- Night before:
- 1 c lukewarm whole milk
- 1 T olive oil
- 2 tsp honey
- 1 c natural yeast/sourdough starter, stirred and unfed
- 1⅔ c flour (I use whole wheat)
- ¾ tsp salt
- Combine wet ingredients. Add dry ingredients and stir vigorously for 2 minutes. Cover overnight to rise. I place my bowl in the oven with the light on because my house gets really cold at night.
- The next morning:
- Dissolve ¼ tsp baking soda in 3 T warm water, then gently fold into the batter. Let rest for 10 minutes.
- Preheat your griddle to 300 degrees.
- *You will need cornmeal or extra flour for dusting.
- After your overnight sponge has risen and you are ready to cook the muffins, grease some canning jar rims and sprinkle with cornmeal or flour. I use both the wide mouth and regular mouth size, for large and small english muffins. The smaller size is perfect for my girls, while the wide mouth makes a "regular" sized english muffin.
- When the griddle is hot, arrange your rings on it and pour about ⅓ c of batter into each one (less in the smaller rings). You want the rings about ⅔ full. Dust the top of each muffin with more cornmeal/flour.
- Cook for 12 minutes until golden brown on the bottom and when the tops no longer look wet. Don't heat the griddle higher than 300. If they are browning too quickly, turn down the heat and cook for longer. Flip each muffin over and cook for another 12 minutes on the other side.
- When they are done cooking, remove to a cooling rack. They should easily pop right out of the rings, or you can wait until they cool to do this. Tip - to split the muffins, ease a fork into them all around the edge and you will maintain more of the little nooks and crannies!
This is a recipe to keep around and impress people with! No one expects you to make english muffins at home, and these are just amazing. We’ve enjoyed them plain, toasted, filled with eggs and ham, and they are good all ways. They freeze really well too and are great to keep on hand for busy mornings – I am all about having quick breakfasts ready to go. I meant to try a few recipes but after using this one I think I’ll stick to it. There are delightful little nooks and crannies running all throughout the muffins and they puff up beautifully.