These English muffins are made with a simple yeast dough and cooked on the stovetop in minutes. Make these once, and you’ll never go back to the store-bought version!

Sliced open English Muffin and others aorund.

Are you on a sourdough kick? Check out our sourdough English muffins for a tangier twist on this recipe.

What Are English Muffins?

English muffins are a type of small, round, yeast-leavened bread. They are typically quite flat, with a golden brown color and a light, airy middle. Unlike most yeast breads, English muffins are cooked on the stovetop or griddle instead of the oven. They have a yeast-y and slightly sweet flavor, with a fluffy interior and crisp exterior.

The exact origins of English muffins are a matter of debate, but they were first introduced in the United States in 1880 by Samuel Bath Thomas. Thomas emigrated from England to New York and set out to create a twist on the traditional English crumpet. After years of testing, English muffins (as we now know them) were born and quickly gained popularity.

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How To Make English Muffins.

Did you know you can make English muffins entirely from scratch in just over two hours? Start by mixing up the dough and letting it rise, then get to shaping and cooking the muffins!

  • Make the dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the liquids, sugar, salt, and yeast. Gradually add in the flour, mixing on low speed with the dough hook attachment until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  • Allow the dough to rise: Cover the bowl and allow the dough to rise until it doubles in size. Meanwhile, sprinkle a thin layer of semolina onto a baking sheet.
  • Cut out the muffins: Roll the dough into a 1/4-1/2 inch-thick rectangle on a floured work surface. Cut out 12 three-inch rounds with a biscuit cutter.
  • Perform the second rise: Place the rounds on the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle the tops with more semolina. Cover the pan with another inverted baking sheet and let them rise for one hour.
  • Cook the muffins: Preheat a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Cook the muffins in batches for 6-8 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Rest the English muffins on a wire rack to cool completely, then enjoy!

Hot tip: For picture-perfect English muffins, use 3-inch round ring molds to keep them in place while cooking and help them gain height.

Other Cooking Methods

English muffins are traditionally cooked in a skillet — but just like times change, cooking methods do too! Here are a couple of other ways to cook these muffins to perfection.

  • Oven: Simplify the process by baking the muffins at 350°F for 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Skillet-to-oven: For the best of both worlds, brown the muffins on both sides in an oven-safe skillet, then transfer them to the oven to finish cooking at 325°F for about 8-10 minutes.

Hot tip: When in doubt, test it out! Use a thermometer to determine if the muffins are fully cooked — the internal temp should be 195-205°F.

Tips For Perfect English Muffins

The trademark feature of English muffins is the nooks and crannies inside. Here are our top tips to help you achieve muffins with the perfect structure and a bubbly, open surface area.

  • Choose your flour carefully. All-purpose flour works best in this recipe to produce the fluffiest texture, but feel free to use bread flour for chewier English muffins. Bob’s Red Mill and King Arthur are our go-to brands of flour.
  • Measure the flour correctly. Scoop the flour into the measuring cup with a spoon. Avoid packing the flour down — this leads to an overly dry dough.
  • Use a stand mixer. A stand mixer with the dough hook attachment works best for creating an elastic dough. However, it’s not essential. For a more hands-on experience, mix together the dough in a bowl with a wooden spoon, then knead it with your hands for about ten minutes.
  • Press down gently with the biscuit cutter. Avoid twisting, as this can seal the edges of the muffins and prevent them from rising on the pan.
  • Keep the heat on medium-low. An overly hot pan runs the risk of burning the muffins before the inside is cooked through. If you notice the muffins taking on color too fast, turn the heat down.
English Muffin with another one sliced open.

Ways To Serve

English muffins are irresistibly tasty on their own or as a sandwich base. Slice a muffin in half horizontally, give it a toast, and slather both halves with plenty of butter or jam. Don’t forget a cup of tea or coffee! Are you in the mood for a heartier snack? Load up a muffin with bacon, a fried or poached egg, and hot sauce to make the perfect breakfast sandwich. If it’s closer to lunchtime, use the muffins to make grilled cheese or even a classic BLT. Or, get creative and make mini English muffin pizzas with a bit of tomato sauce, cheese, and your favorite pizza toppings!

Storage & Reheating

The opportunities are endless with leftover English muffins. Whether you’re looking to store your muffins for a few days or a few months, we’ve got you covered.

  • Room temperature: To store for up to four days, transfer the muffins to an airtight container and leave them in a cool and dry place.
  • Refrigerator: To store for up to one week, place the muffins in an airtight container and refrigerate.
  • Freezer: To store for up to three months, place the muffins in a freezer-safe bag or container and freeze. Thaw the muffins in the fridge overnight before serving, or toast them straight from frozen.
  • Reheating: To reheat, pop the muffins into the toaster until they are hot and crisp on both sides.

More Bread Recipes

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  • Brioche — Soft, airy, and sweet enriched bread
  • Focaccia — Bubbly dough with plenty of olive oil and rosemary

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Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.