otherwise the English muffins will rise too much during baking), then roll it out about 1/2 inch thick.
Use a cutter to cut circles from the dough:
Place 12 circles of dough onto each sheet pan (you’ll have two trays total):
And bake for 7 minutes on each side. Then they’re ready to be toasted and spread with butter, jam, orange marmalade, peanut butter…whatever you like:
Homemade English Muffins
- 1.5 cups 110 degree F water
- 1/4 ounce packet active dry yeast (2.25 tsp)
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- 22.5 oz all-purpose flour, by weight (4.5 cups, if measuring)
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup honey
- 3/4 tsp salt
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the water, yeast, and sugar. Stir and let sit for 10 minutes until foamy (this means the yeast is active and alive).
- Add the flour, egg, honey and salt, and use a spatula to roughly combine the dough. Fit the bowl to the stand mixer and knead the dough for about 10 minutes on medium low speed using the dough hook.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a plate and let it double in size, which should take about an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F, and line two sheet pans with parchment paper or silicone mats.
- Punch down the dough to deflate some of the gas bubbles (otherwise the English muffins will rise too much during baking). Lightly flour the countertop. Roll the dough to a half inch thickness. Use a 3″ cutter to cut circles from the dough, pushing directly down all the way to the counter to cut, then twisting to release.
- Re-roll the dough and cut the scraps, and you should have about 24 English muffin circles. Place the English muffins on the prepared sheet pans, with 12 English muffins per sheet pan.
- Bake the English muffins for 7 minutes, then flip them over and bake for another 7 minutes.
- Cool completely on wire racks, then they are ready to be cut in half, toasted, and spread with your favorite butter or jam. Because there are no preservatives, you should store them in the freezer if you’re not consuming them within two days.
[Updated from the archives with new photos, writing, and tweaked recipe. Originally posted November 2010]