Have you ever tried making homemade English muffins? They are so much better than store bought and aren’t too difficult to make.
When I make them I always double or triple the recipe and freeze the extras.
To make homemade English muffins that mimic the taste of fresh ones from the bakery, don’t skip the cornmeal. The cornmeal gives them a little crunch on the outside of the muffin and is so delicious.
In this recipe I used half white flour half and whole wheat flour but you can use all white or all wheat.
Homemade English Muffins
- 1 cup hot water
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 teaspoon honey
- 2 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups flour I used 1/2 white 1/2 whole wheat
- 2 teaspoon instant yeast
- 3 tablespoon softened butter
- Mix together water, milk, honey and salt.
- Add 2 cups of flour and the yeast.
- Mix until you have a loose batter.
- Cover the mixture and let rise for about 1 hour. It will look like this after an hour.
- Add the butter and the remainder of the flour and mix.
- Roll out dough on a surface sprinkled with cornmeal to about 1/2 inch thick and cut into circles.
- Let rise until doubled.
- Cook on a hot (about 350 degrees), well buttered griddle until they are light brown.
- Turn once while cooking.
- Cool and eat… or eat while hot, I cut them in half but you can also pry them open with a fork.
These homemade English muffins will pull apart with a fork when they are warm. Reheat them in the toaster or oven on low temperature.
You can use a wide mouth glass to cut the bread dough into circles, however I use a circle biscuit cutter. These cutters only cost a few dollars and are worth having in the kitchen for biscuits, cookies, and other breads.
Once you try the homemade version you won’t want to eat store bought again. If you are in a hurry, you can make these in your bread machine.
Use the dough setting and follow the steps according to your bread machine. (Some machines say to put liquid ingredients first)
Once the dough has risen in the bread machine, add the butter (step 5) and remaining flour and mix.
Then roll the dough on the cornmeal and continue the recipe directions above.
More Homemade Bread Recipes to Try:
- Homemade Bagels
- Sweet Cornbread (Whole Wheat)
- Homemade Sweet Whole Wheat Bread
- Tortillas (Delicious and Homemade!)
- Homemade Whole Wheat French Bread Rolls
- Yeast Cinnamon Rolls
Nicole S says
Great way to have a treat with no oven! Will be trying this today…thanks!
Oh YAY! I am planning to try making English muffins on my next baking day, and here is just what I needed to feel like I can do this. Thank you so much for posting this, Happy Housewife!
Toni, I’m going to give this a try! Have you ever tried freezing them? It seems like this would be a perfect candidate for a couple giant batches!
Nicole- Chasing Blue says
Absolutely easy and delish!!!!!
I’m so happy I found this website. I am definitely planning a baking day.
Love your blog (sooo glad that I recently found it!). I have a question: I’d love love love to make these homemade english muffins but I don’t have a griddle. Can I make them in the oven?
Do you have a frying pan, if so you could make them on the stove top. Not sure about the oven though.
Hey Toni, yes, I’ve got a frying pan- will try them on that! Thanks!!
Brown Thumb Mama says
Yum! I’d been making mine in loaves as English Muffin Bread, but I like the rounds so much better! Will switch over to your method this weekend.
P.S. Love the magicalcapris on your header. ;o)
Veronica @ A Quiet Heart says
I can’t wait to try this!!
Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship says
Thank you so much for joining the October Fest Carnival of Super Foods! Sorry I stalked you so bad for this recipe 😉 but we LOVE them at our house. This week is the last week, and the theme is Healthy Fats. See you then!
re: Trina – we have frozen them and they come out as great as they went in. I’ve also pushed it to 3/4 whole wheat w/ no problem. 🙂
david - living in the tree house says
wow, looks great! Veronika told me about you.
God bless you and your family
Cindy Kopeny says
Wonderful recipe, I will soooo be trying these this weekend. Thanks for the recipe!
Vanessa @ Mom's Menu Planner says
Thank you for sharing this super easy recipe! I’ve been looking for an English muffin recipe for a long time. These look great!
Jessica Percifull says
That is so NEAT!! I didn’t know it was that easy!! Will definitely try this once the ones I just bought are gone!
