Sourdough English Muffins

Sourdough English Muffins

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If you’ve visited this site very often, you probably know by now that I LOVE sourdough, and I love Sourdough English Muffins. They are so easy to make and so good to eat. We enjoy them with butter and jelly, and also for breakfast in egg and bacon sandwiches.

(Recipe slightly modified on 1/15/22.)

I’ve actually named my starter “Bertha”, something my granddaughter finds quite funny. When she visits she often asks how Bertha is doing. But then, she LOVES sourdough, too.

Sourdough Starter

“Bertha” was born June 2013, so she is now technically nearing her 9th birthday. And so is my granddaughter. No wonder there is an affinity there!

 

Ingredients for English Muffins

  • “fed” sourdough starter (a fed starter should be active–nice and bubbly)
  • warm water
  • butter, at room temperature
  • granulated sugar
  • instant yeast (This is optional. If your starter is good and active you shouldn’t require yeast. But if you want to ensure rising time in a “timely manner” go ahead and use some instant yeast to help things along.)
  • kosher salt
  • nonfat dry milk
  • whole wheat flour
  • all-purpose flour
  • cornmeal for coating

 

Instructions for this Recipe

Gather all your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

 

Prepare the Dough

In a large mixing bowl combine your bubbly starter, warm water, softened butter, granulated sugar, instant yeast, kosher salt, dry milk powder, whole-wheat flour, and 2 cups all-purpose flour. Mix well.

Gradually add enough remaining all-purpose flour and knead to form a smooth dough. You can use your stand mixer with dough hook, or knead by hand on a floured surface. Your choice. Knead for 5-7 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic.

Rising Dough for Sourdough English Muffins

Place the kneaded dough in a greased bowl, cover, and allow to rise for 1-2 hours until noticeably puffy. Gently deflate the dough, and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Cover and allow to rest for 15 minutes to relax the gluten.

 

Make the English Muffins

Divide the dough in half. Roll each portion 1/2″ thick and cut in 4″ rounds until all of dough is used. I use a round measuring cup that works perfect for the size of my English muffins. If you have a large enough biscuit cutter, you could also use that. Repeat rolling and cutting with the remaining dough.

Place Muffin Rounds on a Baking Sheet with Cornmeal

Place the rounds, on baking sheets sprinkled with cornmeal, 12 per sheet. Sprinkle rounds with additional cornmeal. Cover and let rise 1 hour until light and puffy.

Transfer rounds to a preheated griddle on low heat. Cook the muffins for 5 minutes, and then place the bottom of a large cookie sheet on top to help flatten the muffins. Cook for an additional 5 minutes.

Cooking English Muffins on the Griddle

Turn muffins and cook for another 5 minutes, being careful not to burn the sides. Remove the muffins from the griddle and cool on a wire rack.

As an extra precaution, to make sure the muffins are cooked through to the middle, I’ll place the muffins on a baking sheet in a 325 degree oven and bake for 5-10 minutes.

Cooked Sourdough English Muffins

Store in zip bags for up to a week or freeze for longer storage. Makes 16-18 muffins.

My adventures with sourdough has led me to try many sourdough bread recipes–including these Sourdough English Muffins. Yes, the process takes awhile, but they are so easy to make and so good to eat. Our middle daughter actually prefers them over the softer kind you can buy at the grocery store. 

Browse more Sourdough Recipes Here.

 

Recipe for Sourdough English Muffins

Sourdough English Muffins

If you've visited this site very often, you probably know by now that I LOVE sourdough, and I love Sourdough English Muffins. They are so easy to make and so good to eat. We enjoy them with butter and jelly, and also for breakfast in egg and bacon sandwiches.
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Course: Breads, Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Active Sourdough Starter, English Muffins, Sourdough, Whole Wheat
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Rising Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 18 muffins

Equipment

Polish Pottery Bowl
Biscuit Cutter
Lodge Griddle
Baking Sheet

Ingredients

  • 1 cup "fed" sourdough starter Recipe HERE.
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1/4 cup butter room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 1/2-4 cups all-purpose flour
  • cornmeal for coating

Instructions

  • Gather all your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the active sourdough starter, warm water, softened butter, granulated sugar, instant yeast, kosher salt, dry milk powder, whole-wheat flour, and 2 cups all-purpose flour. Mix well.
  • Gradually add enough remaining all-purpose flour and knead to form a smooth dough, 5-7 minutes. Place dough in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise for 1-2 hours until noticeably puffy.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Gently deflate the dough, and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Cover and allow to rest for 15 minutes to relax the gluten. Divide the dough in half.
  • Roll one of the halves 1/2" thick and cut in 4" rounds until all of dough is used. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  • Place the rounds, on baking sheets sprinkled with cornmeal, 8-9 per sheet. Sprinkle rounds with additional cornmeal. Cover and allow to rise 1 hour until light and puffy.
  • Transfer rounds to a preheated griddle (low heat). Cook the muffins for 5 minutes, and then place the bottom of a large cookie sheet on top to help flatten the muffins. Cook for an additional 5 minutes. Turn muffins and cook for another 5 minutes, being careful not to burn.
  • Place muffins on a baking sheet and allow them to finish cooking in the preheated oven for 5-10 minutes, while you cook the rest of the muffins.
  • Repeat with the remaining muffins. When finished, allow the muffins to cool on a wire rack.
  • Store in plastic bags for up to a week or freeze for longer storage. Makes 16-18 muffins.

Notes

*Unless otherwise indicated, all butter used on this recipe site is salted. 

Nutrition

Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 431mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 157IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg
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