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You can't make a true homemade English muffin without using bread flour. It gives the muffins the chewy texture you identify with and love. I've tried many recipes with both AP and bread flour, and this is the best of them all.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
1 hr 30 mins
2 hrs 10 mins
25 mins
16 muffins


Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place flour into a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle yeast on one side of the flour and salt on the other side. Add milk, sugar, butter, and egg; mix to make a soft dough.

  • Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until soft, smooth, and stretchy, about 10 minutes.

  • Place dough into a large oiled bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double the size, about 1 hour.

  • Deflate the dough and divide into 16 pieces. Press each into English muffin rings. Sprinkle both sides with semolina and let rest another 30 minutes.

  • Preheat a griddle to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C), or a heavy-based frying pan over low heat. Cook the muffins on the preheated griddle or pan until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of a muffin reaches 200 F (93 degrees C), 7 to 10 minutes per side.

Cook's Notes:

It's best to weigh flour due to inconsistencies in measuring by volume, but if you want to use measuring cups, 21 ounces is 4 1/2 cups.

You can also dust the muffins with farina or polenta instead of semolina.

For a cinnamon raisin addition, add 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, 1 cup raisins, and reduce the amount of salt to 1 1/4 teaspoons.

Use a fork to split the muffins, not a knife to cut; fork-split muffins have the wonderful nooks and crannies.

You can place the dough into a bread machine on the Dough cycle instead of kneading and letting rise until doubled in size.

Nutrition Facts

182 calories; protein 6.3g; carbohydrates 31.9g; fat 2.9g; cholesterol 17.6mg; sodium 266.6mg. Full Nutrition