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How to Make the Best Homemade English Muffins

Updated on June 7, 2016
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Vespa's recipes have appeared in "Midwest Living" & "Taste of Home" magazines. She belongs to "Cook's Recipe Testers" for Cooks Illustrated.

Best homemade English muffins
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Homemade English Muffins with Nooks and Crannies

English muffins are one of my favorite breakfast breads. When I was a child, I'd tiptoe into the kitchen before sunrise, split open an English muffin and toast it. Then I'd slather on butter and watch it melt, filling the muffin's nooks and crannies with golden pools.

The difference between crumpets and English muffins has long been an issue of debate. Although each has distinct characteristics, it all boils down to one difference: crumpets belong to Britain and English muffins to America. In the UK, crumpets are eaten with butter at breakfast or for tea. English muffins, America's answer to crumpets, are usually split and toasted, fashioned into a sandwich, or served open-face as Eggs Benedict.

I'm very finicky about my English muffins. They must be chewy and full of nooks and crannies. When I began making English muffins, I went to Alton Brown. I love Alton Brown's recipes and his English muffins are no exception. But there was one problem: the texture. More bready than chewy, the muffins resembled a breakfast roll rather than an English muffin. And the nooks and crannies were non-existent.

So I went back to square one. I tried recipes that call for a thicker dough, cut out like a biscuit. This method only makes breadier muffins. At a friend's suggestion, I added baking soda at the end of the final rise. Still no nooks and crannies and the texture also fell short.

Then I realized that the problem was not so much the ingredients as the method. I was sure over-proofing the yeast with an overnight rise would be the answer to my problem. I went back to Alton Brown's recipe, tweaked it slightly and left the batter-like dough to rise overnight in the fridge. In the morning, I scooped the dough into muffin rings and cooked them on the griddle. Voila! Authentic English muffins, with chewy texture and enough nooks and crannies to please even the Queen of England.

Another nice feature of this recipe: not only is prep a cinch, but an overnight rise makes things come together quickly in the morning. And homemade English muffins are infinitely better than anything sold in a grocery store. I've also included a recipe for blueberry English muffins, similar to Wolferman's famous muffins. Slightly sweet and full of fruit, they make a gorgeous addition to the breakfast table.


Tips

  • Plain yogurt gives the muffins a pleasant "sourdough" flavor.
  • You can use a hand mixer, bread maker, food processor or stand mixer to knead the dough. Follow the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Before kneading, you have to proof the yeast. See discussion below.
  • Overproofing the dough, recommended here, makes it rise high then begin to collapse, which gives the English muffins their unique texture.
  • You can substitute 1 1/4 cups of milk for the powdered milk and warm water.
  • You can make the muffins free-form, but for perfectly round muffins you'll need to invest in English muffin rings.
  • DonĀ“t allow the dough to rise after pouring it into the rings. It will rise on the hot griddle during cooking.
  • Authentic English muffins are cooked on a griddle. You can use either an electric or stovetop model. I finish mine in the oven so as not to over-brown them.
  • We like English muffins best cooled, split, and toasted for crunchy texture.

Norpro Muffin Rings, Set of 4
Norpro Muffin Rings, Set of 4

A great set of muffin rings

 

How to Proof Yeast

Yeast is a living organism and must be activated to make the bread rise.

  1. Heat 1/4 cup water to about 110 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit, or 43 to 45 degrees Celsius. It should feel warm to the touch, not hot. Water that is too hot will kill the yeast, but if it's too cold, the yeast won't be activated.
  2. Add 2 teaspoons active dry yeast and stir. Add 1/4 teaspoon each of sugar and flour.
  3. Let the yeast rest for about five minutes. It should begin to foam and smell like baking bread.
  4. Follow steps in the "instructions" section below.


Perfect Homemade English Muffins

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 12 English muffins
4.3 stars from 4 ratings of English Muffins

Inspired by Alton Brown's English Muffin Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup dry (powdered) milk
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar (brown or white)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups plus 2 Tablespoons unbleached flour
  • 1 cup warm water (110-115 degrees Fahrenheit or 43-46 Celsius)
  • 1 Tablespoon plain yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • proofed yeast (see above capsule)
  • extra butter, softened, for greasing rings
  • cornmeal, for sprinkling

Photo Tutorial

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Combine dry ingredientsProof the yeastCombine wet and dry ingredientsBlend or mix thoroughlyReady for overnight riseOil griddle and sprinkle with cornmealButter the rings.......and flour the rings.Place rings on griddleScoop batter into ringsCover rings with baking sheetReady to flipGolden brown English muffins
Combine dry ingredients
Combine dry ingredients
Proof the yeast
Proof the yeast
Combine wet and dry ingredients
Combine wet and dry ingredients
Blend or mix thoroughly
Blend or mix thoroughly
Ready for overnight rise
Ready for overnight rise
Oil griddle and sprinkle with cornmeal
Oil griddle and sprinkle with cornmeal
Butter the rings...
Butter the rings...
....and flour the rings.
....and flour the rings.
Place rings on griddle
Place rings on griddle
Scoop batter into rings
Scoop batter into rings
Cover rings with baking sheet
Cover rings with baking sheet
Ready to flip
Ready to flip
Golden brown English muffins
Golden brown English muffins

