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English Muffins

cmoewes's picture

English Muffins

I've been experimenting with making english mufifns and I have run into 2 distinct methods and I am wondering if anyone has an opinion or some suggestions (I know people have opinions, but are the willing to share).

It seems that there are 2 different methods of making english muffins. Not so much in cooking them but in their preparations. One seems to make a proper dough that can be shaped and proofed and cooked and the other is more of a thick batter / thin dough that can be scooped into the muffin rings but can't stand up on its own till cooked.

Am I just using some wierd recipes for this or am I seeing soemthing that is just a normal variation in methodoligy? Any thoughts on how to make decent english muffins would be great.


Aetheling's picture

 You could try Floyd's recipe on tis site, under Favorites. That is a good recipe, using firm dough. I've only ever made them using that technique and it works well, producing good muffins



cmoewes's picture

I think that Floyd's is the recipe I used before. It makes (or at least for me it made) a fairly fine textured muffin, not the nice nooks and crannies I was hoping for. I haven't tried it again and modified per his comments about being dry. I also wonder if the addition of baking powder would help in the creation of larger air pockets. The more batter-like (crumpets) recipes seem to call for baking powder.

mkelly27's picture

Crumpets are a close relative to english muffins.  Crumpets are usually more batte-like and pour onto the griddle in containment rings, muffins are thick doughed shaped and placed on the griddle alone.  either way I love them both with butter and jam.


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andrew_l's picture

wrote a book, "English Bread and Yeast Cookery". This is very well researched and full of information. It has an entire section on crumpets and english muffins and would, I am sure, answer your question. A great read.



proth5's picture

I prefer the batter - muffin rings- griddle method for making English Muffins.  It does produce the "nooks and crannies" and does not require heating up the oven - which is nice in the summer.

I use a variant on the King Arthur recipe which adds baking soda right before cooking. I use a well seasoned but dry griddle and sprinkle semolina inside the rings to help prevent sticking.

Just my humble opinion and preference.