I made these today and they were soooo good! The outside is crispy and buttery tasting. I increased the amount of whole wheat flour to about 3/4 and cooked them on an electric frying pan. Thanks for a great recipe.
Jen @ Little Bit This n That says
I hate to be a pain, but is there a way to print this recipe w/o the pictures? Am I missing a link? Thanks!
Yes, here are the directions to print without photos. http://thehappyhousewife.com/print-feature-for-recipes/
Jen @ Little Bit This n That says
I don’t see a green print button.
I made these tonight to go with our bacon and eggs (breakfast for dinner) and we all LOVED them. I had no idea how to make english muffins – it was fun and easy!! Thank you for sharing this recipe!
Wow, I just made these and they were yummy. My husband will be so happy to have these for breakfast tomorrow morning!
Candace O says
I made these tonight, but they didn’t turn out! Not sure what I did wrong…I went back through the steps and checked but can’t find a mistake. I even used 1/2 wheat and 1/2 white. They were burning before they were done in the middle. I don’t have a griddle so I used a frying pan and started out the temp on 6. Then I worked my way down to 1 and STILL had the same problem! Any ideas on where I goofed? I was so excited about them as my little guy loves them with peanut butter for breakfast!
I’m not sure what went wrong. I think you are the first person who has had trouble with them. I’ll have to ask around and see if anyone has any suggestions.
Candace O says
Thanks for checking 🙂 Maybe it’s just a good excuse to get a griddle, right?
Yes, my thoughts exactly. You definitely need a new griddle. 😉
Although, my sister-in-law could not get anything to ever turn out in her crockpot and then one day realized she needed a new one, the one she had was cooking everything on extra high heat!
I’m trying this for the 1st time tonight! I saw it awhile ago but forgot to bookmark the page & when I got your email today I saw the pic. You have no idea how happy that made me; I’ve been aimlessly searching through my bookmarks hoping to find it for about 2 months.
what is the instant yeast
what is the instant yeast – is it the quick acting kind???
Yes, is it the fast acting or fast rise yeast.
Homeschool on the Croft says
I’ll be brief!
Is this dried yeast? And is this cornstarch?
This looks so lovely – I’d love some variety for nice long holiday breakfasts. They look delicious x
Can’t wait to try these! Thanks!
Thank you so much for this recipe. My kids who claimed they didn’t like English muffins, won’t stop eating these. I live in an area where all bread products are very expensive, so finding recipes for our favorites is a blessing.
Allyson @ a Heart for Home says
I wonder if my biscuit trick would work with these. I usually roll the dough at 2/3 thickness then fold it over on itself and give it one final roll. Then when they cook they have a built-in seam that is so easy to get them in perfect halves.
Anyone tried this with these english muffins?
I CANT WAIT TO ATTEMPT THESE!!! THANKS i just saw some of these on the food network and they looked SOOOO good! thanks!
These look so good! I’ve been looking for more breakfast ideas, my kids would love these. My only question is, do you think I could make the dough in my bread machine, and would I add all the flour right away?
Yes, you would add all the flour right away if using your bread machine.
Thank you so much! Just made them, they are so yummy!
hello, i would love to be able to print this recipe w/o the pics but there is not a print button an the link in the above comment does not work. I cant copy it either and print it that way either. Please help! Thanks
Did you click on the little printer button at the bottom of the recipe. You should see the recipe without the photos. What browser are you using? If you have a pop-up blocker you might need to disable it to use the feature. Let me know if it still doesn’t work.
I had made them this morning and it seems that they are not riseing after i cut them. any ideas why this might happen. i had also use fast acting yeast that cuts the time in half so i dont know if that was the issue.
I’m not sure. Could your yeast be bad? I’ve made these numerous times and have always had successful results.
I made these today and they are amazing. I thought these would be okay but I was very surprised at how they tasted. My 6 year old son told me he loved these so much and they were way better than the ones that we get at the store. The best part is cooking them on the griddle. I can have fresh “baked” bread without heating up the already hot house. Hubs who tends to picky also loved these. Just amazing.
I’ve searched this post with my senior-bifocaled eyes and I can’t find the “Printer Friendly” button either. I am dying to make your English Muffin recipe using our newly acquired gluten-free flours (Annalise Roberts’ Bread Flour A) and want to print the recipe for my notebook. I’m have Windows XP and searching with MSN. Help! Your recipes look fabulous and I want to make so many of them!
