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Baked English Muffins

I am happy to share with you a great recipe created by my friend and amazing baker Cambell MacFarlane. I had never tried baked English muffins before, but when Cambell sent me the book, “Knead Peace,” which includes this recipe, I couldn’t wait to give it a try. I used metal rings measuring 9cm x 4cm to achieve perfectly shaped muffins.

Additionally, I made a few adjustments by omitting the egg, increasing the sugar slightly (to 45g), and reducing the amount of salt (to 11g). The result was absolutely perfect. I highly recommend giving it a try yourself 😉

Ready in: 2 hoursServes: 12 people
Yield: 12 x 80g English muffins Units: US, E

Ingredients

Dough

Directions 

  • Place the flours in a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle the dried yeast on one side of the flour and the salt on the other side.
  • Add the sugar, butter, and milk, egg , then mix all the ingredients together to make a soft dough. Using a stand mixer with a dough hook, mix for 10 minutes until the dough is soft and stretchy.
  • Place the dough in a large, oiled bowl, cover and leave to rise until doubled in size.
  • Dust a work surface lightly with flour. Place the dough on the floured surface and weigh it out into 80g pieces.
  • Lightly dust 2 baking trays (sheets) with semolina or corn flour. Shape each piece of dough into a ball.
  • Place 6 greased metal rings on each tray and place a piece of dough into each ring.
  • Cover the muffins and leave to prove until doubled in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 170°C (335°F).
  • Bake the muffins in the oven for 20 minutes.
  • Then carefully turn each muffin ring over and cook for a further 5 minutes.

Enjoy!

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26 thoughts on “Baked English Muffins

  1. Hello… the recipe looks easy to execute, but what do I use if I don’t have the ring molds? What can I use

    1. I’m going to try using discarded metal cans with the bottoms cut out..washed thoroughly they should work…just need to find the right size…

      1. I have seen where people use canning jar rings or shallow tin cans (like tuna) with the top and bottom removed

      2. This is such a great idea on its face and then I remembered most cans are lined with plastics so be mindful of which you choose! Darn!

    2. I believe just making balls with a bit of tension will work well, never tried before though

      1. Same as all the other questions, not sure if adding the water is right or wrong, I added both and the dough was really sticky. Could someone answer if the water is a mistake in the recipe or not. Thanks in advance.

    3. You can roll out the dough, cut out the muffins and proof/fry them free form. It works well, I’ve done it plenty of times like that.

    4. Use wide mouth Quart jar rings !! I do, and it works for cooking eggs too, if you spray the ring 😊

  2. Hi, Natasha. Thanks for the recipe.

    Could I use starter instead of yeast, how do you think. And is it about 70 gr of starter, isn’t it?

    1. I’d love to know as well.

    2. I asked her this question on her instagram post and she said to use 30-40% starter and use a little less water. Ferment for 2-4 hrs.

      I used 163g starter and they are just in the rings doubling before baking right now. fingers crossed they are as good as hers look!

  3. You don’t need rings, I have done it without and it works great.

  4. Can I use sourdough starter instead of yeast?

  5. Hi did you buy the 3.5inch or 4 inch ring moulds ,

  6. These are beautiful! Is there a way to make them with sourdough?
    Thank you in advance

  7. Hi Natasha,
    You said you omitted the egg and increased the sugar, but egg is still in the recipe, and the sugar amount is not 45g as you mentioned.

  8. Just a note that neither the book original or your version mentions adding the water (which I assume is added with the milk in step 2).

    1. TLDR? Don’t forget to add water. It’s not mentioned in recipe.

      Should’ve read the comments first. I didn’t add the water and my dough was very crumbly and not incorporating, added the water in an attempt to save it afterwards and then it was very sticky and I had to add more flour to get it to incorporate.

  9. Hi Natasha !
    Same question about the water : it’s mentionned in the ingredients, but not in the directions. I’ve tried the recipe with both milk and water – that makes a hydration rate of 66 %, and the dough was really sticky and demanded lots of kneading. I went through the whole process, the result was E-X-C-E-L-L-E-NT-, but I’m not sure this is the texture we want to obtain for an English muffin. I’ll try a second time without the water.
    Thank you anyway for all your beautiful work !

  10. Question is the water added to the dough mixture or do you use it in a cast iron pan in the oven for steam??

  11. As the water is mentioned in the list of ingredients and not in the directions do we need to add?

    I did add the water but it made it difficult to shape the muffins because the dough was really sticky.

    1. Same here! I’m confused when to add it and my dough was also super sticky

  12. Hi

    Any answers on the water being added by above mentioned bakers?

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    1. So happy accident in my kitchen. I followed the recipe but for some reason my eyes skipped over the water part and I ended up completely omitting this and also ended up using active dry yeast instead of instant dry yeast. After I added the wet ingredients to the dry I noticed it was still dry. Instead of looking at the recipe again, I ended up adding a few more splashes of milk in it. I would estimate it was between 200 and 210g in total i added. I suggest you add 10g of milk until you get a not too sticky dough. After this I continued with the recipe and ended up baking them at 350 degrees for 35 min, flipping them over half way. They came out so fluffy and ended up using for meal prepping breakfast sandwiches

  14. So happy accident in my kitchen. I followed the recipe but for some reason my eyes skipped over the water part and I ended up completely omitting this and also ended up using active dry yeast instead of instant dry yeast. After I added the wet ingredients to the dry I noticed it was still dry. Instead of looking at the recipe again, I ended up adding a few more splashes of milk in it. I would estimate it was between 200 and 210g in total i added. I suggest you add 10g of milk until you get a not too sticky dough. After this I continued with the recipe and ended up baking them at 350 degrees for 35 min, flipping them over half way. They came out so fluffy and ended up using for meal prepping breakfast sandwiches

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