Last week, I was scrolling through Instagram (yes, I have finally joined the Instagram Party, you can follow me here if you are so inclined) and saw that my cute friend Kim had posted a picture of some yummy bread she’d made for her teenage boys. English Muffin Bread, to be exact. She was willing to send me the recipe, and can I just tell you…
It is fabulous! The texture is more dense than a traditional yeast bread, but not in a dry, tasteless way. No ma’am. It’s soft, hearty and delicious. I loved the cornmeal coating on the crust. It’s fabulous fresh from the oven with butter and honey and was wonderful the second day, toasted. You can make it in around 45 minutes, from start to finish which is an added bonus.
Hope you love it!
Beef Stew or Loaded Baked Potato Soup or you could skip the soup and make
Chicken Cordon Bleu and Rice Pilaff
Classic Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing
…this tasty bread would be great with many, many things! These are just a few things I thought of right off the bat.
English Muffin Bread
Time: 10 min. prep + 10 min. rising time + 20 min. baking time
Yield: 2 loaves
Recipe from Kim McCann and My Recipe Box
2 Tb cornmeal
2 C milk
1 C hot water
6 C flour (divided)
2 Tb yeast (I use active dry)
1 Tb sugar
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1. Preheat your oven to 170 degrees.
2. Grab 2 loaf pans (mine are 8×4). Coat the bottom and sides of the pan with butter.
3. Sprinkle 1 Tb cornmeal into each of the pans.
Shake the pans back and forth a bit so that the cornmeal can spread out over the sides and bottom of the pan.
4. Pour 1 C hot water and 2 C milk into a glass measuring cup. Pop it into the microwave for 2 minutes.
5. Into your stand mixer or large mixing bowl place 3 C flour, 2 Tb yeast, 1 Tb sugar, 2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp soda. Toss the ingredients together with a fork to combine.
6. Pour the warm liquid into the dry ingredients.
7. Mix on low for 1 minute, then on medium speed for an additional minute.
8. Add the additional 3 C of flour, one at a time while the mixer is running on low.
9. Mix until well combined, just 1-2 minutes will be fine. The dough will be stiff, kind of like thick cookie dough.
10. Scoop the dough into the pans and press it down with your fingers.
11. Pop the pans into your warm oven.
Let the dough rise until it has almost reached the top of the pans. It will rise pretty quickly, there is a lot of yeast in there! Mine only took 10 minutes.
12. Turn your oven up to 400 degrees and allow the bread to bake for about 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown and the bread sounds hollow when the top is tapped. The 20 minutes of cooking time includes the time it takes for the oven to rise in temperature from 170-400 degrees. At least, that’s how long it took in my particular oven. Adjust the time according to your own appliance. 🙂
13. Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 5 minutes…
then remove from the pans…
slice and enjoy!