Breads & Doughs, Breakfast

Homemade Sourdough English Muffins

4.72 from 39 votes
My Sourdough English Muffins recipe makes English muffins so bubbly, so full of nooks and crannies, and so packed with flavor that you'll never have a regular one again.
Two sourdough English muffins on a dish next to a cup of tea.

Hi Bold Bakers!

I’m so pleased with this recipe! My Homemade Sourdough English Muffins turn out so lovely — thanks to the sourdough starter, they’re incredibly bubbly (hello, nooks and crannies) and have a wonderful flavor. Not to brag, but my neighbor, Howard, said they were the best English muffins he’s ever had! 

If your sourdough starter is still alive and active, you simply have to give these English muffins a go! If not, check out my Last Sourdough Starter Guide You’ll Ever Need! It’s super simple to take care of a sourdough starter, and you can make other wonderful yeast-free treats like Sourdough Pizza Crustamazingly crusty Sourdough Bread, and super easy Sourdough Focaccia

English muffins have become a staple in homes worldwide and have been since most families even had ovens in their own homes! In fact, do you know the Muffin Man? Well into the early 1800s, English muffins were sold door to door in England, and the nursery rhyme, which dates to 1820 at the latest, is a nod to that tradition! 

What Are Sourdough English Muffins?

Sourdough English Muffins are a lot like the English muffins you may purchase at the grocery store—except way better because not only are they homemade, but the active sourdough starter really gives the muffin an incredible taste! 

English Muffins are meant to be “fork-separated” instead of cut in half by a knife. That’s what reveals all the nooks and crannies instead of a smooth cut surface (perfect for absorbing melted butter or delicious jams). 

[ No starter? Here’s my recipe for regular English Muffins! ]

Homemade Sourdough English Muffins next to some jam and cup of coffee.

What You Need To Make Sourdough English Muffins

How Do You Make Sourdough English Muffins

Marketers do their work! Seeing English muffins in the grocery store makes them seem impossible to make, right? How do you get all those beautiful nooks? Using a sourdough starter makes it foolproof! However, you need to start these the day before you bake, so keep that in mind. Here is how you make Sourdough English Muffins (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below):

  1. The day before you plan to bake, whisk together the starter, milk, and honey in a large bowl.
  2. Add in the flour slowly while mixing. Mix until the dough forms, then stop.
  3. Cover the dough well with cling wrap and a kitchen towel. Let it stand at cool room temperature for at least 12 hours but up to 16 hours (or overnight).
  4. The next day, mix the salt and baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) together and scatter over the dough’s surface.
  5. By hand, stretch and fold the dough for about 5 minutes on a floured surface. The dough is firm. Keep kneading it until it comes together into a clean ball that can be easily rolled and doesn’t stick to your hands.
  6. Cover and rest the dough for around 20 minutes. This rest will make it easier to roll.
  7. After resting, roll the dough to about 1/2 inch thick. Using a 3-inch cutter, cut out the muffins. You should get 12 muffins.
  8. Place the muffins on a sheet pan that has been dredged with flour or semolina. Allow some space between them. Cover the pan loosely and proof for another 45-60 minutes. 
  9. Heat a non-stick pan or griddle on medium/low heat. If you are worried the muffins might stick, rub a little oil or butter on the pan.
  10. Place 3 to 4 muffins on the pan at a time. Cover the pan and let the muffins bake until they are dry on top and golden brown underneath. This should take about 5 minutes.
  11. Turn the muffins over and continue to bake, this time uncovered, until golden brown, roughly 3-4 minutes. Continue to bake the remaining muffins. 

Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Sourdough English Muffins

  • Use my sourdough starter if you don’t have your own!
  • No bread flour? You can use the same amount of all-purpose flour in this recipe.
  • Dredging your pan with semolina gives the muffins a lovely bite and crunch. You can also use fine cornmeal.
  • These English muffins freeze wonderfully! You can keep them in the freezer for up to 6 weeks.
  • Make your own breakfast sandwiches with these English muffins and then freeze them. Then, all you have to do is defrost and warm through in a microwave for a delicious breakfast on the go.

The inside of my sourdough English muffins to show crumb and interior.

