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Homemade English Muffin Bread

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English Muffin Bread




English Muffin Bread



This English Muffin Bread is perfect for toasting, and it has all the little nooks and crannies that make it perfect for slathering with butter or jam. Don’t worry, this bread is super easy to make; in fact, it’s almost as easy as making bread in a bread machine. It only takes a few minutes to combine the ingredients, then it’s ready to set aside so it can rise before it’s ready for the oven.






English Muffin Bread

English Muffin Bread


3 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup milk
1/4 cup water
2 Tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
cornmeal, to sprinkle in the pan


  1. In a large bowl, whisk to combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and yeast.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, water, and oil. Heat until it reaches between 120°F and 130°F. It's best to check the temperature with a thermometer, but if you don't have one, the liquid should feel hotter than lukewarm, but not hotter than you could comfortably bathe in.
  3. Pour the hot milk mixture over the dry ingredients in the mixer bowl.
  4. With a stand mixer, beat for 1 minute on high speed. The dough should be very soft.
  5. Lightly spray a loaf pan (8-1/2" x 4-1/2") with nonstick spray. Dust the bottom and sides with cornmeal.
  6. Spoon the soft dough into the prepared bread pan, leveling it as much as possible.
  7. Cover the pan and place in a draft free location in your kitchen. Let the dough rise until it is just starting to rise above the rim of the bread pan. About 45 minutes to an hour, depending on how warm your kitchen is and how warm the liquid was when you added it to the dry ingredients. When the dough is almost ready, preheat the oven to 400°F.
  8. Remove the cover from your risen bread dough and bake in the preheated oven for 22 to 27 minutes, just until the exterior is a nice golden brown, and the interior has reached a temperature of 190°F.
  9. Let the bread cool on a rack for 5 minutes, then turn it out of the pan, and let it cool completely before slicing.
  10. Yield: 1 loaf.




English muffin toasting bread is perfect with breakfast or a late morning snack, but it also makes an excellent sandwich bread. One of our favorite sandwiches is a yummy grilled cheese made with this English Muffin bread. It has the perfect texture and it’s dense enough to stand up to the melty cheese, even if you add some tomato or bacon. If you want to try this bread for sandwiches, you might want to make two loaves. Don’t worry, it won’t go to waste. It’s so yummy, it will go in a hurry!


Notes: Making bread isn’t difficult, but it does require attention to detail. This bread is a great first start if you’re new to bread baking. Instant yeast is a specific type of yeast and while some people like to use it interchangeably with active dry yeast or rapid rise yeast, you probably won’t get very good results. Unlike active or rapid rise yeast, instant yeast can be combined directly with the dry ingredients in your bread. It doesn’t need to be proofed before adding to the other ingredients.




Another important item in bread baking is the pan. Bread pans come in a variety of sizes. This recipe calls for an 8-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ pan. A quality pan will also make a big difference. Here’s the bread pan I like, and I’ve never had a problem.




Homemade English Muffin Bread, 5.0 out of 5 based on 9 ratings
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