Recipes

English Muffin Loaf

I clipped this recipe from a magazine over 25 years ago.  It is a small bread and not meant for sandwiches but comes together quickly as it only needs to be risen once.  It is a great homemade replacement for english muffins and is great with eggs for breakfast or just for toast and jam.

Ingredients

  • 5 cups unbleached white flour
  • 1 tbls sugar
  • 2 teas salt
  • 1/4 teas baking soda
  • 2 pkg yeast or 4 1/2 teas
  • 2 cups milk(see note)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • cornmeal

Directions

  1. Measure 3 cups of the flour into the bowl of a stand mixer.  Add the sugar, salt, baking soda and yeast.  Using the paddle combine on low speed.
  2. Place canned milk and the water in a large glass measure and heat to 125F (quite warm) in the microwave or in a saucepan on the stove top.
  3. Add the milk to the flour mixture and mix at low speed.
  4. Change to the dough hook and add the remaining 2 cups of flour with the motor running.  Adjust speed to compensate for the load on the mixer.  Mix 2-3 minutes.  The dough will be soft.
  5. Grease and dust with cornmeal two 8 1/2 X 4 1/2 pans.  Cut dough into 2 pieces and put in pans sprinkling the tops of the loaves with cornmeal.  Cover with a tea towel and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 400 F (375 F Convect)  Bake bread 25 minutes.
  7. Dump from pans and cool on wire racks.

Note:  I use canned milk to make bread as you are not required to “scald” canned milk.  I also use the full fat canned milk and dilute it 50/50 with water.  So in this recipe I use 1 cup of canned milk and 1 1/2 cups of water.   If you use the 1% or 2% canned milk do not dilute.  So you would use 2 cups 1% or 2% canned milk and 1/2 cup of water.

 

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