The Model Bakery
The Model Bakery, established in a historic bakery space in St. Helena, California, has redefined the English muffin since its inception in 1984 by Karen Mitchell and her daughter Sarah Hansen. Their approach to the classic English muffin involves using an airy, focaccia-style dough, which is then dusted with cornmeal and griddle-fried in clarified butter. This unique method results in puffy, golden brown muffins that have gained a cult following, including acclaim from celebrities like Oprah. The success of their English muffins has been a key factor in the expansion of Model Bakery, which now boasts two additional locations in Napa Valley. Alongside their famous muffins, the bakery also offers an array of delectable cookies and other baked goods.