What’s Cookin’ – English Muffin Bread

I was in Minnesota for a week visiting my sister and brother-in-law.  While there, I had some English Muffin Bread.  Oh my goodness.  It was so good.  Where has this bread been all my life?

This bread was great toasted, and it was great made into French toast for breakfast one morning.  At home, we normally eat whole grain breads – I just do not like the too soft texture of most white breads.  The English Muffin Bread’s coarser texture made it very appealing to me, but I did notice that it was also a little pricey.

If you know me, you know that I love making anything with dough from scratch so a quick Google search turned up a number of recipes.  I chose to use the King Arthur flour recipe.

This bread is so good and so easy to make – no kneading required! – that you should try some today even if making bread (this means you Teri!) intimidates you.

English Muffin Bread ingredients – all-purpose flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, instant yeast, whole milk, water, and vegetable oil.  You also need a little shortening and cornmeal to coat the loaf pan.

Prepare one loaf pan by coating with a thin layer of shortening.  Sprinkle cornmeal into the pan and turn it around to provide a thin coating on the bottom and sides of the pan.  Set aside.

Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Set aside.  In a microwave safe bowl, combine the wet ingredients and heat until very warm, but not hot.  I heated this mixture on 60% power for 30 seconds and 100% power for 45 seconds.  Be sure to mix the wet ingredients very well so that the heat is evenly distributed.  (Yes, I know that there is no picture of the wet ingredients step.)

Pour the wet mixture onto the dry mixture, and mix on high speed for one minute.  The dough will be very soft, but mixes together easily.

Press the dough into the prepared loaf pan.

Cover and allow to rise in a warm, draft-free spot.  I put my yeast doughs in the microwave to rise.

Bake in an oven preheated to 400° F for 22 to 27 minutes.  The King Arthur flour recipe asks for you to take the temperature of the bread.  Really.  I have never taken the temperature of bread.

Allow to cool completely (if you can wait that long).  Slice and it’s ready to eat!

This bread makes great toast, really good French Toast, and yummy grilled cheese sandwiches, too!

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