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buttered English muffins on a plate

English Muffins

  • Author: Adapted from King Arthur Flour
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 45 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 mins
  • Yield: 16 muffins 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: English

Description

Homemade English muffins with all the nooks and crannies! Serve toasted with butter and jam for a true breakfast or teatime treat.


Ingredients

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  • 4 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Semolina, farina or cornmeal, for sprinkling on the griddle

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, add flour, sugar, yeast, salt and egg (do not stir).
  2. Combine milk and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat; stir and heat until an instant read thermometer reads between 110 and 115°F. Remove from heat.
  3. Pour milk mixture into bowl; stir just until a dough forms. Use dough hook attachment to knead dough in stand mixer 5 minutes until dough is smooth, soft, elastic and pulls away from the sides of the bowl; OR, turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hand 10 minutes until dough is smooth, soft and elastic.
  4. Shape dough into a ball and place in a lightly oiled large bowl; turn to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let dough rise in a warm place 1 hour until doubled.
  5. Meanwhile, lightly spray a griddle or large pan (or two) with cooking spray, then sprinkle generously with semolina or farina. Heat oven to 350°F.
  6. Punch down risen dough; divide into 16 equal pieces. Gently shape each piece into a ball; press down to a 3 to 3 1/2-inch diameter. Place dough pieces on prepared griddle or pan about 1 inch apart (depending on the size of your griddle/pan, they will not all fit. Place the extras on a baking sheet sprinkled with semolina or farina, and cover with a sheet of parchment paper).
  7. Turn on griddle to low heat (about 275°F) or place pan over low heat on stovetop. Cook muffins 7 to 15 minutes each side until deep golden brown. If muffins puff up too much during cooking (and they probably will), cover them with a sheet of parchment paper and place a baking sheet on top to act as a weight. The muffins are cooked through when an instant read thermometer inserted in the center reads about 200°F.
  8. If the muffins are sufficiently browned on both sides but are still not fully cooked in the center, place them on a clean baking sheet and transfer to the preheated oven for about 10 minutes.
  9. Repeat the whole cooking/baking process (steps 7 and 8) with remaining dough.
  10. Cool muffins completely. Use a fork to gently pry muffins open, so you get all the nooks and crannies.

Notes

  • If you only have active dry yeast on hand, use 2 3/4 teaspoons for this recipe.

Keywords: bread flour English muffins, enriched dough, griddle bread