I love English muffins for breakfast sandwiches. They toast up so nicely and the flavor is unique. But, I don’t always have them on-hand. This recipe for English Muffin Toasting Bread is just the thing to solve that problem. And, when I prep it ahead the night before I can easily slice it up for a great family breakfast idea any day of the week.
This English muffin bread is very versatile. While it’s great for breakfast toast with a smear of cream cheese or a tasty breakfast sandwich you will also find it comes in handy for a lunch sandwich.
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Items you’ll need for this English Muffin Bread
- bread flour, (or you can use all-purpose)
- baking soda
- instant dry yeast
- whole milk
- extra virgin olive oil
- non-stick cooking spray
- bread pan
A great option for a bread pan is a Pampered Chef Stone Loaf Pan. They are great for evenly distributing the heat throughout the loaf while crisping the sides and bottom without scorching or burning the bread.
How to Prep the English Muffin Bread
Start with a large mixing bowl. Add the dry ingredients of flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and dry yeast to the bowl and mix together.
Next using a saucepan set the heat to medium and add the milk. Stir the milk while it heats to prevent scorching. Continue stirring until it reaches 130° F and check the temperature using a thermometer.
When the milk reaches temp., add the hot milk and the olive oil to the dry mixture. Then use an electric mixer, or stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, beat the mixture at medium speed for 1 minute. Or mix the dough by hand for 3 minutes. Mix together until the dough forms a smooth and elastic ball but is still soft and sticky.
Grease a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray, then dust the bottom and sides with cornmeal. It’s the cornmeal that helps to give it that classic English Muffin flavor while the baking soda and yeast combination will give it that yummy chewy texture on the inside.
Place the dough into the pan. Cover the pan with a clean dish towel and place in a warm place to allow it to rise for about 1 hour. You want the dough to rise to the top of the pan.
When it’s close to the end of the rise time, preheat the oven to 400°F.
Baking Your English Muffin Bread
Bake the bread at 400°F for 25 minutes. Turn the light on to check progress. You want the top to be a golden brown. Remember that opening the door to the oven decreases temperature. When you think it’s golden and likely ready, you can check the temperature of the bread using a thermometer and want the bread to reach an internal temp of 190°F.
Once it reaches temperature and is golden brown, allow the bread to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn it out onto a cooling rack and allow to cool to room temperature.
You won’t want to wait… it smells so delectable!
But when ready, slice the bread and pop a into the toaster to get nice and toasty. Then slather on the butter and enjoy this tasty treat.
Be sure to check out the full recipe below and if you’d like you can print to keep in your favorite recipe binder.
Easy English Muffin Toasting Bread
- 3 cups bread flour, (or you can use all-purpose)
- 1 tablespoon sugar, (or, you can use Lankato® monk-fruit)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 ¼ teaspoons instant dry yeast
- 1 ¼ cups whole milk
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, (or oil of your choice)
- non-stick cooking spray
- cornmeal to sprinkle in pan
1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and instant yeast).
2. In a saucepan on the stove heat the milk until it reaches 130° F (stir the milk well before testing the temperature to ensure an accurate read). Stir to keep from scorching the milk. Add the hot milk and the olive oil to the dry mixture.
3. Using an electric mixer, beat the mixture at medium speed for 1 minute, or you can mix by hand for 3 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic but it will be soft and sticky.
4. Grease an 8 ½ x 4 ½ inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray, then dust the bottom and sides with cornmeal.
5. Move the dough into the pan. Cover the pan with a clean dish towel and place in a warm place to allow it to rise for about 1 hour. Let the dough rise to the top of the pan.
6. Towards the end of the rise time, preheat the oven to 400°F.
7. Bake the bread at 400°F for 25 minutes. You want it to come to a golden brown on the top with the internal temperature of the bread reaching 190°F.
8. Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn it out onto a cooling rack to cool to room temperature.
English toasting bread is a very similar texture to English muffins, just in a loaf! The bread comes out very soft and is delicious warm with butter and jam. But it is best when toasted.
Serving Size:2 slices
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 304Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 327mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 9g
One of the great things about this bread is that you can easily freeze it. So when you bake go ahead and make three batches and bake three loaves. Then, preserve two of them by putting each loaf in a freezer zip bag, double layered for extra protection, and place in your freezer.
Store for several weeks. Experts even suggest that bread can be stored in the freezer for up to 8 months. This will make it so handy to grab a loaf and thaw overnight for a quick breakfast in the morning.
Order English Muffin Bread Instead
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