Honey Wheat English Muffins - Sally's Baking Addiction


These honey wheat English muffins are utterly home made from a easy 8 ingredient dough. The sticky dough doesn't require kneading and you may skip the rolling pin fully. Some home made English muffin recipes name for a spherical biscuit/cookie cutter, however you don’t want it for these– your fingers sprinkled with cornmeal or semolina flour are your finest device. Although the dough rises and is prepared in about 2 hours, I strongly advocate refrigerating it for at the very least 6 hours so your English muffins have higher taste.

This submit is prolonged as a result of I would like you prepped for the perfect success attainable. For those who’ve by no means made home made English muffins earlier than, I encourage you to assessment your complete submit in addition to the video and step-by-step photographs under the recipe. Are you a yeast newbie? This Baking with Yeast Information & my Yeast Newbies e mail collection are each useful.


English muffins are a breakfast staple within the US, impressed by the normal English crumpet. You may take pleasure in them plain, however they style divine toasted with butter, honey butter, or jam. English muffins are important for eggs Benedict and because the bread for breakfast sandwiches with egg, bacon or sausage, and cheese. For those who’ve by no means heard of English muffins earlier than, think about a home made yeasted bread patty with loads of ethereal pockets inside– a lot denser and flatter than dinner rolls. The craggy, ethereal goodness inside is branded as “nooks and crannies” by the corporate Thomas’. (Love their cinnamon raisin English muffins!)

Immediately’s recipe is a variation of English muffins, that are historically made with all white flour and little or no sugar. I like to make use of some complete wheat flour and sweeten them with honey for taste. They’re NOT candy like common fast bread-style muffins– just a bit contact of honey goodness to pair with the entire wheat taste. Scrumptious!

stack of homemade wheat English muffins

Are English Muffins… Bread?

Sure, a yeast bread. I learned they’re known as English muffins so that they aren’t confused with sweeter cupcake-like muffins resembling blueberry muffins.


This home made variation is splendidly tasty. Let me transient you on right this moment’s recipe.

These Do-it-yourself Honey Wheat English Muffins Are:

  • Made with a easy 8 ingredient no-knead dough
  • Brisker-tasting than store-bought
  • Excellent should you’re in search of a enjoyable baking venture
  • Began on the range and completed within the oven
  • Heartier-tasting than white flour English muffins
  • Tremendous tender and full of their signature jagged texture aka “nooks & crannies”
  • Begging you to slice & toast them and slather with butter!
  • An intermediate baking recipe

They don’t have the identical actual texture as store-bought, however the taste is out-of-this-world particularly should you let the dough relaxation within the fridge for at the very least 6 hours (and as much as 24 hours). Your kitchen will odor like a bakery and it’s simply so satisfying.

Begin on the range: Do-it-yourself English muffins might be cooked fully on the range, but it surely is dependent upon your range and griddle/skillet state of affairs. I've a big griddle, but it surely doesn’t warmth evenly so the batch isn't constant. I additionally discover that English muffins solely cooked on the range find yourself doughy inside. For finest (and most uniform) outcomes, I like to recommend beginning the muffins on the range and ending them within the oven.


After making home made English muffins from King Arthur Baking, I made a decision to strive my hand at a honey wheat model. This recipe went by 6 rounds of dough variations.

baking sheets with test batches of English muffins on top

Recipe Testing The English Muffins: What Labored & What Didn’t

Right here’s What Works:

  • Use melted butter as a result of recipe exams made with softened butter weren’t as flavorful.
  • Embrace a sticky dough made with *some* complete wheat flour and *some* all-purpose or bread flour.
  • You'll be tempted so as to add extra flour, however don't give in. The excessive hydration stage is vital to acquiring that shaggy & ethereal texture inside.
  • Let the dough rise on the counter till doubled, about 2 hours. Then let it relaxation within the fridge for at the very least 6 hours. This time provides the muffins additional taste, plus chilly dough is MUCH EASIER to work with. (We do the identical when making artisan bread.)
  • Begin the muffins on the range in a skillet or on a griddle and end them within the oven. Prepare dinner till an instant read thermometer reads the middle as 200°F (93°C). For those who don’t have an on the spot learn thermometer, minimize a muffin open and if it’s nonetheless additional doughy within the middle, return to the oven.

