How To Make Homemade English Muffins

How To Make English Muffins

Making English muffins is not as difficult as it may sound and the result is delicious if you follow the steps.

The most important factor in any yeast endeavor is the temperature of the liquid added to the yeast. It must be correct to enhance the yeast formation so always use a candy thermometer to get the temperature right.

The temperature at which you proof your bread is also vital. I use an oven thermometer and first heat the oven to its lowest temperature, then allow to drop to 75-80 degrees. I then allow my bread to proof in the oven.

By following those 2 rules, you can create wonderful homemade yeast masterpieces with a minimum of effort.

For variety, try the crumpets recipe as well - while both have their origins in England, they each have a unique texture and taste all their own though their usage is interchangeable.

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English Muffin Recipe

Makes 18 muffins

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup milk (I use nonfat)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons or 1 packet of active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees)
  • 1/4 cup melted shortening (or margarine, butter or oil)
  • 6 cups flour (divided - 3 cups/3 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking spray
  • Cornmeal


PREPARATION

  1. Heat the milk in a saucepan until it bubbles and then remove from the heat. This is scalding the milk.
  2. Add sugar and stir until it dissolves.
  3. Let cool until lukewarm.
  4. Dissolve yeast in warm water in a small bowl. Let stand until creamy - about 10 minutes.
  5. Combine milk and sugar mixture, yeast mixture, shortening/oil/butter and 3 cups of the flour. Beat this until smooth.
  6. Add salt and 3 cups of flour or enough to make a soft dough.
  7. Knead until smooth - 5-10 minutes.
  8. Place in greased bowl or bowl sprayed with cooking spray.
  9. Cover with towel and let rise in warm oven (75-80 degrees) until doubled.
  10. Punch dough down.
  11. Roll out to 1/2-inch thickness. Use a biscuit cutter, drinking glass or empty tuna can to cut out rounds.
  12. On waxed paper or parchment paper, sprinkle cornmeal and set the rounds on this to rise further.
  13. Sprinkle/dust lightly the tops of the muffins with cornmeal.
  14. Cover and let rise again 1/2 hour.
  15. Heat a greased griddle or large skillet.
  16. Cook muffins on the griddle about 10 minutes on each side.
  17. Keep cooked muffins warm until all have been cooked.
  18. Allow to cool then and place them in plastic containers or bags until used.
  19. Split and toast.

There are several variations of this recipe available; this one was primarily from allrecipes.com but you can also make English muffins using crumpet or flan rings. See links for other recipes.


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Glad you found it interesting craftybegonia and thanks so much for stopping by!


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craftybegonia 5 years ago from Southwestern, United States

Thanks Audrey! I grew up eating English muffins and bagels, I have made bagels but never tried English muffins. I might try to make them now.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Too funny - I read, therefore I cook - I always say if you just give it a whack and try things, it all comes out in the wash - eventually! I love to experiment and if there is a recipe I just feel that I 'must try it' at least ONCE because someone went to all that trouble...blah blah blah - I love scones and muffins too - now I'm getting hungry!


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Thank you Audrey, you have just made me starving!! That looks delicious. I am not one for food really, but I love Scones and muffins. got a sweet tooth! I might have a go, but I have got the feeling that it will go wrong, as usual. I am not a very good cook, or patient. That is why I am not a very good cook!! Cheers Nell

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