English muffin

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English Muffin
EnglishMuffinOnPlate wb.jpg
A split muffin
Alternative names Breakfast muffin
Type Bread
Course Bread
Main ingredients Flour, shortening, milk, sugar, yeast, cornmeal
Cookbook:English Muffin  English Muffin

An English muffin is a small, round, flat (or thin) type of yeast-leavened bread which is commonly sliced horizontally, toasted, and buttered.[1] They are commonly eaten in 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". The American muffin is a variety of the traditional British "fairy cake".


Muffins are commonly available in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. Outside the United Kingdom they are commonly called English muffins.[2] 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.

By country[edit]


In Germany, English muffins are called Toasties or Toastbrötchen.[3]

North America[edit]


Dempster is a Maple Leaf Foods brand of English muffins in Canada.

United States[edit]

Foster's English muffins sourdough English muffins were an English muffin in San Francisco from the 1940s to the 1970s[citation needed]

Thomas' is a brand of English muffins and bagels in North America. It is owned by Bimbo Bakeries USA, which also owns Entenmann's, Boboli, Stroehmann, and Arnold bread companies.

United Kingdom[edit]

Wholemeal English muffins, bought in Abingdon, England.

Despite being widely known as an English recipe, they are less widely eaten than crumpets, teacakes or scones, but they are available in some British supermarkets, where they are usually sold simply as muffins.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ David, Elizabeth (1977). English Bread and Yeast Cookery. London: Allen Lane. ISBN 0713910267. Contains a discussion on the origins and use of the English muffin.
  2. ^ Oxford English Dictionary 2nd Ed. (1989)
  3. ^ "GOLDEN TOAST - Unsere Produkte". Retrieved 5 October 2014.