Instructions

  1. Proof the yeast as directed in the section above, "How to Proof Yeast."
  2. Combine dry ingredients (powdered milk, sugar, salt and flour) in a medium mixing bowl.
  3. Add wet ingredients (melted butter, water and yogurt) and proofed yeast to dry ingredients.
  4. Use a hand or stand mixer, processor or bread maker to knead the dough. Consult the manufacturer's instructions. This takes approximately five minutes.
  5. Pour dough into a medium mixing bowl, cover with plastic wrap and leave it overnight in the refrigerator.
  6. By morning the dough should have "overproofed," which means it will have fully risen and begun to collapse. Remove mixing bowl from the refrigerator and set on countertop while preparing the muffin rings.
  7. Grease and flour muffin rings as seen in photo. Grease griddle and dust with cornmeal.
  8. Set rings on griddle and turn heat on low.
  9. Grease a 1/4 cup measure. Scoop 1/4 cup of dough into each ring.
  10. Place a baking sheet on top of the rings and allow to cook on the first side for 6-10 minutes, depending on the temperature of your griddle.
  11. Flip rings over and cook on the second side for about 6 minutes, being careful not to burn them.
  12. Transfer English muffins to a 350 Fahrenheit oven for 5 minutes to finish them.
  13. Enjoy them warm or, better yet, let them cool before splitting and toasting. Serve English muffins full of nooks & crannies with plenty of real butter!

Serving Suggestions

Top toasted English muffins with butter, peanut butter, cream cheese, Nutella, jam, or honey.

Split leftover English muffins in half and make mini-pizzas. Slather muffins with pizza sauce, add your favorite toppings, and broil until bubbly and golden brown.

How to Make an English Muffin Sandwich

English muffin sandwich with egg, roasted peppers, and spinach
English muffin sandwich with egg, roasted peppers, and spinach | Source

Instructions

  1. Melt one tablespoon of butter in a medium skillet over medium-low heat.
  2. Place muffin ring on melted butter.
  3. Crack 1-2 eggs into muffin ring. Cover ring with a plate or small lid.
  4. Allow egg to cook for 1-2 minutes. When the white has turned opaque and firm, use a spatula to flip the ring.
  5. Fry on other side until egg is cooked through.
  6. Sandwich the egg between two toasted English muffins.

Egg in muffin ring
Egg in muffin ring

Variations

  • Egg McMuffin: egg, Canadian bacon and American cheese
  • The Classic: egg, bacon or sausage and cheddar cheese
  • Italian Delight: egg, roasted red pepper and spinach

How to Make Blueberry English Muffins

Blueberry English muffins with berry cream cheese
Blueberry English muffins with berry cream cheese | Source

In the tradition of Wolferman's, these are sweeter and softer than traditional English muffins and are filled with fruit.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup dry (powdered) milk
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup room temperature milk
  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110-115 Fahrenheit)
  • 1/2 teaspoon each white sugar and flour
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries, rehydrated and drained*

*Place dried blueberries in a cup of boiling water and soak for at least one hour.

Instructions

  1. Combine 1/2 teaspoon sugar and flour with 1/4 cup warm water. Add 2 teaspoons yeast and stir. Allow to rest while you follow steps 2-4.
  2. Measure dry ingredients into a medium mixing bowl.
  3. Pour milk and melted butter into a small bowl.
  4. When yeast begins to bubble and smells like baking bread, add it to the milk and butter.
  5. Combine wet and dry ingredients.
  6. Using a hand or stand mixer, food processor or bread maker, knead dough according to manufacturer's instructions, about five minutes.
  7. Place dough in medium mixing bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Allow to rise overnight in the refrigerator.
  8. The next morning, follow steps 7-15 of the authentic English muffin recipe above.
  9. Serve with butter, or blueberry cream cheese. Enjoy!

Variations:

Instead of blueberries, try dried cranberries with a touch of orange zest, dried cherries, or cinnamon and raisins.

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    vespawoolf 18 months ago from Peru, South America

    That's great to know beckbjj! I'll add buttermilk powder to my thing to get list!

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    beckbjj 18 months ago

    Just made these again and realized I must've forgotten to report back about using the buttermilk powder, because I used it my last batch as well as this batch. I decided I'd like a little extra tang in my English muffins, so rather than eliminating the yogurt I actually kept the yogurt and also added a tablespoon of buttermilk powder with the dry ingredients, without changing anything else (i.e. I did not reduce the powdered milk). Both the last batch and the batch I just made turned out great, with lots of beautiful nooks and crannies and excellent flavor. So I'd say adding a tablespoon of buttermilk powder is a nice addition to an already outstanding recipe.

