Saturday, September 19, 2009

Homemade English Muffins

How to make English muffins at home! Making Scratch Muffins are simple to make and taste so much better than store bought.
It's been raining off and on for a week here in Dallas. I'm not going to complain since we really do need the rain, plus it has brought some cooler temps along with it.  Today's high is 79 degrees which is a huge difference from our usual 90-100 degree days.
When the weather is dreary outside I love to bake, I mean if you're going to be trapped inside why not bake up something delicious.  I made this recipe for Homemade English Muffins a couple weeks back and I am just now getting around to posting it. 
I found this recipe on the The Happy Housewife  blog. I had great success with her Perfect French Bread Rolls  that I couldn't wait to make these english muffins. The recipe is pretty simple to make. The only thing I messed up on after I cut out the English muffins was to spray the waxed paper with non-stick spray, so the English muffins stuck a bit. 
So don't forget to spray the waxed paper before placing the englush muffins on the baking pan to rise. Somehow I got them off and onto the electric skillet to brown. I guess I just assumed they wouldn't stick since they were coated with cornmeal, but I was wrong.

The english muffins turned out perfect and I was amazed that they look just like the one you buy in the grocery store. If you are looking for a easy to follow recipe for English Muffins then this would be the one to try.

Homemade English Muffins

1 - cup hot water
1/2 - cup milk
2 - teaspoon honey
2 - teaspoon salt
4 - cups flour (I used 1/2 white 1/2 whole wheat)
2 - teaspoons instant yeast
3 - tablespoons softened butter
cornmeal (for baking pan)

Mix together water, milk, honey and salt. Add 2 cups of flour and the yeast. 

Mix until you have a loose batter. Cover the mixture and let rise for about 1 hour. 

Add the butter and the remainder of the flour. Roll out dough on a surface sprinkled with cornmeal to about 1/2 inch thick and cut into circles. 

Place on a baking sheet with a sheet of waxed paper. Make sure it is greased lightly so they wont stick. 

Let rise until doubled (mine took a couple hours).

Cook on a hot (about 350 degrees), well buttered griddle until they are light brown. Turn once while cooking. 

Cool and eat… or eat while hot, I cut them in half but you can also open them using a fork.  


Anonymous said... #

Oh, yummy, this is one of those recipes that I want to do on a dreary Saturday or day off school when son is home. Thanks so much Linda

A Cooking Bookworm said... #

WOW! They DO look like storebought!! I've yet to attempt English muffins... I've tried English muffin bread, but not actual muffins. One of these days, I will! On a rainy, dreary day in NY! :-)

Leslie said... #

I am pretty sure I wouldnt be able to wait until these were cool to eat them! YUM

Jenny - AKA - frogmama said... #

Would you believe it was the same temperature way up here in MN? lol. Of course, this is usually warm temps for mid-late Sept.

I will have to try this! I hate having to buy different breads so I usually don't buy these, but it looks SO easy! I didn't know they were this easy! I'll have to make some because I was planning on making a big batch of the breakfast eggwiches over at Now I don't have to buy them - and those ingredients will save me a LOT of money - they are so basic -- Thank you for posting!

Lara said... #

I'm impressed at how much they look like the store bought ones. This looks like a fun one to try.

Micha @ Cookin' Mimi said... #

Don't those beat store bought? I really need to make another batch and hopefully I will be smarter and not put them in the container before they are totally cool. They molded on me because of the condensation the last time. I was so mad.

Melody said... #

I've got to try these! They look delicious.

Tina Butler said... #

Micha, I have a hard time waiting on certai things myself. I let them cool completely and froze half of them in the freezer. Carson has already used some of them for pizza's.

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Anonymous said... #

OMG I Love english muffins I cant wait to make them

Lynette said... #

They look Amazing! It really does look like you bought them from the store. I will definitely be giving this recipe a try. My kids also love mini pizzas made from english muffins. Once again....You are amazing!

Sherri Murphy said... #

Looks like you purchased them, but I'm sure they taste even better! Yum. I love English muffins- I never even thought of making my own.

Anonymous said... #

They look just like Thomas's! I've never tried those. They came out really good.

Jenny - AKA - frogmama said... #

I just tried making these. I even used the ww flour. I think I'll have to try again.

I made them into squares, so when I rolled out the dough I just used a pizza cutter to cut them out, then cooked the odds & ends for my trial run.

But even after greasing the wax paper, they stuck to it. Maybe the OP meant freezer paper? I ended up turning the whole sheet over on my griddle and delicately scraping them off the wax paper. I lost a lot of the levening that way, so they turned out like thick pitas, sortof. I will have to try again and this time rise them directly on my oiled countertop or something. thanks for the recipe.

Tina Butler said... #

Frogmama, that was my problem to. So greasing the waxed paper didnt work either. Hmmm I did see this post and someone use parchment paper instead. I wonder if we are not adding enough corn meal on the paper. Here is the link and you can see they are using the paper as well.

Anonymous said... #

hi, this is my first time using yeast. I make the muffins today, the dough was too sticky to roll, can you bake them? Please help! what did I do wrong?

Tina Butler said... #

See if you can add a bit more flour to help the dough along. I have not baked them before. I have only used the griddle.


I can't wait to try this! What a neat recipe thanks for sharing :)

Unknown said... #

cook u bake these instead

Anonymous said... #

Not the best recipe. The muffin was too dense :(

Sylvia92 said... #

Hi ! What would be the average time of baking ? Can't find any good timing in all the comments. Thanks for your care.

Tina Butler said... #

They english muffins are cooked on a griddle, so you just cook them until they are lightly browned on each side. There isn't a specific time.