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Sourdough English Muffins + A Giveaway!

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English muffins always remind me of being a kid. If I was sick and home from school, Mom would make me a hot cup of sweet tea and an English muffin toasted with butter. And when we weren’t sick, English muffin pizzas were often our go-to after school snack. There always was something magical, and tasty, about English muffins -which, by the way, always had to be opened with a fork. Never a knife! You ruin all those delicious nooks and crannies!

I’ve never made English muffins from scratch before. It was always something mysterious that only Thomas’ could do with their famous Thomas’ English Muffins. But guess what? I finally did. It doesn’t take magic! It isn’t even very difficult. You just need to be patient, as bread baking requires, and give the yeast time to work it’s magic.

Do you like to bake bread or other yeast products? If you do (or if you haven’t yet and would like to), this post is for you!

Red Star Yeast has graciously provided us a goodie basket to offer in a giveaway to The Keenan Cookbook readers. Here’s what one lucky winner will get:

  • A sample of 3-strip packages of Red Stars Active Dry Yeast
  • A Red Star Gourmet Embossed Bread Pan
  • A Red Star Flexible Cutting/Kneading board
  • The Kneaded Loaf recipe book by Red Star Yeast

This giveaway is pretty much everything you need to get started with bread baking! So what are you waiting for? Stop reading and admiring the pretty photos, hop down to the giveaway!

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Oh, hi, still reading? Well, ok. I do have some extra space to type between these pretty photos, so if you insist!

Baby #2 countdown is in full swing over here, with just less than 2 weeks until he arrives. Last night as we were winding down for bedtime with Baby Boy in his room, he opened his door and pointed down the hall to where the new baby’s room is. I asked him if that is his brother’s room-  he pointed again, nodded, and said his version of Baby #2’s possible name (still a work in progress!).

I both feel like I am ready for new baby and not. On the one hand we’re all ready for him; his room is all set, the house is mostly clean, and we have our bags all packed for hospital and for Baby Boy’s sleep over at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. On the other, I’ve really enjoyed the past 18 months with Baby Boy. I’ve loved every minute with him, even those very trying first few weeks when we had to rock, and rock, and rock him to sleep.

I loved seeing him do all those “firsts” like eating food (oh the face he made), or taking those first few steps with a triumphant look.  I love the huge smile I am greeted with when I walk in the door after work. And I love how he insists on being “Up. UP. UP!!” whenever I am doing ANYTHING that he wants to be involved with me in; vacuuming, cooking, the dishes.

I’ll continue to love Baby Boy, to be sure, and I know 100% I’m going to love everything about this New Baby, his firsts and everything that will make him as unique and awesome as Baby Boy is. It’s just the anxiousness of wanting to meet him, and the bitter sweetness of knowing that only child Baby Boy and Daddy time will soon be Baby Boys and Daddy time.

Ok. Enough introspection. Back to baking!

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Sourdough English Muffins


  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine all ingredients and mix with paddle attachment at medium speed for 4 minutes or until the dough has just come together. Switch out paddle attachment to a dough hook and beat another 4 to 5 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic.
  2. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease. Cover with plastic wrap and a dish towel, store in a warm non drafty place (like your oven) until dough tests ripe. (ie Gently stick two fingers in the risen dough up to the second knuckle and take them out. If the indentations remain, the dough is ripe and ready. If not, cover and let rise longer.)
  3. Once dough is ripe, roll dough out on a clean surface sprinkled with cornmeal or semolina to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut the dough into 3 to 4 inch diameter circles. I used a turned over measuring cup. Turn to coat top side with cornmeal. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Cover and let rise until doubled.
  4. When risen, carefully place muffins on a greased and preheated to 325 degree gridggle or fry pan. Bake 10 minutes on each side or until sides are deep golden brown. Serve hot off the skillet or allow to cool before splitting and toasting.

Recipe from:The Kneaded Loaf by Red Star Yeast


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39 thoughts

  • September 27, 2012 at 8:32 am

    English muffin pizzas were *completely* a staple of my childhood. What a great recipe! I am still working on my fear of yeast, but so far my favorite thing I’ve tried has been a simple whole wheat loaf. 🙂

  • Jackie Watson
    September 27, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Favorite recipe would be cinnamon rolls!

