Whole Wheat English Muffins

We’re about a month into this quarantine and I don’t know what it’s like for all you out there but it is impossible to find certain things at the grocery store still! I mean, the toilet paper isle for one is empty EVERYtime. No sanitizer, no disinfectant cleaner, and the cleaning supplies in general are just scarce. I swear, everytime I have to go, most of the items I’m looking for are completely sold out, and one of those items is the English muffins. I used to eat an English muffin for breakfast everyday. It’s the perfect breakfast! Either with an egg, with some jam, or just some butter, English muffins are so versatile and provide a satisfying breakfast. 

This recipe is so easy. It’s a dough that basically steams as you cook it on a skillet. The recipe yields 8 muffins, and is best if eaten within a week. They can also be frozen in an airtight container if the yield is still too high for quarantine use. I like the whole wheat flavor. I gives the muffin a nice nutty and sweet flavor. If you don’t have this flour, or simply prefer white flour better, feel free to use it! 

 

Whole Wheat English Muffins

Yield 8

Water, lukewarm ¾ cup

Active dry yeast 1 tsp

Bread flour 1 cup

Whole wheat flour 1 cup

Yolk 1

Salt ¾ tsp

Butter, room temp 1 ½ Tbsp.

 

Directions:

Sprinkle yeast over lukewarm water and let it activate for 5 minutes.

In a bowl of a stand mixer, combine flours and salt. Add yeast mixture to the flour and mix with a paddle attachment. Add yolk, then room temp butter. Mix until dough comes together and continue to paddle it for 5 minutes.

Remove dough, knead into a smooth ball, and place in a oiled bowl. Cover and let the dough proof at room temperature for 2 hours. The dough should double inside.

Once proofed, turn dough out onto a clean worksurface. You do not need to flour the surface. Use a knife or a bench scraper to portion the dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll dough out into a ball, then flatten the dough to about 3 inches wide. Place on a sheet tray and cover with plastic wrap. Let them sit for 20 minutes at room temperature.

To cook the English muffins, get a large skillet or a griddle if you have one. Place English muffins in the cold skillet spaced out 1 to 2 inches from each other. The English muffins with puff up a bit but will not expand wider. Heat the skillet or griddle on low heat. Cook the first side for about 12 minutes. Low and slow is the way to go here, so the inside of the dough can cook all the way through. Once the dough has a nice color on the bottom, flip the dough over. The second side will take much less time since the pan is already hot. Cook for about 4-5 minutes on the second side. Repeat with the remaining dough, remember, the pan is already hot so the cook times will likely be shorter. Just keep an eye on how dark the color is getting.

The heat from the skillet should be enough to cook the English muffin through, but if you are unsure about it’s doneness then you can place English muffins in a preheated 350 degree F oven for a couple minutes just to be sure.

Let English muffins cool at room temperature, then store them in an airtight container. They’ll last for up to 4 days at room temperature and 2 weeks in the fridge. Enjoy!

Whole Wheat English Muffins

Saura Madani
English muffin recipe using whole wheat flour
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup water, lukewarm
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp butter, room temp.

Instructions
 

  • Sprinkle yeast over lukewarm water and let it activate for 5 minutes.
    In a bowl of a stand mixer, combine flours and salt. Add yeast mixture to the flour and mix with a paddle attachment. Add yolk, then room temp butter. Mix until dough comes together and continue to paddle it for 5 minutes.
  • Remove dough, knead into a smooth ball, and place in a oiled bowl. Cover and let the dough proof at room temperature for 2 hours. The dough should double inside.
  • Once proofed, turn dough out onto a clean work surface. You do not need to flour the surface. Use a knife or a bench scraper to portion the dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll dough out into a ball, then flatten the dough to about 3 inches wide. Place on a sheet tray and cover with plastic wrap. Let them sit for 20 minutes at room temperature.
  • To cook the English muffins, get a large skillet or a griddle if you have one. Place English muffins in the cold skillet spaced out 1 to 2 inches from each other. The English muffins with puff up a bit but will not expand wider. Heat the skillet or griddle on low heat. Cook the first side for about 12 minutes. Low and slow is the way to go here, so the inside of the dough can cook all the way through. Once the dough has a nice color on the bottom, flip the dough over. The second side will take much less time since the pan is already hot. Cook for about 4-5 minutes on the second side. Repeat with the remaining dough, remember, the pan is already hot so the cook times will likely be shorter. Just keep an eye on how dark the color is getting.
  • The heat from the skillet should be enough to cook the English muffin through, but if you are unsure about it’s doneness then you can place English muffins in a preheated 350 degree F oven for a couple minutes just to be sure.
  • Let English muffins cool at room temperature, then store them in an airtight container. They’ll last for up to 4 days at room temperature and 2 weeks in the fridge. Enjoy!

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