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This English Muffin Bread recipe will quickly become a family favorite! It’s a simple bread to make with just a handful of ingredients and is delicious toasted and spread with butter or jam.

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I recently got kinda bored of making bacon and eggs every morning. So, I made bread. English muffin bread, to be precise.

You guys, this stuff is going to BLOW YOUR MIND. The taste and texture is like an English muffin, but it’s in bread form!

I’ve been toasting this for breakfast and smearing it with softened butter and plenty of raspberry jam. So simple, but so perfect.

This is also delicious with our cinnamon honey butter or our apple butter recipe.

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Ingredient Notes:

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Yeast – We’re using active dry yeast. I buy it in bulk and store it in the fridge. We use it often to make our quick dinner rolls.

Flour – We use all-purpose flour. You could try using a combination of wheat and white flour, but we do prefer white flour.

Sugar – Just a touch of granulated sugar.

Cornmeal – This coats the loaf pan and gives the bread a bit of coarse texture on the crust.

Milk & Water – We use whole milk, but any variety should work fine.

How to make English muffin bread:

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Warm the milk and water in a pot until warm. Do this over low heat and target about 120 degrees F. Remove from heat and add the yeast. Let it set for 5 minutes.

Use your stand mixer with a dough hook and add your yeast mixture, flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda. Knead the mixture on medium speed for 7 minutes. Check the dough – it should be slightly sticky, but workable.

Grab an 8×4 or 9×5 loaf pan (either will work) and spray with non-stick spray or brush on vegetable oil. Then sprinkle the pan with corn meal and shake the pan until the inside of the pan is evenly coated.

Shape the dough in the pan and let it sit in a warm place for about 45 minutes until it doubles in size.

Bake for 25 minutes at 400 degrees F, or until it is golden brown on the outside. Cool before slicing.

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Karly’s Tips!

Bread Baking Tips:

  • If your liquid is too cool, the yeast will not activate. If your liquid is too hot, it will kill the yeast. You want the liquid to be between 110 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • This can be done by hand with a bit of elbow grease. No mixer needed!
  • The dough should barely stick to your fingers when you pinch it. If it’s too sticky, you’ll have a hard time shaping it. You can add a touch more flour as needed, but don’t overdo it.
  • The bread should be golden brown on the outside and should sound hollow when you knock on it with your fist. For the most accuracy, use an internal thermometer – bread is done at 190 degrees F.
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Special Tools!

You can bake bread by hand, but we find it easiest to use a mixer.

We have a KitchenAid stand mixer that is excellent for making bread when fitted with the dough hook.

We recently purchased a Bosch Mixer that is a new favorite for making bread.

Whichever tool you decide to use, I’m sure the bread will be tasty!

The exact loaf pan I use is no longer available, but this one is very similar and so cute!

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Serving Suggestions:

This bread is delicious toasted and topped with butter and jam.

We also use it to make breakfast sandwiches with scrambled egg, air fryer sausage patties, and cheese.

Try your hand at a delicious avocado toast! Toast the bread, spread with smashed avocado, sprinkle with crumbled feta, and top with Everything Bagel seasoning or a drizzle of balsamic glaze.

More Breakfast Favorites:

  • Baked Donuts
  • Hootenanny
  • Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
  • Homemade Biscuits
  • Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Muffins
  • Sheet Pan Pancakes
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Recipe

English Muffin Bread

It's so simple to make this English muffin bread and it's delicious toasted with butter and jam. Don't let bread intimidate you – it's really quite simple!

4 from 29 votes

Prep20 minutes minutes

Cook25 minutes minutes

Rise Time45 minutes minutes

Total1 hour hour 30 minutes minutes

Serves 10 slices

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon corn meal

Instructions

  • Warm the milk and water over low heat until warm, but not hot to the touch, around 110-120 degrees.

  • Remove from the heat and add the yeast to the mixture and let bloom, about 5 minutes.

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, add the yeast and milk mixture and stir in the flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda.

  • Knead on medium speed for 7 minutes. Test dough and add more flour if it’s too sticky too handle. It should be slightly sticky, but workable.

  • Spray an 8×4 loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and sprinkle in the corn meal. Shake the pan around so that the corn meal coats the inside of the pan evenly.

  • Place the dough in the pan and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.

  • Bake in a 400 degree oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

  • Cool completely before slicing.

Tips & Notes:

If the milk and water is too cold, the yeast will not activate. If the mixture is too hot, it will kill the yeast. Use a thermometer to check the temperature – it should be between 110 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

The dough should be slightly sticky to the touch, but easy to shape and work with. If it’s very sticky, add in extra flour a couple tablespoons at a time.

This recipe can be done by hand with a lot of elbow grease. We prefer a stand mixer to keep things simple.

A 9×5 loaf pan may also be used. Bread will bake just a bit quicker in the larger pan.

For perfect bread, test for doneness with an internal thermometer. Bread should be 190 degrees in the center.

