Sourdough English muffins

I have a couple of new babies in the fridge that I have to care for. I have a 4 weeks old sourdough starter and two 3 weeks old yogurt cultures. And also have an embryo of a vinegar mother growing in a mason jar of old wine. So lot of lives depending on me right now. And on my ability to use the excess of the production (I hate throwing out food! even if it is just a mixture of flour and water).

Sourdough English muffins

I have tried a couple of things. The yogurt I have transformed into labne (strained salted yogurt becomes delectable spreadable cheese), the unfed sourdough went into bread, muffins, cake, and of course these English muffins. Oh the yogurt too went in the muffins and cake with the sourdough.

My cake and regular muffins came out good (which you can see in the picture with the English muffins), but have been winging the recipe so cannot right it down quite yet. The English muffins on the other hand I measured, so that recipe I can share.

Sourdough English muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 12 muffins


  • 1 cup unfed sourdough starter
  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp sugar (or honey)
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Mix everything and knead until it is smooth and not too sticky. If needed adjust the quantity of water and/or flour.
  2. Let rest for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  3. Roll the dough into a 1 inch thick layer and cut out the muffins with a cookie cutter, sprinkle with corn flour or semolina if they stick too much.
  4. Cook in an hot pan, turning the muffins every 4-5 minutes to avoid burning, Cover the pan to increase the temperature if needed.
  5. I found cooking the trickiest part: first batch turned out burnt and a bit flat, second one went much better. You will have to get to know your stove and pan, so I would advise cooking the first couple of muffins one by one to figure out how to get them just perfect.


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12 Responses to Sourdough English muffins

  1. I love how English muffins have all those nooks and crannies that capture butter and other yummy stuff so perfectly. Not the most dietetic of breakfasts perhaps, but certainly one of the most delicious!

  2. I’d like to make English muffins one day. It’s one of my favorite bread actually, and love making sandwich with a fried egg! This looks amazing, Pola!

  3. Ramona says:

    What lovely english muffins… I would eat them any time. 🙂

  4. My sourdough starter did not last long… the little human lives depending on me were more than enough and I gave up after a few weeks… it wasn’t so much keeping it alive, it was more about waisting the constant production that gave me anxiety. So I know what you mean. I am however totally impressed by those who manage (and I have total admiration for you with more than one live thing in your kitchen). English muffins is one of those things I really miss here and absolutely want to try them!! Great job!

  5. Chiara says:

    sarebbe la mia colazione preferita, odio stare a dieta!

  6. english muffin, uovo in camicia, salsa olandese, succo d’ arancia.
    la colazione perfetta. : )

  7. Love those sourdough English muffins! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe, Pola.

  8. omgosh this sounds amazingggg! so delicious!

  9. Well done Pola on all of your “babies”! Great idea to make labne. I find it so versatile and a delicious cream cheese substitute 🙂

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