Homemade English Muffins

I'm catching up on my Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge with Peter Reinhart's recipe for English Muffins (which you can get from his book above, starting on page 157-158). I have to confess that I made this late last night/early morning... as in 1am this morning. I know, kind of odd, but I really wanted to enjoy these muffins when I woke up.

Bread Baker's Apprentice

As I've done in previous recipes for the Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge, I made mini versions of this recipe and I really liked how the mini english muffins came out. They're great for a light bite and I certainly enjoyed them for breakfast this morning.

The dough is made by combining flour, salt, sugar, yeast, butter and milk. Once a silky, supple and slightly tacky dough is achieved, it's left to rise.

After the first rise, I cut the dough into sixteen pieces and formed each piece into a tiny little boule to prepare for the second rise. The original recipe called for cutting the dough into 6 pieces for large muffins or 9 pieces for smaller ones. I went even smaller since I knew they would continue to expand and proof.

These little guys had their second rise and they all puffed up quite a bit. They were starting to look more like the english muffins I've seen at the stores.

After their second rise, they were now ready for the skillet to get some color. Each muffin is cooked on a hot skillet to puff up ever so slightly and heat up to a nice golden brown. Once the muffins have browned, they're baked in the oven for a few minutes to ensure the middles are cooked.

Before you know it, you'll have a nice pile of homemade mini english muffins to enjoy!


  1. Wow! Those look great! I'll have to try to make them sometime, I eat an English muffin for breakfast almost every work day

  2. I love english muffins, and almost always have them on hand to eat for breakfast. I have made english muffin bread before, but never regular english muffins. I'm getting closer each week to breaking down and buying this cookbook!

  3. oh man, i LOVE english muffins!!! they look goooood btw :0)

  4. Wow, I had no idea they were made in a skillet but it makes sense given the browning on the top. Its kind of like a cross between bread and a pancake! I will have to try this out. My mother-in-law will think I am REALLY fancy making my own English muffins at home.

  5. Impressive enough that you baked at 1:00 am, but what is even more impressive is that you could take photos of the process in the middle of the night.

    Just curious, did you get lots of nooks and crannies inside the muffins? When I made them, there were not too many holes inside. Kind of disappointing.

  6. Wow! Those came out totally flat. Awesome. I think the big question amongst all the bakers is the nooks and crannies. I didn't have any, so I'm also curious if you had some too.