Making homemade English muffins is extremely possible. It's also much easier than I ever would have expected. It's a simple dough recipe, that has to rise like most dough. Then the dough is cooked on...wait for it...a GRIDDLE. Who knew you could make a whole roll on a griddle??
While these won't be something you make every day, they are a fun and delicious weekend breakfast. This recipe makes a large batch, so you can freeze the leftovers. They reheat really easily. Just pop them in a 400 F oven for about 10 minutes.
- 1 3/4 cups milk (scalded and cooled to lukewarm)
- 3 tablespoons butter (room temperature)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- 1 egg (beaten)
- 2 teaspoons instant yeast
- 5 cups bread flour (regular flour works, too but bread flour gives it a better consistency)
- 1/4 cup corn meal (or semolina or farina, more or less, for dusting the griddle)
Gather the ingredients.
Combine the milk, butter, salt, sugar, and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix gently using the paddle attachment. Add in the beaten egg.
Slowly add in the flour as the mixer is running.
Continue to beat the mixture on medium speed for about 5 minutes. The dough should start to pull away from the sides of the bowl at that point and will look smooth and satin-like. It will be a very soft dough and will also be quite stretchy. If it doesn't start to pull away from the bowl, scrape down the sides with a spatula.
Cover the bowl with a cloth and place in a warm place. Let the dough rise for an hour to two hours.
Split the dough into 16 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and gently flatten. Dip both sides of the dough disk into the semolina or farina and place directly on a cool griddle. Those that won't fit on the griddle can be place on a parchment lined and semolina dusted sheet pan. Cover the rolls with a towel and let rise for another 20 minutes.
Turn the heat on very low under the griddle. Cook for 7-12 minutes on each side, checking to make sure they are not over browned. If they are browned on both sides before they seem done in the middle, just place them in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes. Cook the remaining muffins.
Allow them to cool slightly and split them with a fork to get those nooks and crannies!