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    beckbjj 21 months ago

    I made these again today and tried substituting 1 Tbs. of buttermilk powder for the 1 Tbs. yogurt (mainly because I was out of yogurt), and they look great! I haven't tried them yet but I'm sure they'll be delicious as always. So if anyone out there is weird like me and sometimes doesn't have yogurt but always has buttermilk powder, you can use buttermilk powder to add the tang. I think 1 Tbs. of actual buttermilk would also work very well.

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    Kristen Howe 22 months ago from Northeast Ohio

    You're very welcome Vespa!

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    vespawoolf 22 months ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you Kristen Howe!

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    Kristen Howe 22 months ago from Northeast Ohio

    Delicious recipe to make your own English muffins! Voted up for useful!

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    vespawoolf 24 months ago from Peru, South America

    Wow, I'd love to get my hands on freshly milled wheat! We get our milk from a farmer in the community and I'm happy to say it's hormone free and delicious. We also tend to eat our homemade English muffins too quickly. : )

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    vespawoolf 24 months ago from Peru, South America

    I'm so glad to hear it @beckbjj! I've also decided to make a batch for breakfast tomorrow. Thank you!

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    beckbjj 24 months ago

    I just did the yogurt this time, but next time I'll try the buttermilk powder and will let you know. It probably won't be long because once I make these, I just can't stop eating them, so they don't last long. I love that you make your own yogurt! My best friend is a dairy farmer, but he lives too far away for me to get his good milk. :-( I do use flour from locally grown, locally milled wheat though, and it's amazing.

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    vespawoolf 24 months ago from Peru, South America

    No I haven't beckbjj. Buttermilk isn't available in Peru but I do make my own yogurt so this recipe was born from the locally available ingredients. Pmease let me know if you try buutermilk so I can make the information availableto others. It sounds like a good substitution since both buttermilk and yogurt and acidic.

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    beckbjj 24 months ago

    Well, I tried to edit my comment (the one asking about buttermilk powder), but I'm having some kind of browser problem.

    Anyway, I wanted to add that I made these about a month ago and they are excellent. Making them again today!

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    beckbjj 24 months ago

    Just curious, have you ever tried using buttermilk powder instead of plain milk powder, either instead of or in addition to the yogurt?

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    Megha verma raghav 2 years ago from delhi

    This looks really delicious.. I liked them a lottt... Thanx for sharing such a wonderful recipe... :)

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    Dan 2 years ago

    Hello Vespa. My name is Dan and I am a founder of Easy Fast Recipes website. Many thanks for this lovely Homemade English Muffins recipe! Simple and affordable ingredients, easy to follow step by step instructions. This is yummy easy fast recipe and it's surely going into my bookmark list.

    Keep up the good work. I am looking forward for more easy food recipes in the future.

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Ecogranny, I hope the cold proofing method helps! I wish we were neighbors so I could taste your delicious and healthful concoctions!

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    Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

    I've been making whole wheat sourdough muffins for a while now, but they never have that irregular cellular structure I'm looking for, turning out instead more like bread.

    I do proof the dough overnight, but always in a the oven, with the oven light turned on for warmth. I'll try your cold proofing method and see if it makes any difference.

    Thank you so much for your tips and the photographs!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    I hope tou can find the time Arachnea.

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you psyraubie48. I know you are quite a baker!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Phyllis Doyle, please let me know what tou think of the homemade English muffins!

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    Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

    O yes please. I love to bake breads. I have never made an English muffin; these look divine. I will be trying them soon.

    Pinned shared voted up up and away

    Angels are on the way to you today ps

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    Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

    I love English muffins and have never tried making them. Your recipe has tempted me to make my first batch of them. I bookmarked so I can come back and get the ingredients when I go shopping. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    Voted up, u,a,i and H+

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    Tanya Jones 2 years ago from Texas USA

    I've been wanting to make my own English muffins for ages. Just can't seem to find the time.

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    These are delicious English muffins Hendrika. Enjoy!

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    Hendrika 2 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

    Thank you for the recipes and tutorials on English Muffins. I have been considering them for quite a while, I have even bought the yeast already! Maybe now is the time to go for it.

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Carb Diva, your comment lives up to your name! I hope you try them sometime. Thanks!

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    Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

    vespawoolf - I love to bake bread, and I love English muffins, but (strangely) had never considered the baking of English muffins at home something one could achieve. I believe you have rocked my world! Great hub. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    I´m so glad to hear of your success, Soh, and thank you for the review. I´ve added your adjustment to the "tips" section of this recipe so others can benefit from it as well. Have a great year!

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    Soh 2 years ago

    What a great recipe! Thank you for sharing. My 2nd attempt was a lot better -- the first time when I added 1 cup warm milk, the muffins turned out a tad wet. I didn't have milk powder, so on my 2nd try, I added a little fresh milk and warm water combined (ie. 1/4 cup in total). They turned out great, with lots of nooks and crannies -- a wonderful way to kick start the new year!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Soh, I have never used instant yeast. It rises quicker and so may not be suitable for this recipe. You can omit the milk powder and substitute 1 cup warm milk. No, you don't have to allow the dough to rise again. Just scoop into the rings and it will rise on the griddle as you are cooking the muffins. Enjoy and let me know how it goes!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Soh, I use all-purpose, bread or unbleached flour in this recipe. You can also try half white wheat for a healthier variation.

