Friday, May 4, 2012

English Muffin Bread


I have just recently started baking bread.  For years I was unsuccessful.  I now know the reason was because the water I was using wasn't warm enough.  This recipe is a great place to start for beginners.  I saw this recipe on Brown Eyed Baker.  This is a very easy bread to make and it's quick too!  There is only one period of rising.  For me it's perfect since I don't have a lot of time in the weekdays with looking after Bilal and dropping and picking up Hasan from school.  This bread is also really yummy!  I didn't think it really tasted like an English Muffin.  I wasn't able to get a lot of holes in the bread.  But the outside of the bread has a great crunch and it was moist inside.  It tastes great toasted with some strawberry jam and butter spread on top!

English Muffin Bread
Slightly Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp instant yeast
1 cup milk
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp canola oil
cornmeal to sprinkle the loaf pan

In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda and yeast.

In a microwave safe bowl, whisk together milk, water and oil.  Heat in microwave until the mixture is 120 F to 130 F.  Mix the mixture before taking the temperature.

Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients.  Using the paddle attachment, mix for 1 minute on high speed.  The dough will be very soft.

Lightly grease a loaf pan and sprinkle with cornmeal (bottom and sides).  Transfer the dough to the loaf pan, spreading it to make sure it is level.

Spray a piece of plastic wrap with oil and cover the loaf pan with this.  Preheat the oven to 400 F.  Allow the dough to rise for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.  The dough should just crown the rim of the loaf pan.

Once the dough has risen, remove the plastic wrap and bake for 22-27 minutes or until it is golden brown and has an internal temperature of 190 F.

After 5 minutes remove the bread from the pan and cool on a rack.  Allow to cool completely before slicing.

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14 comments:

  1. This sounds like a quick and easy recipe. This doesn't even require the dough hook. I have been making no knead bread but would like a nice rectangular loaf.

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    1. Let me know if you give it a try! Have you been using the Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day for the no knead bread?

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  2. This bread looks really nice and easy!

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  3. i have never tried baking bread before... this indeed looks easy and perfect... bookmarked!

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  4. Making bread is one of my favorite things to do. But yes, you do have to have some time to devote to the process....I'm delighted to hear that this recipe doesn't require an abudant time to make it as I have had my eye on it to make myself. Gorgeous job Asiya!

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  5. wow....Asiya great baker....perfectly done bread....

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  6. I shy away from making bread, too. I'm more of a cook than a baker. This looks easy enough, though, and English muffin bread is a great idea. Thanks!

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  8. wow...the bread looks delicious !!!

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  9. I love the color of the crust but what really caught my eye is your butter knief, so unique and beautiful
    I had my share of troubles in the past with yeasted bread but once you get the hang of it, it is so much fun

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  10. I love homemade bread. This bread looks really good! I would love if you would share this and any other posts at Showcase Your Talent Thursday http://whatscookinglove.blogspot.com/2012/05/showcase-your-talent-thursday-6.html. I hope to see you there!

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  11. i love the aroma of home made bread !! yours looks awesome perfect color and crust.

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