Right here’s What Doesn’t Work:

  • A agency, dry dough is not going to produce an ethereal middle.
  • Keep away from utilizing ALL complete wheat flour as a result of you could find yourself with bread hockey pucks.
  • Don't punch down the dough after it rises.
  • Don't skip the cornmeal or semolina flour as a result of it’s wanted to coat the dough and your fingers. (Utilizing common flour as a substitute will dry out the dough– you need one thing coarse that the dough can’t actually soak up.)
  • Don't flatten the formed muffins with power as a result of you do not need to utterly deflate them.

Step-by-step photographs are discovered under the printable recipe.


9 Substances You Want

There are 8 substances within the dough, plus cornmeal for fingers + cooking floor.

  1. Milk: Milk creates a tender bread. Some recipes name for utilizing some milk and a few water, however I discovered utilizing all milk superb particularly when utilizing complete wheat flour as a result of it’s so drying. Entire milk is nice, however you should use any milk– non dairy or dairy + any milk fats.
  2. Yeast: Use active-dry or on the spot yeast. The recipe directions stay the identical irrespective of which you employ.
  3. Honey: Honey provides taste. Be happy to switch with common granulated sugar, however I would scale back all the way down to 2 Tablespoons.
  4. Egg: Don't skip the egg as a result of the muffins lacked construction and taste.
  5. Melted Butter: Some fats provides taste and melted butter is good.
  6. Salt: A scant 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of normal desk salt provides the bread good taste and balances out the three Tablespoons of honey.
  7. Entire Wheat Flour: Use 1 cup of complete wheat flour.
  8. Bread Flour or All-Objective Flour: The remaining flour ought to be bread flour or all-purpose flour. This quantity *barely* varies primarily based on humidity, climate, model of flour, and so many different little components which can be crucial to yeast dough’s efficiency. Nevertheless, 2 cups + 3 Tablespoons was the proper quantity every time I examined.
  9. Cornmeal or Semolina: You want both for coating the dough and your fingers. Utilizing common flour as a substitute will dry out the dough– you need one thing coarse that the dough can’t actually soak up. As a bonus, this provides a stunning little crunch on the muffin’s exterior.

ingredients needed for dough including egg, melted butter, whole wheat flour, honey, milk, and yeast

Fast Comparability

As soon as I landed on the proper dough, it’s all a matter of shaping and cooking the muffins. Use your fingers to softly form the dough into 1-inch thick discs. The following picture exhibits 3 columns of cooked English muffins. Let me clarify every.

  1. Under Left: Because the muffins cook dinner on the range, keep away from flattening them an excessive amount of with a spatula. Somewhat is ok, however don’t overdo it otherwise you’ll find yourself squeezing all of the air out– aka you’ll be consuming bread hockey pucks as pictured. The warmth was additionally a bit of excessive on my range and I cooked them too lengthy, so that they burned a bit.
  2. Under Heart: It’s finest to cook dinner the muffins over medium or medium-low warmth. Something decrease might not correctly cook dinner the muffins as you may see.
  3. Under Proper: Completely cooked English muffins are browned with oodles of crumbly air pockets inside. These are cooked over medium warmth on a griddle (medium low warmth for a skillet) for 7-8 minutes on either side and completed within the oven.

photo showing English muffins comparison

Can I Skip the Range?

I don't advocate it. Cooking them fully or briefly on the range browns and units the outside, stopping them from puffing up an excessive amount of. If cooked fully within the oven, you’ll have rounded dense dinner rolls, not English muffins.

cooking English muffins on the griddle on the stove

toasted homemade English muffin with butter on blue plate

Reducing Into Your English Muffins

To protect the craggy texture, I like to recommend slicing the honey wheat English muffins in half utilizing a serrated knife. Or you may slice across the edges with a daily sharp knife after which pry the 2 halves aside with a fork.


Learn how to Retailer & Freeze Do-it-yourself Honey Wheat English Muffins

This recipe yields 12 muffins. The shelf lifetime of home made English muffins is shorter than store-bought. Retailer leftovers coated at room temperature for as much as 2 days after which switch to the fridge for as much as 3 days. After that, it’s finest to freeze them. Freeze for as much as 3 months after which thaw by defrosting within the microwave or setting out on the counter. For finest style and texture, slice and toast them.