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    Soh 2 years ago

    i can't wait to make these today! I was wondering if i should use plain, all-purpose flour, or bread flour for this recipe? Does it make a difference?

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    Soh 2 years ago

    I only have instant yeast, how do I substitute that for active dry yeast. Can I omit the milk powder -- if I were to use fresh milk, 1.5 cups converts to close to 290 ml and that seems an awful lot of liquid for this recipe? Lastly, after removing the proofed dough from the fridge in the morning, must I punch it down and wait for it to double in size in the English Muffin rings? Thanks much for your help!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you for your kind words janshares! I really appreciate the rating and votes!

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    Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

    My goodness, glad this is circulating again. The clueless, non-baker I am, thought English muffins were made by a machine. I didn't think that the texture, nooks, and crannies could be achieved homemade. I am also impressed by the immaculate look of this hub. Great presentation and formatting, vespawoolf. Your images are stunning. I gave this recipe hub a 5-star rating, voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, and interesting.

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks for the comment and pin, ShariBerry! English muffin with peanut butter is one of my favorite breakfast treats.

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    Sharon Berry 2 years ago from Michigan

    I have a Thomas' English muffin every morning for breakfast spread with creamy peanut butter. I can't wait to try this recipe! I love the nooks and crannies too. I'm pinning this.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Tundra55, thanks for your input on the difference between crumpets and English muffins. I haven't had much success with the free-form style of English muffins and find them lacking in character.

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    tundra55 3 years ago

    Crumpets are very different from English muffins. Crumpets are cooked on a griddle in crumpet rings, on one side only. English muffins are not typically baked in rings. English muffin dough is typically stiff enough to hold its shape when baked freeform on a griddle, turned once during the bake time.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    DonnaCaprio, it's nice to meet another baker and I'm glad you're going to try your hand at English muffins. Please let me know how it goes!

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    Donna Caprio Quinlan 3 years ago from Newburyport, MA

    I enjoy baking and often bake muffins and scones. I have never tried to make english muffins, but after reading your hub I am looking forward to trying them.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Gamia, I'm so glad this recipe worked for you. I will add the milk substitution in the tips section for others who would like to avoid powdered milk. Thanks so much for your feedback! I really appreciate it.

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    Deborah 3 years ago

    OMG! I made these this morning and all I can say is...Divine! I used the 1 1/4 cup milk in place of dry milk as you suggested and still got lots of nooks and crannies! I will never eat store bought again! Being wheat sensitive, the overnight rise gobbles up all that nasty phytic acid making these so very digestable! It's a keeper! thank you! They are a most traditional food!

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Gamia, thank you for your enthusiasm! I always right click with the mouse and then click on the print option. You can try 1 1/4 cups of warm milk instead of the water and milk powder, although I have never tried it. I hope you still get lots of nooks and crannies!

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    Deborah 3 years ago

    I cannot wait to make these! Nooks and crannies are a must! Is there a substitute for dry milk that will work? I never use the stuff! :) And...How do I print it!? I am new to Hub Pages!

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    manl, I've tried both with and without proofing and I prefer the texture of the muffins with the extra step. Either way, though, you can't beat homemade muffins. Blueberries are my favorite. Enjoy!

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    manl 3 years ago

    oh ic...thanks

    co's i'm using instant dry yeast so just thinking if proofing step can be skipped.....

    i just made the dough, and also bought blueberries to make jams....can't wait to try the blueberry muffin :)

    thanks again for your great recipe

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    manl, you need the 1 cup plus 1/4 cup water for the dough to be the right consistency. I don't recommend skipping the proofing step, either, or the English muffins won't have their unique texture with plenty of nooks & crannies. I have adjusted the recipe to make the information about quantities a little clearer. Thanks for coming by! Feel free to ask any more questions that might come up.

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    manl 3 years ago

    hello, thanks for your sharing & tips

    am i just omit this quantity in reciept in case i don't need to proof yeast? or i still need to add back 1/4 cup warm water in?

    1/4 teaspoon each sugar and flour (for proofing yeast)

    1/4 cup warm water (for proofing yeast)

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Rebeccamealey, it's always so nice to hear from you! I totally agree...the blueberry muffins are mouth-watering. Thanks for coming by again.

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    Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    Revisiting this one for about the third time, LOL. I can't ever resist that mouth-watering intro photo. And the blueberry? So divine!

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    CarrieLeeNight, thank you! I hope you can enjoy these delicious homemade English muffins some time.

