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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Quick and Easy English Muffin Bread

It's Fat Tuesday again.  Last year I made Paczki's which were not a complete success.  I think I will pass on it this year.  Maybe I can find a bakery to buy some.  http://www.thecabincountess.com/2014/03/dont-bake-paczki.html

I won't even attempt to make a King Cake.  The thought of it is not appealing to me.  Who wants to find a plastic baby Jesus inside a piece of cake.  Actually it isn't really a cake, it's more like a bread with colored frosting and sugar on top.  The colors of the frosting are purple, green and yellow which represent royalty.   It is also draped with Mardi Gras beads in a similar color.

Today my Fat Tuesday recipe has nothing to do with Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday.  It is another recipe for English Muffin bread.  This is the third time I have posted recipes for this.  Each are slightly different but equally delicious.  The first time was when I started this blog.  http://www.thecabincountess.com/2014/06/creamy-vegetable-soup-and-english.html

Then I posted my recipe for making traditional English Muffins.  http://www.thecabincountess.com/2014/10/make-your-own-english-muffins.html  I like this recipe very much, but it does take more time than most people want to spend.  Recently I found another recipe for English Muffin bread on www.littlehouseliving.com  It is quick, easy and has the same texture as a real English Muffin.

English Muffin bread raising in the pans.

Easy English Muffin Bread Recipe
What You Need:
  • 5 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons Dry Active Yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 cups warm Milk
  • 1/2 cup Warm Water
  • Cornmeal
In a large bowl, mix half of the flour with the yeast, sugar, salt, milk, and water. Make sure the water and the milk are warm so they help to activate the yeast. Mix together for a few minutes to give the yeast a chance to activate.
Add in the rest of the flour and mix until just combined. I used my Kitchen Aid mixer but you can simply mix the dough together by hand.  The dough is sticky.  Don't add more flour to make it look like regular bread dough, it is supposed to be sticky.   Make sure you do not overmix.
Grease 2 loaf pans and sprinkle cornmeal in the bottom of each pan. Divide the batter into the pans, sprinkle more cornmeal on the top, and let it rise in a warm place until doubles in size.

Bake at 375 for 35 to 40 minutes.

This bread is best toasted but it is moist enough to eat plain.