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Here is an easy recipe that makes muffins much better than store-bought and is also a good way to use your extra sourdough. I found this recipe on a website called 'The Fresh Loaf' and tweaked a few of the details based on my experience. There is some amount of planning ahead needed as you have to start the night before, but it is definitely worth it.

Recipe Summary

20 mins
10 mins
8 hrs 45 mins
9 hrs 15 mins
10 4-inch muffins


Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


Instructions Checklist
  • Stir milk and sourdough starter together in a large bowl until mostly smooth. Mix in flour. Cover bowl and leave to ferment at room temperature, 8 hours to overnight.

  • Add sugar, baking soda, and salt to the preferment, stirring just enough to incorporate. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead for 4 to 5 minutes, adding as much of the 1/2 cup flour as needed to make the dough workable.

  • Use a rolling pin to flatten dough to an even 1/2-inch thickness. Cut into 4-inch rounds using a clean tuna can or biscuit cutter; keep edges well floured to avoid sticking.

  • Sprinkle a thin layer of cornmeal over a sheet of waxed paper. Arrange cut-outs over the cornmeal. Sprinkle a thin layer over the dough. Let rest for 45 minutes.

  • Heat a griddle or cast iron skillet over medium-low heat. Cook English muffins until lightly browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Cook's Note:

You will be surprised at the amount of oven spring these muffins have. They jump right up from the heat of the griddle. Trial and error is how you will find the correct temperature to cook your muffins at. Each stovetop is different which makes it hard to guide on that.

Nutrition Facts

152 calories; protein 4.9g; carbohydrates 30.4g; fat 0.9g; cholesterol 2mg; sodium 255.7mg. Full Nutrition