Recipe: Learn how to make the English muffins from the Chastain

The dish is featured in the AJC Fall 2021 Dining Guide

The AJC Fall 2021 Dining Guide highlights more than 30 dishes from metro Atlanta restaurants that the AJC food and dining team is loving right now. One of AJC food and dining editor Ligaya Figueras’ favorite items is the English muffin sandwich at the Chastain; pastry chef Christian Castillo shares his recipe here.

The Chastain makes all of its breads in-house, including English muffins for savory ham, egg and cheese sandwiches.
Photo by Hannah Michelle Photography

Credit: Hannah Michelle Photography

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Credit: Hannah Michelle Photography


Castillo uses a little bit of high-gluten flour, whose high protein content helps to give the Chastain’s English muffins their characteristic chewiness. The dough is intentionally overmixed, to develop a coarse texture. And, because the dough is mixed for a very long time, ice-cold water is needed to offset the friction from the mixer, which can cause the dough to warm, breaking the gluten.

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