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Description

These honey wheat English muffins are utterly home made from a easy no-knead 8 ingredient dough. Although the dough rises and is prepared in about 2 hours, I strongly advocate refrigerating it for at the very least 6 hours so your English muffins have higher taste. For finest success, assessment recipe notes, video tutorial, and step-by-step photographs (under) earlier than beginning.


  • 1 and 1/4 cups (300ml) milk, warmed to about 100°F (38°C)*
  • 2 teaspoons (6gon the spot or energetic dry yeast*
  • 3 Tablespoons honey*
  • 2 Tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter, melted & barely cooled
  • 1 giant egg, at room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup (130g) complete wheat flour (spoon & leveled)*
  • 2 cups + 3 Tablespoons (280g) bread flour or all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)*
  • cornmeal or semolina flour for dealing with dough (at the very least 1/2 cup (60g))

  1. Put together the dough: In a big un-greased mixing bowl, whisk the nice and cozy milk, yeast, and honey collectively within the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment. Cowl and permit combination to take a seat for about 5 minutes or till foamy on prime. *If you don't personal a mixer, you are able to do this in a big mixing bowl and within the subsequent step, combine the dough along with a big wood spoon/rubber spatula. A hand mixer works, however the sticky dough repeatedly will get caught within the beaters. Mixing by hand with a wood spoon or rubber spatula is a better option.*
  2. Add the butter, egg, salt, complete wheat flour, and 1 cup (about 130g) of the bread flour. Whisk to mix. Add 1 extra cup (130g) bread flour and beat on low pace for two minutes. Dough will likely be extraordinarily sticky and like a free batter. Add remaining flour, scrape down the perimeters of the bowl with a rubber spatula, after which beat on low pace for 1 minute to mix. Scrape down the perimeters of the bowl once more after which fold the dough collectively a number of occasions along with your rubber spatula. Don't be tempted so as to add extra flour. It’s purported to be very sticky.
  3. Cowl the dough tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and set on the counter at room temperature. Enable to rise till double in measurement, about 2 hours. The dough will likely be sticking to the perimeters of the bowl and have plenty of air bubbles. You may proceed with step 4 instantly, however for best possible taste and texture, I strongly advocate letting this risen dough relaxation within the fridge for at the very least 6 hours and as much as 24 hours. Place coated dough within the fridge for 6-24 hours. The dough will very barely puff up throughout this time, however might start to deflate after 24 hours.
  4. Line two giant baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. One is for the formed raw muffins and the 2nd is for baking the muffins.
  5. Form the muffins: Take away chilly dough from the fridge– no must deliver it to room temperature. Sprinkle a bit of cornmeal/semolina on the floor of the dough and throughout your fingers. Have extra close by and use each time issues start getting tremendous sticky. Seize a small handful of dough, about 1/3 cup of dough or 2.5-3 ounces in case you have a kitchen scale, and gently type right into a 1-inch thick disc that’s about 3.5 inches in diameter– doesn’t have to be excellent– and place onto lined baking sheet. You’re principally shaping them as you’d form hamburger patties. Repeat with remaining dough for a complete of about 12. Sprinkle the tops of the formed discs frivolously with extra cornmeal and canopy to relaxation for 20 minutes. (Don't prolong this time or the muffins will puff an excessive amount of.)
  6. In the meantime, because the formed muffins relaxation, get your range prepared. Warmth a griddle to medium warmth or about 325°F (163°C) or use a big skillet or forged iron skillet over medium-low warmth. In case your griddle/skillet/forged iron is nonstick or seasoned, there’s no must grease it. If not nonstick, grease with a bit of butter. As soon as greased pan/griddle is heated, sprinkle frivolously with cornmeal/semolina flour and start to cook dinner the muffins within the subsequent step.
  7. Learn this complete step earlier than beginning to cook dinner the muffins. Utilizing a flat spatula, rigorously switch nevertheless many muffins can match in your pan/griddle with at the very least 2 inches between every as a result of muffins will puff up as they cook dinner. Gently flatten them across the edges with the again of your spatula, being cautious to not flatten too laborious which might deflate them. Prepare dinner for 7-8 minutes after which flip over, gently flatten once more, and cook dinner for an additional 7-8 minutes. (No must grease or sprinkle extra cornmeal/semolina when flipping.) This cook dinner time is a normal guideline as a result of griddles/stoves/pans can warmth in a different way and/or inconsistently. You need to cook dinner till golden brown on either side and edges appear set. If muffins appear to be over-browning shortly, barely flip down the range’s warmth. And, because the muffins cook dinner, you can begin preheating the oven (subsequent step). Switch cooked muffins to the unused ready baking sheet.
  8. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C).
  9. Bake for 8-11 minutes or till an instant read thermometer reads the middle as 200°F (93°C). For those who don’t have an on the spot learn thermometer, minimize a muffin open after 8 minutes and if it’s nonetheless additional doughy within the middle, return to the oven till baked by. I often bake them for at the very least 10 minutes.
  10. Take away from the oven and funky for 10 minutes on the baking sheet earlier than slicing and dealing with. To protect the craggy texture, slice the honey wheat English muffins in half utilizing a serrated knife. Or you may slice across the edges with a daily sharp knife after which pry the 2 halves aside with a fork. Toast halves within the toaster if desired (style finest that approach!) and serve heat with desired toppings resembling butter, honey butter, jam, apple butter, or different topping of alternative. Muffins may also be used for breakfast sandwiches or eggs Benedict.
  11. Retailer leftovers coated at room temperature for as much as 2 days after which switch to the fridge for as much as 3 days. After that, it’s finest to freeze them. Freezing directions in notes.