Nutrition Information:

Serving: 1slice| Calories: 166kcal (8%)| Carbohydrates: 32g (11%)| Protein: 6g (12%)| Fat: 1g (2%)| Saturated Fat: 1g (6%)| Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g| Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g| Cholesterol: 3mg (1%)| Sodium: 258mg (11%)| Potassium: 106mg (3%)| Fiber: 2g (8%)| Sugar: 2g (2%)| Vitamin A: 40IU (1%)| Vitamin C: 0.01mg| Calcium: 37mg (4%)| Iron: 2mg (11%)

Author: Karly Campbell

Course:Bread

Cuisine:American

Keyword:back to school, easy bread recipes, kid-friendly recipes

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This recipe was originally published in February of 2014. It was updated in January 2023. Original photos below.

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FAQs

How to toast English muffins in the oven? ›

Directions. Preheat oven to 375°F and split English muffins with hands or a fork on a baking sheet. Toast for 5-7 minutes until golden brown.

What makes English muffins bread different? ›

The dough is relatively wet, and cannot be shaped as a bread dough could be. It is placed in rings on a griddle or pan and then cooked. The resulting muffins are cooled before eating. They are then cut in half; the texture has a small crumb, and is unlike bread dough.

Why did my English muffin bread sink in the middle? ›

Bread that Falls or Collapses Can Be Caused By:

Too much liquid – Try decreasing water or milk by one to two tablespoons. Remember to look at your dough after a few minutes of kneading and see if it's a smooth, round ball. If the dough is too dry add liquid a teaspoon at a time until the dough balls up.

How do you keep English muffins from molding? ›

English Muffins do not need to be stored in the fridge if they will be consumer quickly. The cool temperature of the refrigerator does prevent mold growth, however, meaning they will last longer in the fridge. As mentioned above, if you will use them quickly, they can be kept on the counter for a few days.

How do you use an oven for toasting? ›

To make toast in the oven, preheat your oven to 350 F. Layout however many slices of bread you need to toast in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake the slices for around 10 minutes flipping them and rotating the pans at the five-minute mark.

What is another name for English muffin bread? ›

English muffins are often synonymous with breakfast, center stage, for example, with eggs Benedict or the vessel for any breakfast sandwich. Also known as toasted crumpets, this yeast-leavened bread visibly stands out with its crater-like surface, aka the “nooks and crannies.” But what is the origin of English muffins?

Is English muffin healthier than bread? ›

Is an English muffin better for you than bread? A. English muffins are slightly healthier than bread because they include fewer calories, carbohydrates, fats, and sugar than bread. However, both have a high carbohydrate content, which can offer energy throughout the day, and many nutrients.

Are English muffins better for you then bread? ›

English muffins tend to be a little healthier than bread since English muffins have less carbohydrates, fats, and sugar than bread. While bread does contain slightly more fat when compared to English muffins, both options have 1 gram or less of total fat.

What does too much yeast do to bread? ›

The more yeast in a recipe initially, the quicker it produces CO2, alcohol, and organic acids. Alcohol, being acidic, weakens the gluten in the dough, and eventually the dough becomes “porous,” and won't rise; or won't rise very well.

What is the white on the bottom of an English muffin? ›

The small white particles on the bottom of Thomas'® English Muffins are farina. Farina is a cereal food, frequently described as mild-tasting, usually served warm, made from cereal grains. This is used to prevent the doughball from sticking to the oven plate and also to give the product its unique taste.

Why does my homemade bread fall apart when I slice it? ›

Too much flour and not enough water can cause crumbly bread – people often do this if the dough is too sticky and they add more flour rather than kneading through it. Other culprits can be overproving or not kneading enough – the things you need to do to get a good structure.

How long after expiration date can you eat English muffins? ›

You'll know if they start to smell off or go fuzzy. In the fridge, they'll probably last a week or so. In the freezer, well sealed, they could last a year. All this assumes nobody devours the muffins sooner than that.

Should homemade English muffins be refrigerated? ›

The shelf life of homemade English muffins is shorter than store-bought. Store leftovers covered at room temperature for up to 2 days and then transfer to the refrigerator for up to 3 days. After that, it's best to freeze them.

Should you refrigerate English muffins? ›

Like all bread, refrigerating English muffins compromises their flavor and freshness, but the cold temperature should keep them from molding for a longer time. However, nothing stays edible forever and eventually they will still go bad even in the fridge.

Do you cut English muffins in half before toasting? ›

The soft insides of the muffin toast up best of all, so make sure you cut the muffin in half before you start toasting.

Do you toast English muffin before freezing breakfast sandwich? ›

One tip. I toast the English Muffins ahead for two reasons. First, it dehydrates the bread so it freezes better. Second, you can easily reheat the whole sandwich and be on your way.

What is better for you toast or English muffin? ›

English muffins tend to be a little healthier than bread since English muffins have less carbohydrates, fats, and sugar than bread. While bread does contain slightly more fat when compared to English muffins, both options have 1 gram or less of total fat.

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