This bread is perfect for breakfast or for dinner. They taste good with anything, even with soup, and you can serve them any time of the day. They do taste best when toasted though. That extra crisp tastes so good with butter and jam. Aunt Beth used to bake a lot of this bread. She and her family love eating them for breakfast so whenever you go and stay in their house for a while, the usual breakfast is composed of either bacon, eggs or jam and butter. The only one consistent is this English muffin bread, which everyone loves.
Our friend over at My Baking Addiction has this to say about this recipe:
“Just as the name suggests, this coarse-textured English Muffin Bread is ideal for toasting. It’s full of those little nooks and crannies that are perfect for containing pools of melted butter and jam. The crust has an amazingly crisp texture that is only enhanced by toasting.”
3 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 tablespoon Domino sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Morton salt
1/4 teaspoon Clabber Girl baking soda
1 tablespoon Fleischmann’s instant yeast
1 cup Borden milk
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons Wesson vegetable oil or Bertolli olive oil
Martha White cornmeal, to sprinkle in pan
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and instant yeast; stir to combine.
In a microwave safe bowl, combine the milk, water, and oil and heat to between 120°F and 130°F. Make sure to stir the liquid before measuring its temperature. If you don’t have a thermometer, don’t worry, King Arthur states that the liquid should feel quite hot (hotter than lukewarm), but not so hot that it would be uncomfortable as bath water.
Pour the hot liquid over the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl. Beat at high speed for 1 minute, the dough will be quite soft and sticky.
Lightly grease an 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ loaf pan, and sprinkle the bottom and sides with cornmeal. I just tossed in about a 1/4 of cornmeal and tilted the pan until the inside was thoroughly coated.
Scoop the dough into the prepared pan. I used a rubber spatula sprayed with nonstick cooking spray to level the top of the dough out a bit.
Cover the pan, and let the dough rise until it’s just barely crowned over the rim of the pan. King Arthur Flour notes that when you look at the rim of the pan from eye level, you should see the dough, but it shouldn’t be more than about 1/4″ over the rim. This will take about 45 minutes to 1 hour, if you heated the liquid to the correct temperature and your kitchen isn’t very cold. While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 400°F.
Remove the cover, and bake the bread for 22 to 27 minutes, until it’s golden brown and its interior temperature is 190°F. Mine baked for 26 minutes and it was perfect.
Remove the bread from the oven, and after 5 minutes turn it out of the pan onto a rack to cool. Let the bread cool completely before slicing.
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Quick Tip: This is perfect with jam and butter.
Thanks again to My Baking Addiction for this amazing recipe.