English Muffins: Super Frugal Recipe!


I absolutely love English muffins…give me an English muffin and a poached egg for breakfast and I am one happy gal!

What I don’t like about English muffins is the cost. A package of 6 Thomas’ is about $3.50, although you can often find them on a BOGO sale. Inspired by this recipe, I decided to give making english muffins a try!


  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1/4 cup melted shortening or butter
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cormeal for dusting


  1. Warm the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat. Let cool until lukewarm.
  2. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add honey and gently mix. Let stand for 10-15 minutes until bubbly and creamy..
  3. In a large bowl, combine the milk, yeast mixture, shortening and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth.
  4. Add salt and the rest of the flour, or until a soft dough forms.
  5. Turn dough out on to a lightly floured cutting board and knead for a about a minute.
  6. Place in greased bowl, cover, and let rise.
  7. Punch down dough and roll out to about 3/8″ thick. Using a large biscoit cutter, cut dough in to rounds.
  8. Dust parchment paper with cornmeal and set the rounds on it to rise. Dust tops of rounds with cornmeal
  9. Cover and let rise 45 minutes to an hour.
  10. Heat a lightly-greased griddle. Cook muffins on griddle on top of stove over medium heat for about 10 minutes on each side
  11. To use, split and toast.

This was a VERY easy recipe that was less than 1/2 the price of buying them in the store. Give it a try (and let me know how it goes for you!


  1. kimmiep621 says

    oh man did you have to post this? lol that is one of my weakness’s now i have to add yeast to my shopping list for tomorrow mmmmmmm


    • Mindi says

      You’re welcome? ;-)

      They’re delicious! My husband even grabbed a bunch last night and made wonderful mini-pizzas for he & the kids last night!

  2. Jennifer Y. says

    Wow, I am super impressed!! I am a baker, but there are some things that I’m too afraid to try. I know it’s dumb, but I made homemade cinnamon rolls for the first time just last year. I think I am afraid of the yeast products–lol.

    This looks really interesting! I may just have to break out of my comfort zone and try them.

    • Mindi says

      I used to be afraid of yeast breads too…mainly because it never seemed to turn out right.

      But a Kitchen Aid with a dough hook makes it so easy!

  3. yanjiaren says

    Oh I wish I could eat some now. I miss England already lol. I am in Canada visiting my Fiance. I hope we can get married soon.

  4. jenn says

    thanks so much for sharing this. i never buy english muffins because of the cost and for the most part, i do not purchase bread. for the past 6 months i have been on a quest to make all of our bread myself. having a bread machine helps out a great deal.

    these sound so easy and i know i am not the only one in this house who loves them :O)

  5. says

    Just so I am clear – NOT having a Kitchenaid at all, much less with a dough hook, combined with being culinarily challenged would preclude me from trying this recipe – yes??

    • Mindi says

      Sorry – the dough hook just makes the kneading process easier……

      Our ancesters didn’t have Kitchen Aids and still managed to make yeast breads…..you can too!


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