My kids love english muffins with jelly so I looked for a recipe but they were all different. So I made my own had a couple trial an errors but I think this came out good. I make them every weekend and they love them with jam or as a breakfast sandwich. They have a ton of flavor and are pretty easy to make.
1In a small pot melt butter and shortening add milk and heat up until it is warm to the touch turn off stove and set aside. In a large bowl add warm water, yeast and sugar mix and let sit in a warm place until it is foamy about 10 minutes.
2In a food processor or mixer or by hand add flour, salt, yeast mixture, and milk mixture. Combine until a dough forms you might need more flour if dough is too sticky. Knead for 5 minutes until it is soft and smooth ball. Place the dough in a large oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 1 hour.
After the hour dough will be doubled in size punch dough down. Roll dough out about about 1/2 inch thick. With a round cutter biscuit or cookie cut out dough. I usually cut out 26 with my cutter. Place in a parchment lined paper floured liberally or sometimes I use cornmeal so the dough won't stick to the paper very important so you can pickup muffins with ease. I prefer to use corn meal but sometimes I don't have it so I use flour. cover the cut out muffins with plastic wrap and let them rise for 45 minutes. To ensure another second rise I turn my oven to the lowest level and let it warm up for 15 minutes than turn it off. I put my muffin trays in the oven and turn light on. And they rise with out any problems.
3After the second rice heat up your griddle or cast iron skillet the a low heat and let it heat up for 5 minutes. I use a cast iron skillet they brown up beautifully. Place muffins on the skillet no need to oil or butter but you can do it if you want to. Cook them on low heat for 4-5 minutes on each side until they are firm to the touch. That is all to it pretty simple and easy. Enjoy with butter and jam or just by them selves are good. If when you pick them up they deflate when placing them in the griddle or pan don't panic they will rise again when they are cooking. It happened to me couple of times but they will rise back again. Just make sure your tray is well floured or use corn meal seems to work better before the second rise.