English Muffin Buns

This recipe is based on one for English Muffin Bread from Restless Chipotle. I use the King Arthur bun pan to make these English muffin or crumpet-like buns. They are very moist with an open crumb. This batter can also be made into a loaf by scraping the batter into a buttered loaf pan, letting rise 30-45 minutes, and baking 15-20 minutes at 425°F.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1½ teaspoons honey
  • 260 grams all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm (120°F - 125°F) milk

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Lightly butter the wells of the bun pan.
  2. Mix yeast, honey, and warm water in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. Stir the flour, salt, and baking powder together.
  4. Add the milk to the yeast mixture and stir, followed by about one cup of the flour mixture. Blend well.
  5. Add the remaining flour and beat to bring all the ingredients together. The dough should be very soft and “goopy.”
  6. Spoon about 95 grams of batter into each well of the bun pan.
  7. Let rise in a warm place for about 30-45 minutes, until the batter just reaches the top of the wells. Preheat oven to 400°F. (For me, in an oven with the light on, I give it about 30 minutes, then remove and let continue to rise on the counter for another 10 minutes while the oven heats.)
  8. Bake for about 10 minutes. Cool before slicing and toasting.
Batter is ready to go into the oven They will be light golden brown when done The buns are light and puffy! The crust is lightly crisp. They'll sink a bit and gain some texture as they cool. The interior is full of hole-y goodness!