I’m not much of a bread baker…but this easy English Muffin Bread recipe is absolutely painless, there is no kneading and it’s delicious. In fact, it’s so good that I’m giving a loaf to my friends and family for Christmas…accompanied by a jar of homemade vanilla sugar. More on that later.
English Muffin Bread for Gift-Giving!
For the past few years, I’ve shared a bread recipe and some packaging ideas for a homemade Christmas gift. I wanted to do the same thing this year, but felt we needed a little change. Not a big change mind you…just a small one. I think this easy English Muffin Bread recipe is a lovely, made-from-your-kitchen gift for family and friends.
Muffin bread that’s no knead!
It mixes up in no time and what I love the most is there is no kneading…which means much less mess. It smells heavenly while it’s baking and turns out perfect every time. I’ve made three batches and I now have five loaves in my freezer. I’ve been eating it for breakfast and am hooked.
Easy English Muffin Bread Recipe
- 5 cups Flour
- 4 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon Sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups warm milk
- 1/2 cup warm water
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- In the bowl of a standing mixer, with the paddle attachment, add half of the flour, yeast, sugar, salt, milk and water. The milk and water should be very warm but not hot or boiling. The heat from the liquid will activate the yeast.
- Mix together for 1 minute and then let set for 3 minutes so the yeast will activate.
- One cup at a time, add in the rest of the flour. Mix just until combined, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl.
- Divide into two large loaf pans prepared with Baker's Joy and dusted with cornmeal. (Crisco or butter can be substituted for Baker's Joy.)
- Dust tops of loaves with cornmeal. Set in a warm place and let rise until the loaf is above the side of the pan. (About double in size.)
- Bake for 35 minutes. Bread is done when outside of loaves are lightly browned. Double check doneness by tapping on the top of the loaves. If they sound hollow, they are done.
- I used 9 x 5 inch, 1.5 quart Pyrex loaf pans.
This recipe is a combo of several different ones I found in cookbooks and online. Some called for different amounts of the milk and water as well as different amounts of the yeast and sugar. I think this specific set of ingredients works well and the bread rises beautifully.
Easy English Muffin Bread Recipe Tips
Make sure your yeast is very fresh. If you have old packets or an old jar, pitch them and buy new. (HERE is what I used.) When I was doing my research, two of the recipes suggested baking the loaves in Pyrex loaf pans. Then I remembered that my mom baked bread in old Pyrex loaf pans too…so with that thought, I ordered these loaf pans.
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It may sound odd, but when I was baking this bread, I felt like my mom was watching. I think I just needed to feel close to her and working in my kitchen sometimes helps with that. I’m not really sure why…but it felt good and for a little while, I was content. I can’t ask for more than that.
Here are the Christmas bread recipes from the past…they all made lovely loaves of bread that are perfect for gift-giving.
If you want to learn how to make vanilla sugar, just click the link below. There is nothing better than toast and butter topped with vanilla sugar. It’s the best!
Edited 12/15/2016: I made a free printable tag for the English Muffin Bread. Click HERE to download.
Click HERE for easy packaging ideas that make holiday gift giving easy!
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