A split muffin
|Alternative name(s)||Breakfast muffin|
|Main ingredient(s)||Flour, shortening, milk, sugar, yeast|
An English muffin is a small, round, flat (or thin) type of yeast-leavened bread which is commonly served split horizontally, toasted, and buttered. They are commonly eaten in the United States and the rest of the English-speaking world.
The term "English muffin" is most commonly used in North America to distinguish between this savory bread and the more common sweet cake-like muffin, which are sometimes known as "American muffins".
In North America and Oceania
Muffins are commonly available in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. Outside the United Kingdom they are commonly called English muffins. They are most often toasted and then topped with butter and/or jam. They are also used in breakfast sandwiches with meat (bacon, ham, or sausage), egg (fried, scrambled, poached, or steam-poached), and/or cheese. They are the base ingredient in the traditional American brunch dish Eggs Benedict. They can be found in a wide range of varieties, including whole wheat, cinnamon raisin, cranberry, and apple cinnamon.
Despite being considered as quintessentially English, and available in most British supermarkets, they are less widely eaten than crumpets or scones. American-style muffins are usually sold simply as muffins.
- Dempster – Maple Leaf Foods brand selling English muffins in Canada
- Foster's English muffins – sourdough English muffins that were the favorite English muffins in San Francisco from the 1940s to the 1970s
- Muffin – the type of small sized, quick breads in American English
- Thomas' – the most common American brand
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- English Bread and Yeast Cookery by Elizabeth David, Penguin Books, 1979, contains a discussion on the origins and use of the English muffin.