The simplest recipe for Vegan English Muffins, made with just 6 ingredients! These are full of classic flavor and delicious when toasted (with butter + jam) or on a Breakfast sandwich. Much richer in flavor than store-bought, you’ll impress your friends with this recipe!
I have always been held back from trying English muffins because I do not own biscuit molds and frankly, have never really been a crumpet eater! I love toast in the morning and have never felt the need to branch outside of a my traditional country loaf.
In times of quarantine, anything “novel” (but requiring minimal effort) has been a win. Enter: these super-simple English Muffins. They’re perfectly crispy on the outside with soft nooks and crannies inside.
How to Make English Muffins at Home
Since this dough is yeasted, it benefits from an overnight rise. Be sure you give yourself some starting time before thinking this can be made in one day! Trust me, that extra long sleep in the fridge lets the dough develop a more complex flavor and produces a greater amount of airy holes.
After letting your dough rest in the fridge, you’ll carefully turn it out, build some gluten structure with folding, and then shape into about 12 equal rounds. These need to relax for about another hour and then they’re ready to be cooked: toasted on a griddle and then cooked through briefly. Most of the time needed in this recipe is completely hands-off.
FAQs about English Muffins
What is the difference between active yeast and instant yeast?
In short, active yeast needs to be dissolved in water before using, whereas instant yeast is made with smaller particles that do not require dissolving. Active yeast is the most common packet you’ll find in stores. Dissolving it in water “activates” it (see?) and you’re able to check if it is still alive. If it does not foam after adding warm water, it’s likely dead and you’ll need a new packet to start with. Click here to read more.
What kind of flour do I need to make English Muffins?
I only recommend using all purpose white flour or bread flour. I do not recommend experimenting with whole wheat your first time, as it tends to be “thirstier” and requires more water. AP flour helps us keep a high-hydration dough, which will yield the most nooks and crannies.
Do I need a stand mixer to make English Muffins at home?
Short answer: no! While a stand mixer can definitely be convenient, it is not a necessity here. A little extra elbow grease will get the job done.
I hope you enjoy this recipe for Vegan English Muffins! If you’re looking to do some more bread baking, try one of these recipes next:
Vegan English Muffins
- One 1 1/4 oz package active dry yeast active should work also since we're doing a double rise
- 1 TBS sugar organic cane sugar if you can find it
- 3/4 cup milk (dairy-free if needed) + 1 TBS vinegar our "buttermilk"
- 4 TBS butter, dairy-free if needed
- 2 TBS canola or avocado oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 and 1/4 cups all purpose flour, divided 532 grams
- Cornmeal for dusting optional but recommended
- Combine yeast, sugar, and 1 cup warm water in a large bowl or in the base of a stand mixer. Make sure that it becomes foamy after a few minutes, this means your yeast is "alive." If it does not foam, start again with a new packet.
- Add milk+vinegar mixture, butter, canola oil, and salt and beat to combine, either with your mixture or a wooden spoon. Add 4 cups of flour and beat until a shaggy dough forms. If you're doing this by hand it will take a big longer, try to vigorously stir for 5-10 minutes until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl. This helps develop some gluten for structure. The dough will be very wet. If you're having trouble getting it to combine, add remaining 1/4 cup flour. Remove dough from large bowl and transfer to a medium-sized, lightly oiled mixing bowl. Cover with plastic wrap or BeesWrap tightly and let sit in the fridge overnight. This will insure the best flavor and make the dough easier to handle.The dough will expand a lot in the fridge, so make sure you have space and choose the right bowl for the job.
- In the morning of the next day, remove your dough from the fridge and divided into 11 or 12 equal square portions on a clean work surface. Dust two baking sheets with cornmeal and set aside. Taking one portion of dough at a time, fold each corner of the square inward to create a little package. To develop more gluten, push dough back and forth on the work surface to create a tighter unit. This will help build surface tension and insure the the muffins hold their shape. Mold into a circle and place on the cornmeal-dusted sheet. Repeat with remaining pieces of dough. Lightly cover baking sheets with a damp towel and allow to rise 60 more minutes. They will become nice and puffy. Close to the end of the rise time, preheat your oven to 350 F.
- Preheat your oven to 350 F. Heat an un-oiled cast iron skillet or griddle to medium. Once hot, gently place one muffin at a time on the hot pan, pressing slightly with the skillet to insure a level topping. Do not press too firmly, as you don't want to get rid of the gas bubbles that have built up after the rising. Let cook for about 5 minutes each side, until golden brown. Flip carefully, as you would pancakes. One both sides are browned, use a spatula to transfer one muffin at a time to the preheated baking sheet. Let cook for 10 minutes more in the oven, to insure the sides are dry and the inside is properly set up. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Split muffins open with a fork (to help preserve those nooks and crannies), toast is desired, and enjoy!