English Muffins from scratch

Deb Crane Recipe

By Deb Crane songchef

22 muffins
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I have finally come up with a sure fire way to home made English Muffins. No special equipment needed. These muffins are cooked in a frying pan. They are not like store bought, as there are no preservatives. You cant beat the freshness! These are not hard to make but as anything home baked, take a bit of time to allow them to rise. Well worth the time! They keep in the fridge for a week or you can freeze them for a few months.


1 c
2 Tbsp
2 1/2 tsp
1 c
warm water (110 degrees)
1/4 c
melted shortening (crisco)
6 c
flour (bread flour if you have it but can use regular)
1 tsp
yellow cornmeal to sprinkle on pans.

Directions Step-By-Step

Warm the milk to scalding in a small saucepan until it bubbles (150 degrees) Add the sugar and mix until dissolved. Allow to cool until lukewarm.
In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water ( 110 degrees) I add a pinch of flour and a pinch of sugar to feed the yeast. It will bubble away. Give it about 10 minutes to bubble.
In a mixer or large bowl, combine the milk,yeast mixture,melted shortening and 3 cups of the flour. Beast until smooth. Add the rest of the flour and the salt. Knead the dough.
Place in a greased bowl,cover and let rise until doubled. (About 1 1/2 hours)
Punch down dough. DO NOT over work the dough! I simply use a rolling pin and roll out to about a 1/2 inch thickness. Cut the muffins out with a biscuit cutter,drinking glass or an empty clean can. At this point, if you have the muffin forms, you can put the rounds directly into the forms that rest in the frying pans.. This is not necessary, but if you have the forms, they are beautifully even. See the pictures....I did some with the forms and some just by cutting, and they are equally just fine.
Prepare your frying pans. If using the forms, place them in the frying pans that are lightly coated with cornmeal. Place your slices of dough into the forms and sprinkle a little cornmeal on top of them as well.. Let them rise for 40 minutes, or until they rise to the top of the forms.
If you do not have the forms:
Place your slices of dough onto a cookie sheet that is lined with parchment paper and sprinkled with cornmeal.Lightly sprinkle cornmeal on top of the rounds as well.
Let rise 40 minutes, and then add them to the pans that are lightly sprinkled with cornmeal.
Either with the forms or not;
Place the rounds in the frying pans that have a sprinkling of cornmeal on the bottom and turn the heat to a low/medium. Fry them for 5 minutes and check them by peeking underneath. Flip them and fry for an additional 5 minutes.
Let cool on wire racks. DO not cut these with a knife. You want to split them with a fork. Poke the fork all the way around the middle of the muffins, and then gently tear apart. This will keep all the nooks and crannies nice. :)

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: English
Hashtags: #muffin, #english

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Deb Crane songchef
Aug 22, 2012
Reminds me of a hint I heard about for large amount of cup cakes.
Use canning rings and put the paper liners in the middle of each on a baking sheet. That way you can bake as many as can fit on a large cookie sheet and not just 12 at a time with the cup cake pans! Heck, the tuna tins would work as well! :) I bet we could think of hundreds of uses for them! :)
Marsha Gardner mrdick1950
Aug 22, 2012
Glad you like the idea. I will have to make English muffins for my husband this weekend. He loves to make his own Egg McMuffins.
Deb Crane songchef
Aug 22, 2012
The cans are a very good idea! Long ago I bought the round forms. I wanted them to make crumpets and they work for the english muffins too.
Tuna cans are genius!
Marsha Gardner mrdick1950
Aug 22, 2012
Tuna fish cans with both the top and bottom removed can be used instead of store boughten forms.
Thea Pappalardo Sassy01
May 4, 2012
Thanks, Deb. I may have kneaded it for too long. After it rose, I didn't knead it a 2nd time because you did say not to overwork it. My dough was so stiff, I couldn't do a darned thing with the scraps. I'm definitely going to try again.