  • September 27, 2012 at 10:26 am

    My grandmother’s cinnamon rolls. I will be making these sourdough english muffins. I have a english muffin every morning for breakfast.

  • Robin Chesser
    September 27, 2012 at 10:45 am

    So glad I have some sourdough starter to make these english muffins!

  • Kat Taylor
    September 27, 2012 at 11:26 am

    What could be better than these goodies! Nooks and crannies of my very own doing !

  • Stephanie
    September 27, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    My favorite go to yeast recipe is definitely whole-wheat pizza dough. It’s so easy to throw together and making homemade pizza is a pretty simple way to make a meal that everyone likes!

  • Daniela Arteaga
    September 28, 2012 at 8:20 am

    I love making sweet yeast bread!

  • Brenda D
    September 28, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Any kind of bread is my favorite for using yeast!! Thanks!

  • Terri C
    September 28, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Enjoy making anything with yeast, dilly bread is a fave!

  • Kerry Weiss
    September 28, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I am excited for a chance to try out Red Star’s Platinum yeast. I will use it first in challah.

  • Amy b
    September 28, 2012 at 8:31 am

    5 minute artisan bread

  • Pat Johndro
    September 28, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I like a sweet dough and make dinner rolls, cinnamon rolls and dough boys with this one recipe.

  • Susan
    September 28, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Honesty I have never cooked with yeast. Never cooked anything that needed it, but would love to start learning to make homemade bread. I see all the comments how people just love theirs. Plus its getting harder and harder to find a good loaf of bread @ the store..

    • Chris
      September 28, 2012 at 10:28 am

      So true about the loaf of bread comment! Susan, no better time than now to get started cooking with yeast 🙂 Good luck!

  • Jessica
    September 28, 2012 at 9:15 am

    I love making dinner rolls!

  • September 28, 2012 at 9:18 am

    My go to recipe is my grandmother’s recipe for bread rolls, which we use for sandwiches throughout the week. I love the smell of bread baking on a Sunday afternoon! Okay, I love the smell of bread baking ANYTIME!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Miranda C.
    September 28, 2012 at 9:28 am

    My favorite go to recipe for yeast is cinnamon rolls. <3

  • H.B.
    September 28, 2012 at 10:24 am

    These look delicious!

  • Pauline Gudas
    September 28, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I love to make Anandama bread!!! I would love to try the Engkish muffins but I will need to get a sourdough starter for sure

  • Karen D
    September 28, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Alton Brown’s English Muffins. Though I’m looking forward to trying these sourdough ones… 🙂

  • michelle
    September 28, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    jim lahey’s no knead bread

  • Sarah
    September 28, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    I want to try my hand a my own cinnamon swirl bread.

  • Jill Hartley
    September 28, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    My favorite is my mom’s bread machine white bread. It’s amazing.

  • Sam Bleuel
    September 28, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Hope I win something! I would love to bake with this stuff, love trying new things.

  • Winnie Mom
    September 29, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I use Red Star Yeast whenever the recipe calls for yeast–especially in my angel biscuits. They have a taste and texture more of a bread that looks like a biscuit. Delicious. Will have to get some sour dough starter going so i can make these English Muffins. I wonder how the wheat flour would work instead of the regular flour.

  • Meghan Finley
    September 29, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Cinnamon rolls

  • Patricia Wagner
    September 30, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Cinnamon rolls

  • Kelly
    September 30, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I’m still in the beginning stages of learning to cook with yeast. I made French bread once. It tasted good but boy was that an ugly loaf! I’m committing to using my bread machine more & trying to move into regular bread.

  • meredith
    September 30, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    I love making cottage cheese dill bread!

    • Chris
      October 1, 2012 at 7:38 am

      That sounds delicious! I’ve never heard of cottage cheese dill bread!

  • Crystal
    October 1, 2012 at 6:06 am

    I’m coming back to yeast after being scared away! I’m hoping to make my grandmother’s cinnamon buns – I would love to be able to give my kids the memories of them that I have as a child.

  • Gail Williams
    October 1, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Homemade pizza!

  • kesha
    October 2, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I like to make homemade cinnamon rolls with yeast!

  • October 3, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    These English Muffins are just jaw dropping. They are one of my favourite things and you are making my mouth water!

    I love yeast in homemade whole wheat bread!

  • Barb R.
    October 3, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    My favorite is challah bread, but I would love to try those English Muffins.

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