Multigrain English Muffins


These English muffins are made with a mix of whole-wheat and white flours, along with rolled oats and a sprinkling of flaxseed and caraway seeds. Low-fat buttermilk gives the muffins a slight tang and a light texture. But unlike whole-milk dairy products, it contains very little saturated fat.


  • ½ cup warm water (115 degrees)

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast (from one ¼-ounce envelope)

  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter, plus more for serving (optional)

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface

  • ¾ cup whole-wheat flour

  • ¼ cup rolled oats

  • ¼ cup wheat germ

  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt

  • 2 teaspoons whole flaxseed

  • 1 ½ teaspoons caraway seeds (optional)

  • ½ cup low-fat buttermilk

  • Vegetable oil, cooking spray

  • ¼ cup coarse cornmeal

  • Preserves, for serving (optional)


  1. Combine warm water, honey, yeast, and butter in a bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes, until foamy.

  2. Combine flours, oats, wheat germ, salt, and flaxseed, and caraway seeds if desired, in a large bowl. Add yeast mixture and buttermilk, and mix with your hands until flours are almost fully incorporated. Turn out mixture onto a clean surface, and knead until smooth, about 3 minutes.

  3. Lightly coat a large mixing bowl with cooking spray, and place dough in bowl. Cover with plastic, and let rise in a warm, draft-free spot until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  4. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface, knead for about 1 1/2 minutes, and roll to 1/2-inch thickness. Using a 3-inch round cutter, cut out rounds. Roll and cut scraps once. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment, and dust with cornmeal. Place rounds on sheet, cover with plastic, and let rise in a warm, draft-free spot until puffy, about 20 minutes.

  5. Heat a large griddle or 12-inch skillet over low heat. Working in batches, place rounds 1 1/2 inches apart. Cook until golden brown and dry, about 7 minutes per side. Let cool for 30 minutes; split with a fork. Toast, and serve with butter and preserves if desired.

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