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    Kept private 3 years ago from Northeast United States

    Yummy ! Thank you for writing this recipe hub :) Have a wonderful week.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Gsc87: In the UK, crumpets are the closest thing to what we call English muffins in the U.S. In England, there is really no such thing as an "English muffin" which is an American term. A British friend told me that in the area of England where she grew up, a muffin was more akin to a sweet cake. I hope that clears things up a little bit and I hope you can try these delicious homemade "English muffins" sometime. Thank you for taking the time to read and ask a question.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Missy Mac, I'm glad you're going to try this recipe. Enjoy! English muffins with sausage are hard to beat in the morning. : )

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    Missy Mac 3 years ago from Illinois

    I start my morning with a English muffin with turkey sausage. I will try this recipe!!! I love honey on English muffins . Thanks for sharing.

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    Gsc87 3 years ago

    I'm confused about the English muffins and crumpet thing. I'm from England and you can buy both from the grocery store. The English muffins taste the same as the store-bought ones over here and completely different to a crumpet - no nooks and crannies. I've only ever tried to make crumpets which didn't work out that well and haven't yet got round to trying them again but I get that homemade muffins would taste like crumpets. It just begs the question what are the English muffins in the store.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    MarkRyanBriones, thank you for your comment.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Anita Saran, we've used half whole wheat flour for deliciously wholesome English muffins. Thanks for coming by!

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    Mark Ryan Briones 3 years ago from Philippines

    This is great! Thank you for sharing. :)

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    Anita Saran 3 years ago from Bangalore, India

    Lovely. I'd use whole wheat flour though. Voted up/

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    twig22bend, English muffins are so delicious. I appreciate your comment.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Muldercub, English muffin pizzas are delicious! I'm glad you mentioned them--I'll have to try that next time I make a batch of muffins. Thanks for coming by!

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    twig22bend 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. I just love english muffins.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    epbooks, I'm glad you're going to try homemade English muffins. They're so much better than store-bought that you may be spoiled after you taste them! Thank you for coming by.

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    Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

    I've never made them before, but I love English muffins. I think I have a few boxes in the house now! I'll have to try this one day.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Rebeccamealey, thank you for your meaningful comment. They are delicious English muffins and worth the little bit of effort it takes to make them. It's always nice to see you!

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    Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    Crunchy and full of nooks and crannies is a great way to describe these delicious looking English muffins. I did not know they were basically the same thing as crumpets! Great detailed and photographed steps!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    rose-the-planner, there's nothing like homemade and English muffins are no exception. Thanks for coming by and I hope you enjoy them!

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    rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

    They look delicious! I have got to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Kathryn Stratford, I'm glad you enjoyed these English muffins! Thanks so much for the feedback. The rings really aren't important for anything other than the appearance. I have friends who make them free-form, without the rings. I appreciate your comment!

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    Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    Hello again, Vespawoolf, I made these! I don't have muffin rings (yet), so they don't look quite the same. But they taste good! I will buy the rings soon, so next time I can make the "authentic" kind. Thanks again for sharing the recipe. I'm excited!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Natashalh, I'm glad you enjoyed learning more about how to make English muffins. Your dad must have been quite the cook! I appreciate the vote and comment and pin.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Kathryn Stratford, I'm always happy to meet a fellow lover of from-scratch cooking. Homemade English muffins are so much more delicious than anything that can be bought in a grocery store. Enjoy and thanks for your comment!

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    Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

    This is fantastic! My dad used to make English muffins when I was a kid. He tried to explain it once to me, but I didn't remember anything and just ended up confused. Thanks so much! Voting up and pinning.

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    Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    I looked at this before, but this time I read it all of the way through. I am happy to find a recipe like this, but disappointed I can't make it for supper! I will definitely put this on my list of things to make soon. Thanks for sharing it with us! I'm going to share it, because this is great. I love finding new things to make from scratch!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    KristenWalsh, enjoy! We just love these English muffins and talking about them makes me want to whip up a batch right now. Thanks for coming by!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Ayelet, there's nothing like homemade English muffins. Enjoy and thank you for your comment!

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    Kristen 4 years ago from US

    I'm a big fan of English Muffins and I love making bread. I can't wait to give your recipe a try.

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    Ayelet 4 years ago

    Yum - will be trying these soon!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    rumanasaiyed, thanks for the votes, comment and share!

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    Rumana 4 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

    Awesome recipe ,Vespawoolf. Voted up Useful and Shared

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Nancygene, thanks so much for your review. I'm glad the recipe is easier to read, too, and appreciate your feedback. I also enjoy the slightly sour flavor the yogurt gives to the muffins and am glad you're adding the recipe to your repertoire. : )

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    nancygene 4 years ago

    Thanks for fixing the recipe so that it is much easier to read. I think it will work so much better for someone that has never baked using yeast. I made up the dough yesterday and fried them up today. They turned out very good and I will definitely try this recipe again. I have seen a lot of "Alton Brown" recipes out there, but I like this one because it has the yogurt in it. Thanks again.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    nancygene, thank you for asking for clarification. The 1/4 teaspoon sugar and flour are to "feed" the yeast during the proofing process. As long as the yeast didn't proof for too long, it shouldn't be a problem to omit them. The melted butter goes into the English muffin dough with the other wet ingredients.

