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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 Crust, amazingly 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).
What You Need To Make Sourdough English Muffins
- NO NEED for eggs!
- Active sourdough starter
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Mixing bowls
- Cling wrap
- 3-inch cutter
- Non-stick pan or griddle
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):
- The day before you plan to bake, whisk together the active starter, milk, and honey in a large bowl.
- Add in the flour slowly while mixing. Mix until the dough forms, then stop.
- 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).
- The next day, mix the salt and baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) together and scatter over the dough’s surface.
- 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.
- Cover and rest the dough for around 20 minutes. This rest will make it easier to roll.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Turn the muffins over and continue to bake, this time uncovered, until golden brown, roughly 3-4 minutes. Continue to bake the remaining muffins.
- How much whole wheat flour can be used without affecting the result?– You can replace up to 50% bread flour with whole wheat flour for more flavors and nutritions without losing the rise and nooks. Adjust the milk amount accordingly to get the same consistency dough as the recipe.
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.
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.
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Full (and printable) recipe below!
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Homemade Sourdough English Muffins Recipe
- ⅓ cup (4oz115g) active sourdough starter
- 1½ cups (12floz/340ml) whole milk
- 2 tablespoons honey, warmed
- 3 cups (15ozs/425g) strong bread flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
The Day Before:
- In a large bowl, whisk together the active 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 about 45 minutes.
- Heat a large 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 with a lid and allow to bake until the muffins are dry on top and golden-brown underneath, about 4 -5 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. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or they can also be frozen for 6 weeks.