I absolutely love English muffins, yet very seldom buy them due to their price. When Laura shared this recipe on her blog, I knew I wanted to try them! I’m so glad I did! This bread is easy to make, and really does taste like English muffins! Makes great toast as well. Mmm, makes me hungry just thinking about it! (By the way, the mayonnaise in the picture is homemade!)
English Muffin Bread
(Recipe from “Better Homes & Gardens New Cookbook”)
6 cups flour (wheat, spelt, white, or a mixture)*
4 1/2 tsp yeast
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 cups milk
1/2 cup water
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
In a large mixing bowl combine 3 cups of the flour, the yeast, and baking soda; set aside. In a microwavable bowl, combine milk, water, sugar and salt and microwave just until warm. Using a wooden spoon, stir milk mixture into flour mixture. Stir in remaining flour.
* The first time I did 1.5 cups white and 5.5 cups spelt (yes, spelt takes a bit more flour than the measurements call for). This last time I used wheat flour instead of the spelt.
(Above pictures from Laura’s blog)
To make into bread: Divide dough in half and place in 2 bread pans that are greased and lightly sprinkled with cornmeal (bottom and sides). Sprinkle cornmeal on top of english muffin loaves/buns. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in size (about 45 minutes). Bake in a 400C oven until golden brown, about 25 minutes. Immediately remove bread from pans. Cool on wire racks. Serve toasted.
To make into English muffins: Divide dough into small chunks, roll and flatten each individually. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in size (about 45 minutes). Heat a frying pan (I used cast iron), and oil. Sprinkle cornmeal on your English muffins and place in pan. Cover with lid and let it cook for about 5 minutes on med-low heat. When browned, flip to the other side, cover with lid again, and finish cooking them about 5 more minutes. Time on each side will very depending on the temperature of your pan. Stay on the side of lower heat/longer baking time to make sure it cooks thoroughly. Once cooked, remove from frying pan and allow to cool on a cooking rack.