Notes

  1. Make Forward Directions: Put together the dough by step 3 and let the dough relaxation within the fridge for as much as 24 hours earlier than persevering with with step 4. No must deliver dough to room temperature earlier than you start to form the muffins– chilly dough is simpler to work with!
  2. Make Forward Directions – Freezing: Baked English muffins freeze nicely as much as 3 months. You may freeze in a big container or freezer bag or wrap individually in plastic wrap. Thaw by defrosting within the microwave or setting out on the counter to return to room temperature. For finest style and texture, slice and toast them after thawing.
  3. Milk: Entire milk is nice, however you should use any milk– non dairy or dairy + any milk fats.
  4. Yeast: You need to use active-dry or on the spot yeast. The directions are the identical irrespective of which you employ. Notice that 2 teaspoons (6g) is lower than 1 normal packet.
  5. Honey: You may substitute the honey with granulated sugar, however scale back it all the way down to 2 Tablespoons (25g).
  6. Flour: This ratio of complete wheat to white flour is finest. I don't advocate utilizing extra complete wheat flour as a result of the feel of the English muffins will change. For the white flour, you should use bread flour or all-purpose flour. I like to recommend bread flour for the perfect texture.
  7. Tailored from King Arthur Baking. I lowered the flour, lowered the butter and switched to melted, used some complete wheat flour, swapped sugar for honey, and lowered the milk.

Key phrases: honey wheat English muffins

Let Me Present You a Few Steps

After the dough comes collectively, use a rubber spatula to fold the dough a number of occasions and scrape down the perimeters of the bowl. The dough may be very, very sticky:

English muffin wheat dough before rising

Under left: Let the dough rise at room temperature till doubled.

Under proper: Refrigerate for at the very least 6 hours. The dough doesn’t rise that a lot within the refrigeration interval– just a bit. Chilly dough does, nevertheless, produce a extra flavorful English muffin and it’s rather a lot simpler to work with than room temperature dough.

photo showing dough in two different stages

Not like most yeasted bread recipes, don't punch the dough down– you do not need this dough to break down or launch air. With cornmeal or semolina dusted fingers, start pulling sections of dough and gently shaping into discs. The dough may be very sticky, however manageable because it’s chilly.

English muffin wheat dough after rising

Organize on a lined baking sheet after which cowl and let relaxation for 20 minutes as you put together the range for cooking.

shaped English muffins on baking sheet before cooking

After cooking the muffins on either side on the range– a photograph you'll find above in addition to proven within the video tutorial– bake till the facilities are 200°F (93°C) or now not doughy.

English muffins on baking sheet

honey whole wheat English muffins

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