How Do I Store Sourdough English Muffins?

These English Muffins can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, but they also freeze wonderfully! Keep them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 6 weeks.

Make More Sourdough Recipes!

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Full (and printable) recipe below!

Homemade Sourdough English Muffins Recipe

4.72 from 39 votes
My Sourdough English Muffins recipe makes English muffins so bubbly, so full of nooks and crannies, and so packed with flavor that you'll never have a regular one again.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Ferment overnight 16 hrs
My Sourdough English Muffins recipe makes English muffins so bubbly, so full of nooks and crannies, and so packed with flavor that you'll never have a regular one again.
Author: Gemma Stafford

Ingredients

  • cup (4oz115g) active sourdough starter
  • cups (12floz/340ml) whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 cups (15ozs/425g) strong bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (bread soda)

Instructions

The Day Before:

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the starter, milk, and honey together.
  • Add in the flour, slowly while mixing. Mix until the dough forms then stop.
  • Cover down well with cling wrap and a kitchen towel and leave to stand at cool room temperature for at least 12 hours but up to 16 hours.

The Next Day:

  • Mix the salt and bicarbonate of soda together. Scatter this mixture over the surface of the dough.
  • By hand stretch and fold the dough for five minutes or so on a floured surface. This is firm dough, keep on kneading until the dough comes together in a clean ball that can easily be rolled and does not stick to your hands.
  • Cover and rest the dough for about 20 minutes, this will make it easy to roll it.
  • Roll the dough to about ½ inch thick. Using a 3-inch cutter cut out the muffins. You should get 12 muffins from this batch.
  • Place on a sheet pan which has been dredged with flour or semolina. Allow a little space between them. Cover the pan loosely and proof for 45-60 minutes.
  • Heat a non-stick pan or griddle on medium/low heat. Rub with a little oil or butter if you are worried about sticking.
  • Place 3 – 4 muffins on the pan at a time. Cover the pan and allow to bake until the muffins are dry on top and golden-brown underneath, about five minutes.
  • Turn the muffins over and continue to bake uncovered until golden brown, roughly 3-4 minutes. Continue to bake the remaining muffins.
  • Allow the muffins to cool completely before enjoying them split and spread with butter, jam, or use as sandwich bread. Refresh by toasting. They can also be frozen for 6 weeks or so.

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Ikl
5 months ago

I have tried for years to make a good English muffins. They were all horrible.
I got started with Sourdough- and gave these a shot. They are awesome!

Wendy Doyle
2 months ago

This was so easy and the comments really helped. I made the dough, left it out overnight to proof for 16 hours and then put it into the fridge in the morning. In the evening, I completed the remaining steps. My dough was a little sticky and I made smaller English muffins, but it turned out amazing!!! An added bonus was putting some of the Jam I made onto it! Your amazing jam recipe!

Pretesh
Pretesh
3 months ago

Hi

Thank you for the recipe. My wife is allgeric to Honey. Is there anything I can substitute the honey with in this recipe?

Sabbie
4 months ago

Hi Gemma, can I use Oat flour instead please?

Evan Keller
4 months ago

Hi. Thanks much for this great recipe. My wife really likes a lot of big “nooks and crannies.” Thee ones these make are great, but any tricks you would think to even increase them more? Thanks again.

Lisa
4 months ago

These are scrumptious! Came out perfectly.

Sonja Duvenhage
Sonja Duvenhage
5 months ago

i did the Homemade English Muffins Recipe and it was a delicious treat. I have done the Sourdough recipe but will not have time to bake now. It was left for 12 hours to proof. Can I leave it in the fridge overnight and continue the salt and folder process and finish it tomorrow? Thank you. Sonja from South Africa

5 months ago

The last time I tried making English muffins they didn’t turn out well. But using this recipe I made these yesterday and they are amazing! Thanks Gemma!

Barb
Barb
5 months ago

I am confused about the measurement for the amount of active sourdough starter in the recipe. It says 1/3c or 4 oz. When I weigh out 4 oz that is more than 1/3c. I am thinking about this wrong?

Barb
Barb
6 months ago

I normally only have skim milk in my refrigerator. Is whole milk necessary for this recipe?

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