    I have revised the instructions to make them clearer. Please let me know what you think if you have a chance to re-read them. I'd be interested to know how the muffins turn out without the melted butter.

    I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

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    nancygene 4 years ago

    I made this recipe today and have put my mixture in the frig for tomorrow. Howeer, I must be the only one, but I found the instructions a bit confusing. I am assuming you used the 1/4 cup warm water to proof the yeast, but I am wondering what the extra 1/4 tsp sugar and flour are for? I thought the 1/4 tsp sugar would be to proof the yeast, but the 1/4 tsp flour is for what?

    Also, is the melted butter for the wet ingredients or is this the butter I should use to coat my muffin rings?

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Hannah Ercolini, enjoy the English muffins! I agree, there just aren't many good recipes out there but this one works for me every time. I like the overnight rise since I enjoy eating the muffins for breakfast. Thank you for coming by!

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    Hannah Ercolini 4 years ago

    Yummy! I'll need to try this. I have never found a good recipe for making english muffins. Thank you!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Vickiw, I'm glad you enjoyed the English muffins! We love them. Technically, instant yeast doesn't need to be activated with water, but since they don't market it here in Peru I haven't actually tried it. I would be interested in hearing your experience if you try the instant. Thank you for coming by to leave your review! Have a great day.

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    Vickiw 4 years ago

    I made your English muffins this morning, and they turned out just great. Thank you so much for sharing this. Question: if I use instant yeast, can I just leave out the initial steps for activating the yeast?

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    rumintasari, we don't have muffins in Peru, either, but these homemade muffins are so much more delicious than the stuff you can buy anyway!

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    Ruminta Sari 4 years ago from Sleman

    looks yummy... we don't have muffins here..

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    PegCole, I hope you enjoy the muffins. I make them regularly and sometimes I add whole wheat or garbanzo flour to make them more wholesome. They are so much more delicious than the store bought type. Thank you for coming by!

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    Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

    This is exactly what I've been looking to find. English muffins are a favorite around my house but the store bought ones keep getting smaller and they don't work well in the toaster. This recipe will give me the chance to make them from scratch. I love your tips on how to make the nooks and crannies and all your illustrations and instructions were great!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Vickiw, I´m glad this recipe inspired you to write your own! Please check out my hub series on How to Write your own recipes to learn more! Thank you for your comment.

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    Vickiw 4 years ago

    I always make my own very similar technique. Never buy bread either. Good for you. Your article is awesome! That has inspired me to write a recipe article.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Shai, homemade muffins are so much better than the kind you buy in grocery stores. Actually, I never would have thought to make them but for the fact that we can't buy them in Peru! Thank you for visiting me, and for the vote and comment.

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    Chen 4 years ago

    Amazingly, as good as English muffins are, I've never thought of ever making one from scratch. Now after reading this, I wonder why it never occurred to me. Thanks for sharing this, it looks delicious and can't wait to try it. VU & useful.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Ignugent, of course homemade is always more delicious than store bought! I hope you enjoy them and thank you for the vote and comment.

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    ignugent17 4 years ago

    We always buy Englsih muffins. I would try to do your recipe.

    Thanks for sharing. :-)

    Voted up and useful.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Lindacee, I know what you mean about craving what you don't have! I also tend to crave things I never eat while living in the U.S. These English muffins are so much more delicious than the store bought version. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I look forward to reading more of your interesting hubs.

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    lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

    Great recipes, photos and tutorial, vespawoolf! I lived in Uruguay for 3 years and there were no English muffins available. Even though I don't eat them very often, I found myself craving them while we were "down South" and even tried making them a few times. Wish I'd had your recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Rebeccamealey, the McMuffin is the only fast food breakfast sandwich I will eat, too, and it doesn't exit in Peru (even at the McDonald's), so that's one of the reasons I learned to make it at home. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos and recipe!

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    Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    I love English muffins. The only fast food breakfast I will eat is the McMuffin. I never thought about making them at home. How cool! Thanks for sharing and the photos are awesome!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    I think you'll be amazed at how delicious homemade English muffins are. They make grocery store muffins taste like cardboard! I hope you have a chance to try them, Happyboomernurse. Thanks so much for the votes, share and comment.

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    It would never have occurred to me to cook home made English Muffins. I've always relied on ready-made Thomas' brand, but your photos definitely make me think I've been missing out on something great.

    Am voting this hub up across the board except for funny, sharing and giving it a 5 star rating.

    Thanks for sharing these great tips and variations on a classic American breakfast and sandwich food.

    Hub Hugs,

    Gail

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks, Thelma Alberts. There's nothing like homemade!

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    Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

    I love English muffins. Your recipes sound easy to make. I´ll bookmark this hub for later use. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    KoffeeKlatchGals, you made my day! Thanks so much for leaving feedback. I'm a bit discouraged with my views right now but the support from you and others in this positive community keeps me going. Thanks so much!

