English Muffin Bread

We have English Muffin Bread in the house everyday.  If I do not make this “from scratch” recipe I buy Masters English Muffin Toasting Bread at the store.  We have tried all varieties of English Muffin Bread and Masters is our favorite.  Masters English Muffin Toasting Bread comes out of Ely, Minnesota and used to be hard to find but now I can easily find it at all the stores in my area.  But, if you are stuck in the house and looking for something to do – this is a very easy English muffin bread recipe. It comes together fast – is made from simple ingredients – and if you have a stand mixer with dough hook or even a hand held with dough hooks – it makes this even easier.  Now my cousin Jenny and I make homemade noodles and breads regularly and just like our Grandma, we know that most doughs and breads are best made by hand so you can feel the dough coming together correctly but, this dough is very sticky so using a mixer really is the best method for this recipe.  We like to eat this bread in the morning for breakfast toasted and topped with butter then served alongside eggs.  Or we toast it, top with butter and then top with peanut butter – so good!  The Masters bread is more “airy” while the homemade loaves are more “dense.”  Both are very good.  I hope you will give this recipe a try!

Prepare two 8 x 4 x 2 inch bread pans by spraying with non stick spray and then putting a teaspoon of cornmeal (yellow or white) in the bottom of each pan.  Gently move the pan from side to side to evenly coat the bottom of the pan with cornmeal.  Setup stand or hand held mixer with dough hooks.
In mixing bowl place…..
4 cups all purpose flour
2 packages active dry yeast
1 Tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Set aside and in small saucepan set over low heat combine…….
2 cups milk
1/2 cup water
and heating until steamy with bubbles beginning to form around the sides of the pan (about 130 degree F).
Turn your mixer to low and combine the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl for 15 seconds before slowly adding in the warm liquids and continuing to mix on low speed.  Mix the dough for about two minutes to thoroughly combine before adding in 1/2 cup increments an additional……
1-2 cups all purpose flour
Continue mixing on low speed as you add in the flour, allowing the mixer to knead the dough until it forms a ball.  Dough will be sticky.  Cut the ball of dough evenly in half and spread into prepared pans.  Cover and let rise in warm place for 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake for 30 minutes until golden brown on top.  Remove pans from oven and place on wire rack to cool.


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