I love English muffins. I love them slathered with salty butter and honey or stuffed with bacon, eggs, and cheese. The tangy, chewy dough and browned ends make me jump for joy.
I had never even thought to make my own until I went on a baking frenzy recently and saw a recipe for them online. Who knew that these tasty little muffins were so easy to make?
WARNING: Once you make these at home, you’ll have a pretty hard time eating the store-bought ones. They will pale in comparison to yours, I promise.
2 1/4 cups flour (I used all-purpose but I bet you could switch in bread flour or whole wheat)
1/2 tbsp. sugar
3/4 tsp. salt
2 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast
1/4 cup water, (105-110°F)
1 tbsp. butter, at room temperature
1/2 to 3/4 cup milk, at room temperature
cornmeal, for dusting
Put the water in a large mixing bowl and sprinkle the yeast over it. Let it stand for 5 minutes—the yeast should look foamy and thicker. If not, throw it out and start over with new yeast.
Once yeast has proofed, stir in the flour, sugar and salt. Add the butter and 1/2 cup milk and stir the ingredients until it forms a ball. If the dough is too dry and you see loose flour, slowly add more milk. The dough should be soft and pliable.
Transfer the dough to a counter or workspace and knead for 10 minutes. If you need more flour along the way, go ahead and sprinkle a bit in. Just make sure not too add too much! The dough at this point should be a little tacky but definitely not sticky.
Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl (I used the same one I mixed in) and turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise until doubled (about 60-90 minutes but it depends on how warm your kitchen is!).
Transfer the dough to the counter and divide into 6 pieces. Shape them into round rolls. Oil a baking sheet and sprinkle with cornmeal. Transfer the balls of dough to the sheet pan. lightly oil the tops and sprinkle with more cornmeal. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and allow to rise again, at room temperature, for another 60-90 minutes or until doubled in size.
Heat your skillet/griddle to medium (also, preheat your oven to 350°F in case you need to finish the muffins in the oven—see below). Lightly oil the pan and carefully transfer the muffins to the pan using a spatula. Cook for about 10 minutes or until you can’t cook the dough any longer without burning. Flip and cook for another 10 minutes.
If they feel like they could use more time, pop them in the oven on a baking sheet.
Let cool on a rack for at least 30 minutes before devouring.