Title Value
1. Milk 1 cup
Sourdough starter
½ cup
All-purpose flour
2 cups
White sugar
1 tablespoon
Baking soda
1 teaspoon
6. Salt ½ teaspoon
Unbleached all-purpose flour
½ cup
Cornmeal, or as needed
1 tablespoon


1 . Stage

Stir milk and sourdough starter together in a large bowl until mostly smooth. Mix in flour. Cover bowl and leave to ferment at room temperature, 8 hours to overnight.

2 . Stage

Add sugar, baking soda, and salt to the preferment, stirring just enough to incorporate. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead for 4 to 5 minutes, adding as much of the 1/2 cup flour as needed to make the dough workable.

3 . Stage

Use a rolling pin to flatten dough to an even 1/2-inch thickness. Cut into 4-inch rounds using a clean tuna can or biscuit cutter; keep edges well floured to avoid sticking.

4 . Stage

Sprinkle a thin layer of cornmeal over a sheet of waxed paper. Arrange cut-outs over the cornmeal. Sprinkle a thin layer over the dough. Let rest for 45 minutes.

5 . Stage

Heat a griddle or cast iron skillet over medium-low heat. Cook English muffins until lightly browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.