Most English Muffins, both store-bought and homemade, contain some sort of dairy ingredients, whether milk, non-fat dry milk or another dairy-derived ingredient like whey or casein. However, these little muffins are dairy-free and easier to make than you might suspect! And guess what? They are not even made in the oven! English muffins are so wonderful in the morning with homemade jam, dairy-free soy margarine, coconut oil or peanut butter and bananas for dairy-free kids. You can also use them as you might use a bagel for lighter lunch-time sandwiches with a bit of tomato, cucumber, sprouts, avocado and a sprinkling of salt and pepper.
- 1 cup water (warm, not hot)
- 1 cup unsweetened soy milk (warm, not hot)
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 package active dry yeast (1/4 ounce)
- 5 1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup soy margarine (melted)
- Garnish: cornmeal, for dusting
In a large mixing bowl, gently whisk together the warm water, warm soy milk, sugar, and yeast to dissolve the sugar. Let stand for 5 minutes or until foamy. Meanwhile, sift together the flour and salt in another bowl.
Mix the melted soy margarine into the yeast mixture, taking care that your margarine is lukewarm and not hot. Add the flour mixture in several additions, until forming a soft, though not sticky, dough. Knead just until elastic, then return to a lightly oiled bowl and cover for 1 hour to 1 1/2 hour, or until doubled in bulk.
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and sprinkle the parchment paper generously with cornmeal. Punch down the dough, but do not over-knead. Turn the dough out onto a clean work surface, and using a lightly-floured round biscuit cutter, cut the dough into circles, placing the muffins on the prepared sheet as your work. Cover loosely with a clean dish towel and let rise for 30-40 minutes.
Heat a lightly oiled griddle to 300 F, or over low heat. Carefully place the muffins on the griddle, and cook for 10 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned. (This is the part where the muffins puff a bit on the inside and make all those nooks and crannies!) Transfer English muffins to a wire cooling rack to cool. Store in plastic bread bags for up to a week.
*This recipe as written is suitable for dairy-free and vegan diets, but as with any recipe intended for persons with dietary restrictions or allergies, make sure to read the ingredients labels on all ingredients to make sure that there are no hidden dairy-derived components or other allergens that apply to you.