English Muffin Bread
July 14, 2011

by stacy
Published on: July 14, 2011
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“As its name suggests, this bread is derived from English muffin batter…it is excellent when sliced and toasted, otherwise, it is rather uninteresting.”
-James Beard, Beard on Bread

After the delicious Crumpets I made a few weeks ago, I wanted to try a similar recipe, English Muffin Bread.

Here are the ingredients:

English Muffin Bread Ingredients

Since this is a batter bread, there is no kneading required: I mixed all the ingredients except the baking soda together, and let the batter rise for about an hour.  Then I mixed in the baking soda and divided the batter between two 8 x 4 pans.  After another 45 minutes of rising time, the batter had risen to the top of the pans and was ready to go into the oven.

English Muffin Bread After Second Rising

Beard doesn’t specify a baking time for this bread–the recipe just says to “Bake the bread in a preheated 375 degree oven until it is golden on top and shrinks slightly from the sides of the pan.”  One of my loaves (the one in the aluminum pan) was done after 20 minutes; the other (in a non-stick pan) was done after 25 minutes.

English Muffin Bread

Beard claims that untoasted English Muffin Bread is “uninteresting.”  Mike and I beg to differ.  Fresh out of the oven, it is a light, airy, tastily delightful bread.  Toasted, English Muffin Bread cannot even be compared to a commercial English muffin–the texture is incredible and the taste is perfect.  English Muffin Bread is absolutely divine.  Both loaves were gone within 24 hours.

English Muffin Bread

4 Comments - Leave a comment
  1. Carl says:

    Same here – I have been using Beard’s recipe, and now make about 8-10 decent sized english muffins with the same recipe. The dough is sticky, more of a batter with an attitude! Simply dust some corn meal or semolina on a griddle, form about 8 muffins on the griddle (I use a rectangular Lodge that covers both gas burners) using about a 3 inch egg ring. sprinkle semolina on the tops, cover with plastic wrap, let rise awhile, remove the plastic and fire up the griddle – I find it better to use LOW heat. flip when bottom is nice dark brown. Muffins are done when thermometer reads around 200, or when no sticky stuff on it.

    • stacy says:

      Thanks for all the tips, especially the idea about sprinkling semolina on the tops of the muffins! I will have to try that next time I make English muffins–they’ve become one of my favorite weekend lunches.

  2. Mac says:

    Being genuinely lazy, I use a Lodge 7B iron muffin pan. It has seven 3-1/4 inch muffin slots about 5/8 inch deep. Liberally butter each with a sprinkle of corn meal. I put roughly 2 oz of batter in each and bake (this is the lazy part) in a preheated oven at 350 dF for about 25 minutes, turned out on a cooling rack. Wonderful with your favorite preserve.

    • stacy says:

      That pan looks like an interesting product, thanks for the tip! If you’re making muffins, I don’t think you can qualify as too lazy… 🙂

      Happy baking!

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