ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to make English Muffins.

Updated on September 29, 2017
tonymead60 profile image

Tony has been baking bread for many years and loves experimenting with bread from around the world. He enjoys passing on his experience.

English Muffins

a tasty treat for the family
a tasty treat for the family | Source

Recipe for English Muffins

If you’ve read any of my hubs previously, you’ll know I’m a complete bread making nut. English Muffins are a great tradition and the sort of thing we always had at various aunties’ houses when I was a kid. They are a real treat and are great eaten fresh from the oven or toasted with ham and eggs as a great brunch. The recipe is almost identical to what we call teacakes/bread cakes.

They are also known as griddle cakes.

5 stars from 2 ratings of English muffins

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour 45 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 2 hours 15 min
Yields: 9 muffins


  • 450gm white bread flour, sifted
  • tsp salt
  • 375gm milk/ butter milk
  • 20gm fresh yeast
  • 1 tblsp melted butter or oil
  • semolina or rice flour, for dusting

Equipment You will need


There is no special equipment necessary to make good muffins. A good food processor with a dough hook will take the hard work out of making them for you. Plenty of plastic bowls and dishes are always useful when cooking. You need one to blend your yeast and soften your butter and even for weighing out into.

Bubble filled sponge yeast mix
Bubble filled sponge yeast mix | Source

Prepare Your Yeast

First of all prepare your yeast, if you are using dried yeast just follow the instructions on the tin or sashay. If you are using live yeast grumble about 20 g into a plastic bowl add a heaped teaspoon of caster sugar, and makes it until the yeast goes runny. Add 100 mL of lukewarm water give it a good stir and add a tablespoon of flour mix it in. Leave this somewhere warm until it produces a spongy top.


Mix the Ingredients

Place your flour in your mixing bowl, and add your 2 cups of lukewarm milk, I like to use buttermilk it gives it more flavour. We also make our own butter so we always have jobs of buttermilk available for our bread making.

Begin to mix slowly, and then add your yeast mix. Yeast works best if kept separate from the salt, as it will kill it. Now set your mixer a little bit faster and adding a tablespoon of melted butter or olive oil. Keep it mixing for about six or 7 min to give the gluten chance to form into a long stretchy strands. Once the dough has stuck to the dough hook add a teaspoon of salt and keep mixing.


First Proving and kneading

Turn it out onto a well floured work surface and hand knead it for a couple of minutes. Put it back into a bowl and cover it with a damp tea towel and leave it to prove for about 30 min.

This first proving is quite critical and affects the final taste of the bread or in this case muffins. It gives the yeast chance to feed on the sugars in the flour that in turn produces the carbon dioxide that will give you the bubbles. The carbon dioxide attaches itself to the gluten, which is why the kneading process is so important. But don't worry about it, it is like most things the more you practice you have the better you become at producing good dough.

Little Story

My granny used to bake bread almost every day, and I remember that she also used to tear off some of her dough and give it to me to practice. She would check it by stretching it out and then rolling back up again, my loaf would be placed with hers in the proving oven. I still get the same thrill 50 years later whenever my bread goes into the oven.

Proven Dough

proven dough ready for the next stage
proven dough ready for the next stage | Source

Turn out the Dough

Once the dough has risen, turn it out and knock it back which simply means knock some of the gas out of the bread. This also helps to give the yeast more food, so don't be afraid that you will have lost all your bubbles.

Divide the dough into two equal parts and then divide each part into four. Shape your muffins by rolling them gently under your hand with your fingers just touching the tabletop and the dough just rolling on the palm of your hand. Again it takes patience and practice to get this right, but is hardly rocket science and you should be able to master in no time at all.

Dust Them Over

The muffins then need dusting with semolina, corn, grits, whatever you call it in your part of the world. Traditionally they were cooked on a hot skillet or griddle, I have an oven stone which gets pretty hot by the time I finished making my daily bread so sometimes I just drop the muffins onto the hot stone and cook them that way.

On a griddle you need to cook them 8-10 minutes on a fairly low heat and then turn them over and same again.

Three stages of Muffin magic

Click thumbnail to view full-size
place on a tray to risethey will puff up in 20 minutescooked perfect
place on a tray to rise
place on a tray to rise | Source
they will puff up in 20 minutes
they will puff up in 20 minutes | Source
cooked perfect
cooked perfect | Source

Warm Muffins

can you resist a warm muffin
can you resist a warm muffin | Source

How to Enjoy your Muffins

How to eat them.

One of the nicest ways to eat English muffins is to slice them whilst they are still warm and give them a thick coating of glorious yellow butter, I know a lot of the health freaks will be going ‘oooh not butter’, but there is nothing with that same taste.

They are perfect toasted, and will give you the best ever eggs Benedict; poached eggs on the opened muffin with a drizzle of hollandaise sauce and a sprig of fresh mint.

You can toast your English muffins and serve them with poached eggs pancetta, or bacon for a filling and satisfying, tasty brunch.

I like them best with homemade jam or lemon curd. [not season for jams yet, but I will be making jam hubs soon.]

beutiful, creamy home made butter.
beutiful, creamy home made butter. | Source

Make your own butter

How to make butter.

It is dead easy if you have a mixer or food processor.

Poor a large carton of double cream (heavy cream) into your mixing bowl using your whisk the seven bells out of it and within a few minutes you will have thick whipped cream, but don't stop there keep it going and keep it whipping add a teaspoon of salt and the butter will separate out from the buttermilk. Pour off the buttermilk and place the gorgeous yellow butter onto a piece of greaseproof paper. If you have some wooden spatulas use them to pass the butter into shape. Wrap it up, place it in the fridge, your butter is ready to use.

How to make Hollandaise Sauce

How to make hollandaise sauce

two tablespoons of butter

two large egg yolks

tablespoon of cold water

tablespoon of lemon juice and a pinch of salt.

Make sure that you have all your ingredients ready before you start this part.

Put the egg yolks into a saucepan on a very gentle heat and stir, the yolks should start to become creamy, just make sure that you don't cook them. Add the lemon juice and the salt a little bit at a time beating the mixture constantly if it begins to get to thick then add a little olive oil as you mix. Put the pan back onto a low heat and keep stirring. It should now really thicken up. Take it off the heat and add either cold butter or cold oil to stop the cooking process. As you mix it will turn into a thick creamy sauce just like mayonnaise.

You can of course use low fat oils and in place of the butter and cream.


Drinks cabinet

What else, but English breakfast tea, usually a blend of Assam and Kenyon leaves.

But I like milk too with muffins, straight from the fridge.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)