Thursday, October 16, 2008

World Day of Bread 2008 - English Muffin Bread

Happy World Day of Bread 2008. This marks my second year entering into the round up hosted by Zorra. This year I decided to attempt a bread that I had never made before. While searching through my cookbooks I found a recipe for English Muffin Bread. If sounded pretty good so I decided to give it a try.


This was a pretty simple bread recipe as it needed no kneading or shaping. Simply mix up the ingredients. place them into the prepared pans, let them rise until doubled in size and bake. The dough was rather sticky and hard to easily get into the pans but a pair of floured hands seemed to do the trick. I sent one loaf home with my mother-in-law and kept the other for my husband and I to munch on. I am not sure that this tastes exactly like an English muffin but it is definitely delicious! I know what you are thinking, you think that it would be great toasted and slathered with butter. Well guess what? Great minds think alike.


Wow, that looks delicious huh? Well I hate to break it to you but it was. You want to know what was even better though? Take that toasted bread and turn it into nice big ham, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich! Hello deliciousness.


Last years submission:
Italian Bread.
Check back next week for a link to the round-up of all the bread recipes submitted to the event.

English Muffin Bread
Source: Better Homes & Gardens, New Cook Book, Limited Breast Cancer Edition, pages 143-143

Prep: 20 minutes * Rise: 45 minutes
Bake: 25 minutes * Makes: 2 loaves


Ingredients
Cornmeal
6 cups all purpose flour
2 packages active dry yeast
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups milk
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt

Directions
1. Grease two 8x4x2-inch loaf pans. Lightly sprinkle pans with enough cornmeal to coat bottom and sides; set pans aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl combine 3 cups of the flour, the yeast, and baking soda; set aside. In a medium saucepan heat and stir milk, water, sugar and, salt just until warm (120 to 130 degrees F). Using a wooden spoon, stir milk mixture into flour mixture. Stir in remaining flour.
3. Divide dough in half. Place dough in prepared pans. Sprinkle tops with cornmeal. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size (about 45 minutes).
4. Bake in a 400 degree oven about 25 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove bread from pans. Cool on wire racks.

23 comments:

Cate said...

I wish I had known about this earlier! That sandwich looks sooo good! I love English Muffins (so I'm sure they are great in bread form too!)

Alissa said...

That looks delish. English Muffin toast sounds so good right now! I'm saving this recipe for later.

Colleen said...

Oooh this looks great - I love English muffins! And not too hard for a novice bread baker like myself.

Katie said...

OH MY GOSH, Amber!!!! This looks EVEN BETTER than you described. I SUCK and didn't have time to make bread, but I'm glad I didn't b/c yours would have TOTALLY trumped anything I made. YUMM! When can I expect mine in the mail??? lol.

Linds said...

That looks great! I am dying to try make my own english muffins; I may have to give this recipe a try :)

Bob said...

That sandwich is just what I need right now. Fax me one, would you? :)

Rachel said...

That rich sandwhich would do a hearty meal for me...

Spryte said...

Oh man that looks good!!!!

It's extremely rare for me to try breads.. but I just might give that one a try!

(is the pan size a typo?)

Jigginjessica said...

This sounds awesome! I need to try it!

KMAYS said...

I want that sandwich NOW. What a great thing to have on hand for breakfasts. I love English muffins but haven't had one in a while.

Erin said...

This looks great! The sandwich looks so delicious.

Maria said...

Happy Bread day! The English Muffin bread looks amazing!

ka1t_lyn said...

As if my English Muffin addiction wasn't bad enough- yum!!

That Girl said...

This is such a cool looking/sounding bread!

Chelle said...

This looks fabulous! I've never heard of English Muffins in a loaf form, I definitely will have to try it!

Kayte said...

this looks absolutely incredible. i am definitely starring this as my next bread recipe to try.

zorra said...

Yummie, makes me drooling!

Thx a lot for your participation in WBD'08 and I hope to see you next year again. ;-)

Cassi said...

Was it good? I didn't get any????

Maryanna said...

I love english muffins, and the bread is so cool. Great idea for a breakfast sandwich like you made.

Sophie said...

I love english muffins, and the concept of making English Muffin Bread is ingenious! You're right, that breakfast sandwich looks delicious :)!

ashley said...

english muffin bread has been on my must make list for over a year now... I really need to try it out! Yours looks so good!

Kim said...

The ingredients list says you need 6 C. flour, but the directions only talk about mixing 3 C. flour with the rest of the ingredients and dividing the dough in half. I'm confused. Do I need 3 C. flour or 6? This bread looks amazing and I'm looking forward to trying it!

~Amber~ said...

KimIn the beginning of step 2 you use the first 3 cups of flour and then the very last thing that step says is to stir in the remaining flour. That is when you would add the remaining 3 cups of flour. Enjoy the bread, it is delicious.