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English Muffin Bread Loaf

Many years ago, a good friend gave me her mother's recipe for this delightful bread, and I've made it ever since. It's perfect for a hearty breakfast, especially when smothered with your favorite jam. —Jane Zielinski, Rotterdam Junction, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + rising Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    2 loaves (12 slices each)

Ingredients

  • 5 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups warm whole milk (120° to 130°)
  • 1/2 cup warm water (120° to 130°)
  • Cornmeal

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, yeast, sugar, salt and baking soda. Add warm milk and water; beat on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat on high for 3 minutes.
  • Stir in remaining flour (batter will be stiff). Do not knead. Grease two 8x4-in. loaf pans. Sprinkle pans with cornmeal. Spoon batter into the pans and sprinkle cornmeal on top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Bake at 375° for 35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans immediately and cool on wire racks. Slice and toast.
If Cooking for Two: Freeze one loaf to enjoy weeks later.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 111 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 219mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Sharon
    Aug 28, 2020

    This tastes so good! Mine is so crumbly though. I've made it twice and will continue trying to tweak it so it has a firmer texture. It is too good to quit working with.

  • Rachel
    Apr 27, 2020

    The same thing just happened to me with it rising over the pan sides - and I’d made it perfect twice! This time I let it rise over 45 min - probably more like 3 hours. Assuming that was it? Also, first two times were in my neighbors OLD Ovenex Starburst pans. 35 min was right on for those but this time I used our new aluminum pans. One loaf came out underdone so I left the other in longer but it still wasn’t as dark as I like on the bottom. But it’s a great recipe! Just need to find the sweet spot!

  • Cheryl
    Apr 20, 2020

    So, I am still rating this five stars, since there's nothing wrong with the recipe, but I do have a question now. I just made this the second time. The first time it came out PERFECT. This time I created a monster that rose over the sides of the pan (while rising). Anyone know what happened?

  • angela32
    Apr 5, 2020

    So good, they were gone in two days!

  • Patrica390
    Mar 23, 2020

    I have this bread in the oven. It seemed to me that two 8 x 4 pans were too small, thinking I could have used three 8 x 4 pans. Anyway,, I turned on the fireplace; on a bench covered with a clean sheet, I placed the cotton tea towel covered bread, then covered over one more layer with the sheet. Timer set for 45 minutes, I was very surprised at the hugely risen bread dough. What a mess!! End result came with a good taste, texture seemed good, although this after I cut off all the overflow. I would suggest 3 - 8 x 4 pans. An interesting, fun recipe, while confined at home. Had I not run into these issues, I'd rate a 5 star.

  • mitchell66416
    Mar 15, 2020

    This is the best . My family loves it.

  • Cathy
    Mar 3, 2020

    I finally figured out why it was turning out wrong. My pan 9x5. Still tasted delicious, but didn't get very high. I'm buying new 8x4 pans and trying again. I always spray my hands with the spray Pam to make getting it into the pan a little easier, then I just eyeball and divide it into two balls and place in the pans. It's delicious and I make it all the time in my Kitchen Aid mixer.

  • Elaine
    Feb 23, 2020

    The recipe says active dry yeast but if it does not have to be dissolved in liquid is it active dry or instant? I want to be sure I use the correct yeast. Looks like a yummy bread.

  • cosmoscas
    Jan 1, 2020

    My loaves are baking now. From the sight and smell I don't doubt it will be tasty. I wanted to share a way to handle sticky dough. If you use cooking spray on spoon, spatula or hands with sticky recipes it helps tremendously.

  • Wualla
    Aug 18, 2019

    Guaranteed winner! Dough makes up fast and easily. Trickiest part is dividing the sticky dough into equal portions and spreading it in the loaf pans