English muffins recipe

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English muffins
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  • healthy
Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories247 Kcal12%
Sugar1.0 g1%
Fat4.4 g6%
Saturated Fat0.5 g3%
Salt0.6 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein7.6 g15%
Carbohydrates47.2 g18%
Salt0.6 gRow 7 - Cell 2

Whip up a batch of traditional English muffins in just three simple steps. It takes just five ingredients to make these classics.

Topped with scrambled egg, smoked salmon, or simply with a spread of butter, nothing beats homemade English muffins. These golden buns are made with just a handful of store cupboard ingredients; flour, salt, yeast, sunflower oil, and water. Baked in just 20 minutes.


  • 500g strong plain flour
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1 sachet easy-blend dried yeast
  • 2tblsp sunflower oil
  • 300ml warm water

You will also need:

  • 8-9cm round cutter
  • Baking sheets, greased
  • Cling film




  1. Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Stir in the yeast. Mix together 300ml warm water and oil and pour into the flour. Mix together well, until the ingredients bind together, then knead for 5-10 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
  2. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of about 1cm. Use the cutter to cut out rounds. Place the rounds, well spaced out, on a baking sheet. Cover with oiled cling film and leave in a warm place, until about doubled in size.
  3. Heat a griddle or frying-pan over a moderate heat. Grease the griddle or pan lightly. Slide a palette knife under the muffins, and carefully transfer to the hot pan. Cook 3 or 4 at a time for 3-4 minutes on each side, until lightly golden. Remove from the pan and keep warm if serving immediately or transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Top tips for making English muffins

These muffins will keep for up to 3 months in the freezer. Defrost for around 4 hours and serve toasted.

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies