This homemade english muffin recipe will blow any store-bought English muffin out of the water, guaranteed.
I started making English muffins at home when we were living in Beijing, and I couldn’t buy them locally. And you know what? Now that we’re all back in the U.S.A, and once again have the luxury of buying English muffins at any old grocery store, I’m STILL making these from scratch.
- They’re insanely delicious. More delicious than any English muffin you’ve tasted.
- They’re really easy to make. No oven required!
- They’re freezer-friendly. After baking and halving them with a fork (to reveal those nooks and crannies), pop them into the freezer to enjoy anytime you like.
Note: This recipe was originally published on September 28, 2013. We have since updated it with more information, a Video, new photos, clearer instructions, metric measurements, and nutrition info. Enjoy!
A Special Treat
I’ll admit that I don’t make these super often. Not because they’re hard to make, but because when I do, I WILL sit there and eat four in a row, toasted and slathered with butter and jam.
In fact, that’s exactly what happened when I decided to re-photograph this classic English muffin recipe we first documented in September 2013.
My personal carb overload issues aside, we always come back to this recipe whenever we want to serve a special treat for guests (Sunday brunch, anyone?).
They’re perfect to make during the holidays/colder months, but they’re also great even in summer. Because you don’t have to turn on a hot oven to bake them. You just cook them in a pan on the stove!
These are also great on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or any special occasion, but they’re easy enough to make anytime.
This recipe makes about 12-15 muffins, depending on size. The perfect amount for a weekend party or to share with family throughout the week.
Better Than Store-bought
I can sense some of you shaking your head at your screen. You’re either thinking you’ll never put the time in to make homemade English muffins when you could just buy them… OR you’re thinking that you don’t even really LIKE English muffins all that much.
This is the recipe that will change your mind!
Before this recipe, I’d never been a huge fan of English muffins––the ones that come in plastic bags and taste like they’ve been sitting in that bag for way too long.
But while living in China, I had a hankering for Eggs Benedict, realized I couldn’t find English muffins anywhere (problems of the food-obsessed), and made these. It was like frolicking through a field of flowers whilst hearing a hallelujah chorus.
Make them. Toast them. Spread with butter (and maybe a little jam). You’ll be a convert soon enough.
English Muffin Recipe Instructions
The ingredients for this english muffin recipe are super simple: all purpose flour, yeast, salt, sugar, water, yogurt, semolina/fine cornmeal, and a little oil. You’ll get best results with your yogurt at room temperature, but if you’re short on time, this isn’t strictly necessary.
If you have bread flour on hand, you can also substitute it for the all-purpose, but you’ll get a nice texture and nooks and crannies with either.
Semolina flour can be found at most grocery stores these days. It’s what gives the English muffins those sandy bottoms. You can also use finely ground cornmeal.
The first step of the recipe depends on whether you’re using active dry yeast or instant yeast. You can make this recipe with either!
If using active dry yeast, add the yeast and sugar to 1 cup lukewarm water. Stir to dissolve, and let stand for 10 minutes to allow the yeast to activate. If using instant yeast, you can skip this step.
In a large mixing bowl, add the all purpose flour and 1 teaspoon salt. Stir to combine. Add the yogurt and activated yeast mixture (or the instant yeast along with the sugar and water).
Mix together with a fork or wooden spoon until the mixture forms a soft, shaggy dough. Knead for 10 minutes, dusting your hands and the dough with a sprinkling of flour if needed. The dough will get a bit sticky as you knead it.
If you’d prefer to use a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment, you can do that as well. Knead on low speed!
After kneading, let the dough rest for 5 minutes. I’m sure it’s been a stressful day for it, having just come into existence and all. (I need to stop personifying food.)
Spread the semolina (or fine cornmeal) onto a large baking sheet. On a clean surface, use a rolling pin to roll the dough out to a thickness of about 1/2 inch. Cut out circles with a 3-inch round cutter. I just use an overturned water glass for this purpose. Easy peasy.
Take the excess dough and re-roll it to cut out more circles. (I never understand people who just throw the excess dough into the garbage. It drives me crazy. That’s food, people!) Well you’re not going to do that––you should be able to get 12-16 muffins out of it.
Place the English muffins onto the prepared baking sheet and slide them around in the semolina. Cover with a clean kitchen towel, and let rise in a warm place for an hour.
Heat a flat pan, griddle, or cast iron skillet over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, brush with oil (you’ll need about 2 tablespoons of oil to cook all the muffins).
Add the English muffins. Cook for 6 minutes per side, 12 minutes total, until firm and golden brown. Turn only once.
Keep cooking them in batches until they’re all done.
The best way to break the muffins apart is with a fork—not slicing them with a knife. This will ensure you get great nooks and crannies. Serve toasted with butter and jam!
Do you hear the hallelujah chorus yet?
These are also great for making Eggs Benedict, breakfast sandwiches with eggs, ham, sausage, or bacon, and English muffin pizzas!
Homemade English Muffins
- 1 envelope active dry yeast (or instant yeast; 2 1/4 teaspoons)
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 cup lukewarm water
- 3 2/3 cups all purpose flour (plus more for kneading)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup plain yogurt (or sour cream, preferably at room temperature)
- 1/3 cup semolina (or fine cornmeal, for sprinkling)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- If using active dry yeast, add the yeast and sugar to 1 cup lukewarm water. Stir to dissolve, and let stand for 10 minutes to allow the yeast to activate. If using instant yeast, you can skip this step.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the all purpose flour and salt. Stir to combine. Add the yogurt and activated yeast mixture (or the instant yeast along with the sugar and water).
- Mix together with a fork or wooden spoon until the mixture forms a soft, shaggy dough. Knead for 10 minutes, dusting your hands and the dough with a sprinkling of flour if needed (the dough will get a bit sticky as you knead it).
- After kneading, let the dough rest for 5 minutes. Spread the semolina onto a large rimmed sheet pan.
- Roll the dough out to a thickness of about 1/2 an inch. Cut out circles with a 3 inch round cutter. Re-roll any excess and form more muffins. You should get 12-16 muffins total. Slide the muffins around on the semolina to ensure they don't stick to the pan. Cover with a damp towel and let rise in a warm place for about an hour, until almost doubled in size.
- Heat a flat pan, griddle, or cast iron skillet over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, brush with oil. Add the muffins, and cook for 12 minutes, 6 minutes on each side, until firm and golden brown. Turn only once.
- The best way to break the muffins apart is with a fork, to make sure you get great nooks and crannies. Serve toasted with butter and jam.