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    Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    When I saw your recipe I thought I would make it an come back to comment-to let you know just how marvelous your recipe is. I have never had such wonderful English Muffins. I was not a great fan of them before now. Now I could eat them 24-7. Absolutely awesome.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Homemade is so much yummier than store bought! Thank you for the votes, Cyber Shelley. I agree, we need a yummy button. : )

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    Shelley Watson 4 years ago

    Thank you for the tweaks, now I know what makes the difference, I can finally do them for Sunday Breakfast instead of buying them. Thanks to you! Voted up, interesting and useful. (Wish they had 'yummy' or 'delicious' on the list!)

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    HeatherSays, I hope you have a chance to try the muffins. Of course, there is nothing like homemade. Thank you for taking the time to comment and vote. I really appreciate it.

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    Heather Rode 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

    Homemade english muffins? Okay you have my attention. I've never worked with yeast before but you make it look fairly easy. I love your original pictures and that egg muffin sandwich is adorable! I love my English muffins with a little butter, cream cheese, and grape jelly, in that order. Voted up!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Rajan Jolly, glad you enjoyed the recipe. I also like your very fascinating topics. Thank you for your comment.

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Very interesting recipe, Vespawoolf. Voted up, interesting and shared.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Sunnie, I really believe the overnight rise and overproofing is the trick. It gives the muffins an authentic chewy texture and plenty of nooks and crannies. Thank you for taking the time to come by!

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    Sunnie Day 4 years ago

    Wonderful hub. Thank you for sharing how to make English muffins.

    Sunnie

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    It's nice to meet another English muffin lover! These have great texture and, of course, there's nothing like homemade. Thanks for the comment, vote and pin prettynutjob!

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    Mary 4 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

    I love English muffins, this recipe is going on the fridge. I love English muffins so much that I could literally eat them all day long and nothing else, great hub voted up and pinned.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    StephanieHenkel, homemade is always better! I make these often and always plan to freeze a few, but they disappear to quickly. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

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    Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

    I love English muffins, and these look better than any commercial brands. Can't wait to try your recipe. Voted up and shared!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Nice to hear from you, K9keystrokes. There's nothing like homemade! Thank you for taking the time to comment.

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    India Arnold 4 years ago from Northern, California

    This is amazing! Great picture by picture instructions and an easy to manage recipe. Good stuff!

    Cheers~

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    PeggyW, thanks so much for the share and follow on Twitter! I need to spend more time with that social network. I just made English muffins yesterday...they didn't last long! : ) I appreciate the comment and vote, as well.

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    Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

    I love English muffins on occasion but never thought about making them from scratch. Thanks for doing all of your research and testing and sharing the results with us. I like your fruit variations also. Up votes and will be sharing.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Loveofnight, homemade muffins really are better. If you think of it, please drop back by and tell me what you think. Thanks for coming by again.

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    loveofnight 4 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

    I love english muffins and this recipe is a must try.......Wish me luck and thanks for sharing.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks for the share, vote and comment, carol7777. I hope you have a chance to make your own homemade muffins someday!

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    carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

    Everything here looks yummy and I like the recipe and ideas. Thanks for sharing. Voting UP.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Livelonger, it's nice to hear from you again! I hope you have a chance to try them. As always, there's nothing quite like homemade. Thank you for taking the time to come by.

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    Jason Menayan 4 years ago from San Francisco

    Wow, these look incredible! I've never made English muffins or crumpets before, but I love them. Your egg sandwich made with one looks mouth-wateringly good! Thank you for sharing this recipe in such great detail.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Trish303, they really are easy to make and sooo delicious! Enjoy and thanks so much for coming by.

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    Brenda 4 years ago from Springfield, MO

    I'm going to have to make these for my husband who loves English Muffins. He will be so happy

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    FullofLoveSites, thank you for following the recipe! I'm going to wander over and take a look at your stuff now. : )

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    FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

    The pictures look really yummy. I want to follow your recipe, thanks for sharing it. :)

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Molometer, I hope you enjoy them. I'm sure you must get crumpets where you are...they're so delicious as well. It's nice to see you again.

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    molometer 4 years ago

    I love real English muffins. Must give these a try. Thanks for sharing.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Tammyswallow, there's nothing like homemade baked goods and that includes English muffins! You could substitute half of the unbleached flour for whole wheat to make them healthier. They're actually really easy to make and everything goes quickly in the morning since the dough rises overnight in the fridge. Enjoy and thank you for taking the time to read and comment!

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    Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

    Wow! I love these and couldn't even begin to imagine how they are made. I used to eat these daily before I had to cut out carbs. I am going to try this. These would be great on a Sunday morning. :) Sharing and Pinning!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Ptrg777, they really are easy to make and homemade is always so much better. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment!

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    Peter 4 years ago from New York

    Have to try this! I always bought the English Muffins.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    OldeCashmere, it's nice to hear from you. Yes, these are both delicious and easy to make. Thank you for the vote and comment!

