English Muffins


This English muffin recipe has been made in my family for decades. They are very good and taste much better than store-bought English muffins. They're great with orange butter or cream cheese and jam.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 15 mins


  • 1 cup milk

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup melted shortening

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ cup cornmeal, or more as needed


  1. Warm milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat. Stir in sugar until dissolved and let cool until lukewarm.

  2. Mix together warm water and yeast in a small bowl; let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

  3. Combine milk mixture, yeast mixture, 3 cups flour, and shortening in a large bowl; beat until smooth. Mix in salt and remaining 3 cups flour; knead until a soft dough forms. Place in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

  4. Punch down dough. Roll on a lightly floured surface to about 1/2-inch thick. Cut rounds with a biscuit cutter, drinking glass, or empty tuna can. Sprinkle cornmeal on waxed paper and place dough rounds on top. Dust tops with cornmeal, cover, and let rise for 30 minutes.

  5. Heat a greased griddle over medium heat.

  6. Cook muffins on griddle until lightly browned, about 10 minutes per side. Split and toast as desired.

    close up view of English Muffins on a plate with a wooden rolling pin in the background


Store leftover muffins in a resealable plastic bag.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

190 Calories
4g Fat
34g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 190
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 136mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 5g
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 73mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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