There should be a little “printer” icon at the bottom of the post. Click it and you will get a print friendly version.
Christina blalock says
Love the recipe, but mine were under done in the center….about how long do you cook them on each side?
Could you make these with 100% whole wheat flour?
I’ve made them 100% fresh ground whole wheat flour. I have not tried it with store bought w/w flour.
Made these today. They taste great. not all them rose though, but were good thin muffins. But then again I didn’t follow directions either lol. I only had bread machine yeast so figured i could put all ingredents, mix, roll, cut and then rise. lol nope:(. still really good and not even as thin as the commercial thin ones 🙂 , so I am happy. I think I will follow directions nextime:).
Tammy Bish says
To Candace O ~ just shape the dough into a loaf and make bread! I have the long, skinny loaf pan, but I’m sure you can cut the dough into two, put it in two standard loaf pans and still have good results! I bake on 375 for about 30 minutes … you may want to do 350 if using regular loaf pans, though!!! Good luck!!
I made these and had a few questions. Do yours have the typical air bubble “holes” in them? Mine taste good, but are quite heavy and look more like a biscuit. Could you let me know if I did something wrong? Thanks!
Michy @ lovingourjourney.com says
These look fantastic! I have food allergies and can only buy 1 brand that is “safe” for me, and they are $4 for a pack of 6…I’m thrilled to find a recipe for homemade!
Still have a question on the english muffins….. mine are heavy and not many air holes. Is this typical? Would love an answer if you have time 🙂
Like Deb, I’m wondering if these come out nice and airy? I miss good English muffins….the ones in England taste right, but are the texture Deb described, which I’m not a fan of. I was some which are full of holes to go all crunchy in the toaster!
Tried this recipe for the first time today, for those having trouble with the middles being to doughy and heavy, I too had this problem with my first 2, so for the rest I did them on a ribbed griddle (purely for aesthetics) then popped them in the oven for 15 mins. Delightfully fluffy on the inside! Thanks for the recipe 🙂
What temperature for the oven
Lilis Owensby says
Best English Muffins recipe I’ve ever tried !! I’ve been obsessed for making good tasting & good texture of homemade English Muffins. . Here in Jakarta I couldn’t find good one, except one store which is selling imported English Muffins, and the price for one package is just ridiculously expensive. I’ve tried many recipes, from a very dry dough to a wet texture batter that sit for long hours to create wholes. But none of them meet my standard of good English Muffins. I don’t buy the theory of “many wholes is the right English Muffins” anymore. I reduce about 2 or 3 tbs of the flour from your recipe only to adjust the moisture. But the result is delicious fresh homemade English Muffins. Thank you so much !!
Great recipe! How many does it make?
Is ActiceDry yeast the same as instant yeast?
This recipe looks great and I plan on trying it today! The only thing I noticed about it is the “hot” water… Yeast is killed at 140 degrees, so be careful about using hot water. It should be fine as long as the milk is cool enough, but I like to temp my liquid at around 90 degrees before combining it with yeast just to be safe. Also, if you are having problems with doughy centers, just lay them out on a tray right after grilling and pop them in a preheated oven (350 degrees) for about 5-7 minutes.
Mine were also kind of dense and not fluffy. They taste fine, but I think I might look for a recipe for English Muffins with more air holes.
Well, I managed to totally mess up the recipe and they still came out ok! I put in 2c water rather than one (was thinking of my bread recipe I guess?) and then wondered why it was a soupy mess after adding all 4c of flour. So I added extra butter, yeast, and flour and went from there! Had to bake them a little in the oven to finish them up, but they taste good! Will definitely be trying them again with the proper recipe!
These muffins are wonderful! Thank you! My first batch mistakes: misread the measure for honey and added two tablespoons, and rolled out too thick at 3/4 to nearly an inch. The added honey was yummy. The thickness caused them to take longer on the griddle, almost burned. They were still a little too doughy, so I broiled the middle for toasting. We loved them. Much better than store bought! Thanks again!
Susie Trentham says
Can these be baked instead of cooked on a griddle?