August 26, 2011

English Muffin Bread

Each week I bake at least two loaves of bread. I try to make one loaf whole wheat and the other white. On the days that I have more time to devout to baking, I try to make breads that take more rising and kneading time. However, there are many days during the week when I have little time to wait for hours to finish my bread, during those days I make one my favorite easy breads, English Muffin Bread.

This bread takes very little effort and is easy enough for someone that has never made bread before. The ingredients are:
  • 6 cups bread flour (you can also use all-purpose flour)
  • 5 teaspoons active dry yeast 
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups whole milk (you could also use lower fat varieties)
  • 1/2 cup water 
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Combine 3 cups of flour, yeast and baking soda. Heat milk, water, sugar and salt until 120 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Stir milk and flour mixtures together, then add remaining flour. Divide dough in half and place in two greased and floured loaf pans. Cover and let rise about 45 minutes, or until double in size. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. Wait until cool to slice.

This bread is a little smaller than other white bread with longer rise times, so don't be surprised if the bread looks smaller after rising, it's normal. My two boys love this bread with homemade strawberry jam or butter. It's a quick, easy way to get homemade bread into your family's diet!

Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book page 149.

12 comments:

  1. Nothing like homemade bread! and the title sounds wonderful... Jam it is!!

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  2. i love homemade bread! I am not so good at make it.........

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  3. Wow, I can't believe you bake 2 loaves every week...that is impressive! I hope your boys will think of that, when they're older;) How many people can say that these days?
    Cheers!
    Courtney
    http://www.mommyladyclub.blogspot.com

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  4. Thanks so much for stopping by Jeremiah 29:11 and following me. I'm your latest follower, too. Bread...well, all carbs for that matter....are my absolute weakness!! YUMMY!!!

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  5. Thanks for following--I'm following you back on GFC. :)

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  6. Looks yummy... I have a milk allergy though, I'm going to try it with soymilk and we'll see if it comes out looking as delicious as yours!

    Thanks for stopping by my first blog hop at Tips for Saving!

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  7. This bread looks so yummy...and easy!! Thanks for the follow!

    www.heavenlymommy.com

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  8. Ohhhh that looks sooo good!!!!!!!
    Thank you for the follow! Following you tooooo!
    Connie

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  9. Look English muffins so I'll have to give a whirl. Thanks for fooollllooowwwing

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  10. @elenareviews It's taken me a long time to be able to make it well, and I still have days were it doesn't turn out prefect :) Today I tried making a loaf with buttermilk and it didn't turn out so great!

    @Mommy I hope that they appreciate the homemade food, but they are still young and wish that mommy would let them eat boxes of fruit snacks a day :)

    @Deb I love carbs too :)

    @Rose I would think it would work fine with soy or rice milk. As long as it was the unflavored I think it would turn out delicious! I had a milk intolerance growing up and my mom used soy milk in homemade bread with no problems.

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  11. Following back from detourdestinationbaby!!! This looks good, I might have to try this one day :)

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  12. Hi....following back from Mamalou's Gems. I LOVE English Muffins and can't wait to try this bread. Thanks for the add and I can't wait to get more recipes.

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