Saturday, January 31, 2009

English Muffin Bread

Because there was interest in my other blog's comment forum for English Muffin Bread, I thought I'd share this recipe, another of Mom's favorites. She made this more than the muffins. It's ridiculously easy. One of those No-Fail recipes from a few generations past.

First, the photos so you can see what I'm talking about.

It makes two big loaves, taller if you use narrower pans than I did.

Beautiful texture.

It toasts up delightfully chewy with a crunchy crust.

Here's the recipe:

5-1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
2 pkgs. active dry yeast
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 cups milk
1/2 cup water

Combine 3 cups flour, yeast, sugar, salt, and soda in mixing bowl. Heat liquids until very warm (120 - 130 degrees F. - I do this in the microwave). Add liquids to dry mixture; beat well. Stir in enough more flour to make a stiff batter. Spoon into two 8-1/2 x 4-1/2 inch pans that have been greased and sprinkled with cornmeal. Cover with cloth towel; let rise in warm place for 45 min. Bake at 400 degrees F. for 25 min. Remove from pans immediately and cool.



Wandering Coyote said...

Excellent! Thanks for this - I'm bookmarking!

Um, what about that Almond Puff thingy that looks like some total food porn and a half?

Cherie said...

WC: I can hardly see my monitor for the tears in my eyes from cracking up at your comment. Now Tom's calling my pastry Porn Puff. Oh NO!! :D

Maybe I'll get that recipe out, too, huh? After tomorrow and the Super Bowl Madness Party.

I'm going to be chuckling to myself until my head hits the pillow porn and half. Who knew I had it in me, eh?

Wandering Coyote said...

Well, I am very happy I could provide you with a good laugh!

His Love is the Theme of My Song said...

Ah...the memories! I can just smell the English Muffin bread in Mom's kitchen!

tshsmom said...

Yup, that's the recipe! ;)

I was going to post it on my blog, but our internet has been extremely glitchy lately. :(

Wandering Coyote said...

I'm making this today! I'll let you know how it goes and put a post up on ReTorte for next week!

Cherie said...

WC: Great minds! I just popped two loaves into my oven and came in here to take a little break only to find that you, too, are making the bread today! I am eager to read your post and know how you like it.

HLITTOMS: Memories with good aromas are The Best!

Tshs: It's such a satisfying recipe, isn't it.

Wandering Coyote said...

My loaves turned out great! I didn't have a batter so much as a dough, so it was a denser bread with less bubbles, but still, it was great! I'm taking one loaf to a friend tomorrow who just had a baby - thought she might like some home baking. I'm keeping the other loaf for me! I'll have a post up next week sometime on ReTorte.

Wandering Coyote said...

Post is now up on ReTorte!

Cherie said...

WC: Yippee!!