How to Defrost English Muffins

by Elizabeth Harding

This post is going to help you defrost English muffins. We discuss what makes an English muffin different from an American, and how to defrost it.

There are two main methods - either the microwave or sticking them in the oven.

Next, we will discuss each of these methods, both the pros and cons. We will also go over a few hints and tips to help them come out perfect. Finally, we will wrap up with some questions I have gotten about how to defrost muffins.

What is an English Muffin?

English muffins are unique among breakfast baked goods for a couple of reasons. First of all, they are made using a much stiffer dough than other muffins and other bread. The stiff dough allows it to be split into halves and cooked on a griddle. Regular muffins are usually baked in muffin tins and eaten with a knife and fork. But, English muffin halves can be split and toasted, then topped with butter.

Second, they are made out of wheat flour, which is much higher in protein than all-purpose flour. It makes them particularly susceptible to drying out during storage. A good English muffin will puff up after baking - and then deflate when it's cool.

Our Preferred Method

English muffins will dry out if you leave them out for more than a couple of hours at room temperature. So it is not the best method to let it thaw out on the countertop. If you want to leave them out, do not do it overnight. Otherwise, they would be sitting in the open air for at least 6 or 7 hours. That is too long!

At best, leave them on the counter for at most one hour.

Most bakeries will package them in a zip-lock bag. Then stick them in the freezer almost immediately after they come out of the oven. After this, they cooled down to room temperature.

We prefer using the oven to heat them up from the freezer. It leads us to the next question.

Can you Cook English Muffins from Frozen?

Yes, the secret is to cook them for a longer time in the oven at a medium temperature. It will defrost and cook the inside and outside of the muffin simultaneously. To ensure the centre has been cooked well, you could use an oven thermometer. To use it, you insert through the side without fully piercing it.

Defrost English Muffin in the Microwave

It is the easiest way to defrost English muffins. All you need to do is:

Take the muffin out of the bag, and put it between 2 paper towels or microwave-safe paper plates.
Sprinkle a bit of water on top of the muffin, but do not overdo it.
Put the English muffin in the microwave and set it for 30 seconds.
Once done, take it out and pat off all the excess water with a paper towel.

Do not use this to defrost whole wheat or other types of muffins. Whole wheat has a much rougher texture than regular English Muffins. So if you do not pat off the excess water after microwaving, then your whole wheat (or any other type) will end up sagging.

Defrost English Muffins in the Oven

It is our favoured way and we have already highlighted you can even cook them straight from the freezer. It is the method we use:

Place your English muffin on a pan or parchment paper on the oven tray
Sprinkle a bit of water on top of the muffin and the bottom.
Place it in the oven for about 3 minutes at 200 degrees Fahrenheit
Take it out and let it cool for 30 seconds before lathering it with butter and jam!

And that is it. We prefer the oven method but you can use the microwave method if you do not want the muffin to be so crispy.

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