An English muffin is a type of small, round, and typically flat bread product that is commonly consumed in various parts of the world, especially in the United States and the United Kingdom. Despite its name, the English muffin as we know it today is more closely associated with American cuisine.

English muffins are made from a simple dough of flour, water, yeast, salt, and often a bit of sugar. The dough is mixed, allowed to rise, and then portioned into small rounds. These rounds are then cooked on a griddle or in a skillet, which gives them their characteristic flat shape with a slightly crispy exterior. English muffins are usually split open horizontally, creating two halves, and then toasted before serving.

They are versatile and can be served in various ways. Common toppings include butter, jam, honey, peanut butter, or cream cheese. They are also popular for making breakfast sandwiches, often with eggs, bacon, or sausage.

English Muffin

Recipe by caion


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English muffins are distinct from traditional muffins, which are sweet and baked in a cupcake or muffin tin. English muffins have a more bread-like texture and are often used as a base for savory or sweet toppings.


  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup warm water (about 110°F or 43°C)

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup warm milk (about 110°F or 43°C)

  • Cornmeal or semolina flour (for dusting)

  • Vegetable oil or cooking spray (for greasing)


  • In a small bowl, combine the warm water, sugar, and yeast. Stir gently and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes, or until it becomes frothy.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the warm milk and the yeast mixture. Stir until the dough comes together.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead it for about 5-7 minutes, or until it becomes smooth and elastic. You may need to add a bit more flour if the dough is too sticky.
  • Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover it with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1-1.5 hours, or until it has doubled in size.
  • Once the dough has risen, punch it down to release any air bubbles and turn it out onto a floured surface. Roll it out to about 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) thickness.
  • Use a round cookie cutter or a drinking glass to cut out individual English muffins. You can also use a biscuit cutter for a smoother edge.
  • Sprinkle a baking sheet or tray with cornmeal or semolina flour and place the muffins on it. Cover them with a clean kitchen towel and let them rise for another 20-30 minutes.
  • Heat a griddle or skillet over medium-low heat and lightly grease it with vegetable oil or cooking spray. Cook the English muffins for about 5-7 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown and cooked through. You can cover them with a lid while cooking to ensure they cook evenly.
  • Once cooked, let the English muffins cool on a wire rack.
  • When you’re ready to serve, split the English muffins open with a fork and toast them. Serve with your favorite toppings, such as butter, jam, or as a base for breakfast sandwiches.

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