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Amazing Sourdough English Muffins

Puffy and soft sourdough english muffins made with active sourdough starter. Their nooks and crannies hold your favorite butter and jam! An absolutely delicious way to eat sourdough!
4.65 from 76 votes
Prep Time :15 minutes
Cook Time :30 minutes
Additional Time :14 hours
Total Time :14 hours 45 minutes
Yield: 10 english muffins
Author: Amanda Paa



  • 75 grams active sourdough starter
  • 15 grams cane sugar
  • 220 grams whole milk
  • 135 grams water
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 9 grams fine sea salt
  • 500 grams organic all-purpose flour
  • cornmeal for dusting


  • In the bowl of your stand mixer, add starter and sugar.
  • Add milk, water, and butter to a bowl. Microwave 40ish seconds, until butter is just melted. Let cool for 5 minutes, you don't want it to be too hot.
  • Add liquid mixture to bowl, and whisk with a fork to combine and disperse the starter.
  • Add flour and salt. Put dough hook on mixer, and start on low, speed 2 on kitchenaid mixer to incorporate flour, about one minute. Then turn to medium, speed 4 on a Kitchenaid, for 8 minutes. When finished, the dough will very wet. This is normal. Take a spatula and scrape the edges of the dough up onto itself, to round it out.
  • Let dough bulk ferment. This will take about 8-10 hours if your house is at 70 degrees. (So you could do this overnight while you sleep). Bulk ferment is complete when the dough has at least doubled, and is puffy and domed on the top. It should look pillowy and domed.
  • Dust your work surface with flour, and grab underneath the dough to take it out of the bowl and onto the surface. Let rest for 15 minutes. Pat into a 3/4 inch inch high circle or rectangle. Dust the top of muffins with flour, and a vase or glass mouth that is about 4 inches wide. Cut out circles, and move them onto a parchment lined baking sheet dusted with cornmeal. They will stick if you do not do this.
  • Cover pan with a very light towel, and let rise again for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until your english muffins are puffy. They will not rise a ton. It's the puffiness you're going for.
  • Heat griddle or cast iron skillet to about 350 degrees F. You can add a knob of butter to griddle or skillet if you'd like, but optional. They'll now puff when they cook! Leave undisturbed, cooking english muffins for about 7 minutes on each side, until internal temperature reaches 200 degrees F.


Recipe adapted from Artisan Sourdough Made Simple, and The Swirling Spoon.