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Sourdough English Muffins

Easy to follow recipe for healthy, soft and chewy sourdough English muffins. They’re a favorite around our house, and we make them frequently from scratch because they’re just so simple!

There aren’t many foods The Hubs misses while maintaining a Traditional Diet, but something he does miss are those warm Egg McMuffins from the Golden Arches.

There’s something about a road-trip that brings out these cravings for him, so I set off to “healthify” them. Much to my delight, not only did I find a homemade English muffin recipe, but I was able to convert it to be SOURDOUGH to boot!

If you have sourdough starter, you’re probably thrilled when you find other ways to use up any excess. This is one of our absolute favorite sourdough recipes.

This recipe is featured in our Sourdough eBook! If you love easy and delicious sourdough recipes (including gluten-free options!)click here!

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Sourdough English Muffins cooking in a cast iron pan

Sourdough English Muffins


  • Author: Full of Days
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes + 12 hour soak time
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: appx 2 dozen English muffins 1x
  • Category: Bread, Sourdough

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Easy to follow recipe for healthy, soft and chewy sourdough English muffins. These English muffins are a favorite around our house, and we make them frequently from scratch because they’re just so simple!


Ingredients


Instructions

  1. The night before, mix sourdough starter, honey and milk in the bowl of your stand mixer until just combined.
  2. Slowly add four cups flour (1-2 cups at a time) and mix on low using the dough hook attachment until all the flour is incorporated.
  3. Cover bowl with a clean tea towel and top with a plate to soak for 12-16 hours (or overnight)(I have also let this sit out for 12 hours, then placed in the refrigerator for up to two days, then brought it back to room temperature before continuing with step 4.)
  4. The next morning, sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda and 2 teaspoons sea salt over the surface of the dough and knead dough to combine.
  5. Flour a clean surface or large board with 1/2 cup flour and knead dough until it is somewhat stiff. (You may add more flour if needed, I usually add anywhere from 1/2-1 cup flour, depending on hydration level of your starter.) The dough should be moist, but not sticking to your hands.
  6. Continue to knead by hand for 5 minutes until a smooth ball is formed.
  7. Using a rolling pin, roll dough out to about 1/2 thickness. Turning over and adding more flour to your work surface, as needed, to keep from sticking.
  8. Cut dough with a 3-4 inch round cutter (or a wide-mouth mason jar!).
  9. Line a sheet pan with wax paper and sprinkle with corn meal. Arrange English muffins onto sheet pan, leaving about 1/2 inch between rounds.
  10. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with additional corn meal, cover with a tea towel and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in size (about an hour).
  11. Once muffins have risen, preheat a cast iron skillet, or large griddle to medium-low. Melt a small pat of butter and a touch of avocado oil (to keep butter from smoking).
  12. Add muffins to pan, as many as will fit without over-crowding, and cook on one side for 5-10 minutes (until nice and golden brown).
  13. Flip muffins and continue to bake 5-10 minutes on the other side. Use the back side of your spatula to flatten the muffins if they puff up too much.
  14. Continue with remaining muffins until all have been cooked.
  15. Eat immediately, or let cool completely and store in an airtight container and eat within a week (if they last that long!).

Notes

  • As I mentioned before, I’ve successfully followed the first three steps and left the dough in the refrigerator until I was ready to finish the process. This can help eliminate that long step before you’re ready to make them!
  • If you find your English muffins are burning on the outside before the inside is cooked through, turn the heat down a bit (all stove tops cook differently, so test one muffin at a time until you find the right heat!).
  • If you love sourdough recipes, be sure to check out our compilation of recipes in our eBook, Everyday Sourdough: Easy Recipes for the Everyday Baker.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 English muffin
  • Calories: 121
  • Sugar: 2.4g
  • Sodium: 62mg
  • Fat: 0.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 24.5g
  • Fiber: 0.8g
  • Protein: 3.7g
  • Cholesterol: 2mg
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    Katherine
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    These were WONDERFUL! We ended up with 16 Wolferman-style English muffins (we like them thick). Yours will now be our go-to recipe. Thank you!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
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      Awesome!!! Thanks for the feedback Katherine… a LARGE english muffin sounds amazing!

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    Sandra Bankston
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    I have been a sourdough baker for many years. My started is over 70 years old….probably older. I just decided to venture out and bake some other things with it…..these were outstanding and quite simple.

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
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      That’s so great Sandra! I’m glad you liked them, they’re definitely one of our family favorites!

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    Sarah Rothrock
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    I have a batch in a bowl for overnight resting. Do I have to use cornmeal?!!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
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      Exciting Sarah!!! Cornmeal isn’t necessary, but it does keep the muffins from sticking to the pan while rising. Be sure to use parchment paper or even dust the pan with some flour. You just don’t want to deflate the muffins when lifting them up!

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    Angel
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    These are delicious! Thanks for the recipe. I used whole wheat organic flour, and they were still wonderful.

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
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      Oh I’m so glad Angel! And thanks for letting us know they worked with whole wheat! Now I’m gonna have to try it!

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    Allison Knudsen
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    These are truly very delicious! I’ve made these many times and my family always asks for more. Thank you for sharing!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
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      Awesome, we’re so glad Allison!!!

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    Cynthia Green
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    I would like to compliment you on your oh so well written recipe. I haven’t try them yet, but know that they will be great because of the detail in the recipe. Many thanks.

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
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      Thanks so much Cynthia! When it comes to sourdough, I try to write the recipes for someone baking for the first time…because I was once there myself! 😉 Enjoy!

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    Callie Beach
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    I have made these several times and they are a favorite of my husband’s. He eats them two at a time with homemade strawberry jam. Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
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      That’s awesome Callie! Thanks for leaving us a note letting us know! Makes us smile from ear to ear! Feel free to upload pics of your next batch on our Facebook page!

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    Megan Stevens
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    These, with butter. YES Please!!! 🙂 🙂

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
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      YES! 🙂

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    These look great! I haven’t made sourdough in a while, but am pinning these to remind me to try when I get my starter up and running again!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
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      Awesome, thanks Dena! Best of luck when you do!

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    linda spiker
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    I love sourdough everything! These look delicious and doable (I am not a bread maker) 🙂

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
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      They are totally doable Linda! Just take it step by step! 😉

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    Raia Todd
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    Those look delicious! I love sourdough English muffins!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
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      Thanks Raia! We do, too!

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    Oh. My. Goodness. How I wish I could have sourdough so I could enjoy these. Your recipe is so lovely! One of these days I’m going to have to figure out how to make a grain free sour dough starter. I LOVED English muffins as a kid and would love to try your recipe. I bet my kids would love them too.

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