How To Make English Muffins — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Add 3 cups of the flour and stir with a stiff spatula until you form a shaggy, floury dough.”,”image”:{“id”:”10c10beec837577b8ca3268ba0ec54bcc2b63518″,”width”:2400,”height”:3000,”format”:”JPEG”,”created_by_id”:65,”updated_by_id”:null,”created_at”:”2015-03-26T19:24:51.573-04:00″,”updated_at”:”2016-08-17T17:06:45.137-04:00″,”credit_style”:”author”,”credit_author_id”:65,”credit_name”:””,”credit_url”:””,”credit_email”:””,”credit_custom”:””,”credit_license”:””,”credit_linked_post_id”:null,”focus_x”:null,”focus_y”:null,”filename”:”2015-03-30-English-Muffins-4.jpg”,”alt_text”:null,”exclude_from_color_search”:false,”crop”:null,”ancestor”:”551495432a099a242a00780b”,”focus_z”:null}},{“image_id”:”409868428e3f80652b46250e4c73c53a399d2c9d”,”caption”:”\u003cstrong\u003eKnead the dough: \u003c/strong\u003eWith a dough hook on a stand mixer, knead the dough until it comes together in a smooth ball, 5 to 8 minutes. Alternatively, knead by hand against the counter. If the dough is very sticky like bubble gum, add extra flour as needed, but err on the side of caution. 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Cover and place in the fridge overnight or for up to 3 days.”,”image”:{“id”:”5a7ed72dc49b07f5a3defd161179edba198c8da8″,”width”:2400,”height”:3000,”format”:”JPEG”,”created_by_id”:65,”updated_by_id”:null,”created_at”:”2015-03-26T19:24:54.573-04:00″,”updated_at”:”2016-08-17T17:06:45.137-04:00″,”credit_style”:”author”,”credit_author_id”:65,”credit_name”:””,”credit_url”:””,”credit_email”:””,”credit_custom”:””,”credit_license”:””,”credit_linked_post_id”:null,”focus_x”:null,”focus_y”:null,”filename”:”2015-03-30-English-Muffins-6.jpg”,”alt_text”:null,”exclude_from_color_search”:false,”crop”:null,”ancestor”:”551495462a099a24870070fd”,”focus_z”:null}},{“image_id”:”c577f8d78f38c0d74ad5366c0b8dbb3237c1584f”,”caption”:”\u003cem\u003eQuicker English Muffins: \u003c/em\u003eYou can also let the dough rise at room temperature until doubled in bulk, 1 1/2 to 2 hours, and then make the muffins immediately. 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Use a pastry scraper to divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. “,”image”:{“id”:”b5a51d639afeb2511def024158fbba96167d0638″,”width”:2400,”height”:3000,”format”:”JPEG”,”created_by_id”:65,”updated_by_id”:null,”created_at”:”2015-03-26T20:16:27.257-04:00″,”updated_at”:”2016-08-17T17:06:45.137-04:00″,”credit_style”:”author”,”credit_author_id”:65,”credit_name”:””,”credit_url”:””,”credit_email”:””,”credit_custom”:””,”credit_license”:””,”credit_linked_post_id”:null,”focus_x”:null,”focus_y”:null,”filename”:”2015-03-30-English-Muffins-8.jpg”,”alt_text”:null,”exclude_from_color_search”:false,”crop”:null,”ancestor”:”5514a15a2a099a246e007f5f”,”focus_z”:null}},{“image_id”:”aa1ff72e9eb1b974a9f4ea4b81747a41bfdefc7b”,”caption”:”Roll each piece gently against the counter to shape into smooth, round balls.”,”image”:{“id”:”aa1ff72e9eb1b974a9f4ea4b81747a41bfdefc7b”,”width”:2400,”height”:3000,”format”:”JPEG”,”created_by_id”:65,”updated_by_id”:null,”created_at”:”2015-03-26T20:16:09.631-04:00″,”updated_at”:”2016-08-17T17:06:45.137-04:00″,”credit_style”:”author”,”credit_author_id”:65,”credit_name”:””,”credit_url”:””,”credit_email”:””,”credit_custom”:””,”credit_license”:””,”credit_linked_post_id”:null,”focus_x”:null,”focus_y”:null,”filename”:”2015-03-30-English-Muffins-9.jpg”,”alt_text”:null,”exclude_from_color_search”:false,”crop”:null,”ancestor”:”5514a1482a099a241d007d39″,”focus_z”:null}},{“image_id”:”f7736fa8970d606626fea4e7fdb425473528ebcc”,”caption”:”\u003cstrong\u003eTransfer the muffins to a baking sheet to rise: \u003c/strong\u003eScatter cornmeal generously over a baking sheet and arrange the balls on top, spaced a little apart. 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Add a small pat of butter to the pan between batches to prevent sticking.”,”image”:{“id”:”b15010509fd3390b10f0e76a558015725e2f63a2″,”width”:2400,”height”:3000,”format”:”JPEG”,”created_by_id”:65,”updated_by_id”:null,”created_at”:”2015-03-26T20:16:57.219-04:00″,”updated_at”:”2016-08-17T17:06:45.137-04:00″,”credit_style”:”author”,”credit_author_id”:65,”credit_name”:””,”credit_url”:””,”credit_email”:””,”credit_custom”:””,”credit_license”:””,”credit_linked_post_id”:null,”focus_x”:null,”focus_y”:null,”filename”:”2015-03-30-English-Muffins-18.jpg”,”alt_text”:null,”exclude_from_color_search”:false,”crop”:null,”ancestor”:”5514a1782a099a247e007aeb”,”focus_z”:null}},{“image_id”:”44f6f6d1e620ea9d4279373bf5ab92f9897bc338″,”caption”:”\u003cstrong\u003eSplit and serve! \u003c/strong\u003eSplit the English muffins with a fork, spread with butter or jam (or both!) and eat. English muffins will keep for several days in an airtight container on the counter and are fantastic warmed in the toaster oven. Fresh English muffins can also be wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and be kept frozen for up to 3 months.”,”image”:{“id”:”44f6f6d1e620ea9d4279373bf5ab92f9897bc338″,”width”:2143,”height”:3000,”format”:”JPEG”,”created_by_id”:65,”updated_by_id”:null,”created_at”:”2015-03-26T20:17:11.660-04:00″,”updated_at”:”2016-08-17T17:06:45.137-04:00″,”credit_style”:”author”,”credit_author_id”:65,”credit_name”:””,”credit_url”:””,”credit_email”:””,”credit_custom”:””,”credit_license”:””,”credit_linked_post_id”:null,”focus_x”:null,”focus_y”:null,”filename”:”2015-03-30-English-Muffins-19.jpg”,”alt_text”:null,”exclude_from_color_search”:false,”crop”:null,”ancestor”:”5514a1872a099a7871005ee6″,”focus_z”:null}}]};

There is really no better vehicle for melted butter than the craggy dips and toasted peaks of an English muffin. I think we can all agree on this. Have you ever tried making them yourself? They’re surprisingly straightforward! And since the dough is best when made ahead and refrigerated overnight, they’ve become one of my favorite treats to make over long, lazy weekends.

Here’s a step-by-step recipe for making a batch of English muffins for you and anyone lucky enough to be invited to your table.

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