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    Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

    Thank you sharing such great recipes. They look like they are easy to make and will come out delicious. Voting this up, useful, and awesome :)

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Zsuzsy Bee, so glad these worked out well for you! I wish I had some of your homemade blueberry jam. We have to import ours and it's expensive, so don't get to enjoy it often. Have a great Sunday with your gang ad thanks so much for your feedback. I really appreciate it.

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    Zsuzsy Bee 4 years ago from Ontario/Canada

    Vespawoolf, I made a batch of these beauties on Friday and had them with home made blueberry jam... yumyum. Because they were soooo delish, last night, I put together a triple batch for today for when my whole gang will be here for a visit. Thank you again for sharing.

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    hope you're well

    regards Zsuzsy

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Mama Kim 8, the homemade English muffins are so much more delicious than anything you can buy. I hope you have a chance to try them. Thanks so much for the vote, share and comment!

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    Sasha Kim 4 years ago

    These sound and look amazing! I've never tried homemade English muffins and when I do it will have to be these. I like mine just like you and you've done all the tweaking to perfection for me. Thanks!!! Voted up useful and sharing.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Zsuzsy Bee, yes please let me know what you think! Store-bought English muffins don't hold a candle to homemade. I love them best toasted. Thanks for the comment!

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    Zsuzsy Bee 4 years ago from Ontario/Canada

    Thank you for sharing. It's the first cold and rainy day here since the beginning of May... perfect to do some baking... baking some English muffins that is. Let you know how much I love them later on this afternoon.

    Never made English muffins, so this will be double the fun...

    later

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Mhatter99, it sounds like the muffin recipe brings back good memories! : ) Thanks for coming by.

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    Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

    thanks for the easy recipe. Unfortunately there is a real cute girl working at the muffin shop around the corner.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Moonlake, I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe. English muffins are the best! Thanks for the vote and comment.

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    moonlake 4 years ago from America

    Your recipes look so good. I love English muffins. Your instructions are perfect. Voted up and more.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    What a sincere compliment. Thank you so much!

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    Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

    I pinned this Hub so I could always have it!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Patty Inglish, it's such a treat to hear from you. I wish I could send some English muffins over to you now! Some English for Inglish. lol Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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    Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

    English Muffins are fantastic, so you're a hero fpr providing this Hub. Rated up and many more.

    Slome company used to produced English Muffin bread loaves, but no more. I'll just have your muffins!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    LOL. That would be a trick! Yes, homemade is always so much better than anything that can be bought. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, Julie DeNeen. It's always nice to hear from you!

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    Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

    At first I thought, "How is she going to talk about english muffins for a whole hub!!" until I realized you make them from scratch!!! Holy cow! Very nice- I bet they are delicious. Great job! :)

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Funny man Josh, it's nice to hear from you! Glad you like the recipe...English muffins are the bomb. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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    Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

    Vespa,

    You are talking my kinda language here! :) I love English muffins, and yes they definitely have to be chewy! Thanks for this recipe Vespa!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    I'm glad this was enlightening! Yes, the overnight rise is the trick. Who would've thought? I came across it my accident, actually. I was about ready to give up. : ) It's always nice to hear from you, LetitiaFT!

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    LetitiaFT 4 years ago from Paris via California

    So THAT's how you do it! I've always felt I was homemade English muffin challenged but now you've given me hope!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Jackie Lynnley, you must mean sourdough English muffins. I actually prefer their flavor, but I'm too disorganized to keep the sourdough starter alive! That's why I add a little yogurt to this recipe. It imparts some sourness. I might have to get myself together and write a hub someday on sourdough. Thanks so much for the reminder! I appreciate the comment as well.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    ComfortB, you can reduce the salt in these muffins to 1/2 teaspoon to make them low sodium, and they're still delicious. Yes, they're really cooked on a griddle first! The oven is to finish them and ensure they aren't still doughy. Thanks so much for dropping by and for the comment and vote.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Jenubouka, thanks so much for your kind words. Homemade English muffins are so much better than those purchased in a grocery store. Enjoy! Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Donnah75, it's hard to forget a good English muffin, and these are so much more delicious than those sold in grocery stores. I hope you enjoy them! Thanks so much for the vote, share and comment. : )

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    Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Mm, these do look so good. I had some once a friend of my sister-in-law made from the flour starter or biscuit starter...that thing where you have your own yeast going all the time. You might want to try that sometime because it is always ready and a matter of fact I am going to look it up and get it going.

    Great hub. very interesting and well written, thank you!

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    Comfort Babatola 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

    You rock with this english muffin recipe. I was just complaining (like yesterday!) about how the store bought popular brand I ate had too much salt, and didn't taste like it used to.

    Did you really had to cook it first on the griddle before transfering it into the oven?

    Thanks for sharing. Very useful hub. Voted up.

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    jenubouka 4 years ago

    Yum! Once again vespa you have illustrated your wonderful culinary talents and photo captures. I just love English muffins; what a great recipe and awesome instructions!! Great hub once again.

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    Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

    This is awesome! I love English muffins, but I have to admit that I haven't had one in years. I may try this recipe when the weather cools down a bit. Thanks for sharing. Yum :-) Voted up and sharing.

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