Monday, December 30, 2013

English Muffin Bread

There are few things I like more in this world than bread and butter.

I just thought you should know that.

Its New Years eve-eve and it seems people's minds are on all things exciting, indulgent and (of course) bubbly. So why am I bringing you bread?

While this bread is not particularly exciting, it is most certainly bubbly. Furthermore, when toasted and topped with salted butter, this bread is one of the most indulgent foods I have come across.

English muffin bread. Make it happen. Here's how:

Heat milk, water and a bit of oil to 120-130 degrees (F).

Stream hot liquid into your dry ingredients, yeast included. Then mix on medium high for a minute... this will aerate the dough and give the finished bread the nooks and crannies we expect from an English muffin. 

After one quick rise, the bubbly dough is ready for the oven.

This bread tastes just like an English muffin. I like to enjoy it as it is pictured above,  but it also makes a killer eggs benedict.

Here's to a happy New Year filled with lots of bread and butter!

English Muffin Bread
makes 1 loaf

3 cups AP flour
1 Tablespoon  sugar
1½ teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon yeast
1 cup milk
¼ cup water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Cornmeal, to sprinkle in pan
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1. In the bowl of a stand mixer combine flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and yeast
2. In a small saucepan combine milk, water, and oil and heat until it reaches 120-130 degrees F... it will feel hot to the touch but will not be boiling
3. With the mixer (fitted with a paddle attachment) on low, stream in the how liquid; increase the speed to medium-high for 1 minute (I used speed 5 on my Kitchenaid) -the dough will be very soft
4. Lightly grease a loaf pan then sprinkle the bottom and sides with cornmeal; scoop the soft dough into the pan, leveling it as much as possible.
5. Spray a piece of plastic wrap with baking spray, cover the dough, and let the dough rise in a warm place for about an hour until it has risen to the top of the pan
6. Preheat the oven to 400
7. Remove the plastic wrap and bake the bread for 25 to 30 minutes, until it's golden brown
8. Remove the bread from the oven, and after 5 minutes, turn it out of the pan onto a rack to cool
9. Cool the bread completely before slicing and toasting

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