English Muffins or Crumpets

Recipe by Halcyon Eve
READY IN: 4hrs 45mins




  • In a large bowl, combine 1/2 cup water, sugar, and yeast. Allow to sit until mixture is foamy. Add warm milk and salt, then stir in flour. Beat mixture hard for 5 minutes, then cover and allow to rise in a warm place for 3 hours or until very bubbly. It's okay if it rises and collapses; just proceed to next step.
  • Dissolve baking soda in 1/4 cup water. Gently stir into batter. Cover again and allow to rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
  • Grease griddle and English muffin rings (a.k.a. crumpet rings). Heat griddle over low heat for 10 minutes. Place rings on pan and spoon about 1/4 cup batter into each. For English muffin batter, spread slightly with spoon to fill ring (crumpet batter will do so on its own).
  • For English muffins, allow to cook for about 5-8 minutes or until bottoms are golden. Flip and cook other side, removing rings as you do so, for another 5-8 minutes or until both sides are nicely browned. Remove from pan. Continue until all batter is used.
  • For crumpets, cook for about 8 minutes without flipping, until tops are pale but dry and full of holes and bottoms are golden brown. Remove from pan and rings. Continue until all batter is used.
  • Cool on wire rack.
  • To serve English muffins, split and toast. To serve crumpets, toast without splitting. Serve either with plenty of butter and jam or other desired toppings.