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English Muffin Bread is easy to make and requires only one rise and no kneading at all! English Muffin Bread is versatile and can be used instead of sandwich bread or in place of traditional English Muffins.
Homemade No Knead English Muffin Bread
It’s taken a few years, but I’ve finally got my hubby into a breakfast routine.
He’s never really been a breakfast person, especially when having to rush off to work so early in the morning. But it’s important to fuel up in the morning, especially when you’ve got a long, busy day ahead of you. So I wanted to find a breakfast that my husband would actually eat but that could also be made ahead of time so that it’s ready to go when he is in the morning.
I finally found something that fits all of the above criteria: homemade breakfast sandwiches.
You can make a breakfast sandwich the night before and store it in the fridge for the morning, or you can make a whole batch of Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches and store them in the freezer so that you’re stocked up for a whole bunch of breakfasts.
I’ve found that, as far as breads go, English Muffins make the best bread for breakfast sandwiches, whether they’re frozen or freshly made. But I don’t want to have to mess around with making English Muffins from scratch every time I make a fresh batch of breakfast sandwiches. And they’re so expensive at the store!
Now, I don’t mind making traditional English Muffins, but let’s face it…they are pretty time consuming and I have plenty of other things to be doing aside from sitting over a hot griddle all afternoon. So I finally found a solution: this yummy English Muffin Bread recipe!
If you love English Muffins but don’t like the time they take to make from scratch, this recipe is for you. Not only that, it’s a great bread recipe overall. Only a single rise and no kneading. Because I know you have better things to be doing with your time too:)
Ingredients in English Muffin Bread
What You Need:
- All-Purpose Flour. You can use Gluten Free Flour in this recipe but make sure that you get one that is good for yeast free baking! I highly recommend the Schar Universal Baking Mix for yeast products.
- Dry Active Yeast. Instant yeast is the same thing. I buy my yeast in bulk here and then store extras in the freezer.
- Sugar. This is only to activate your yeast so you don’t need much. Your bread won’t rise as much if you don’t have it. You can sub honey if you need to but make sure you are feeding the yeast!
- Milk. You can use a milk-alternative if you need to make this recipe dairy free. Make sure your milk is at room temp before adding it to the dough.
- Warm Water. We need the warmth here to activate the yeast quickly.
- Cornmeal. I always have cornmeal on hand for things like Cornbread. In this recipe it’s just used to add some texture interest to the loaf to make it like traditional English Muffins. You can buy cornmeal in bulk from Amazon here or from Azure here.
FAQs About Baking Bread
What makes English Muffins different than regular bread?
English Muffins are traditionally fried until the insides are cooked instead of being baked inside of an oven. This bread combines the taste of English Muffins with the ease of baking bread in the oven.
How do you make no knead bread rise higher?
If you have made the bread several times and it’s not rising as high as you feel like it should you can add a little baking powder to the recipe to help give it a lift. You can also add a little bit of baking soda and vinegar to give it the same reaction.
Why is my no knead bread so dense?
If you are using cold ingredients, didn’t add the sugar to help activate the yeast, or if your home is cold, your bread might have trouble rising.
Is an English Muffin healthier than bread?
An English Muffin (and English Muffin bread) is still bread and still has the same ingredients so one is not healthier than the other.
Ways to Use English Muffin Bread
Just like any bread, there are so many ways you could use this English Muffin Bread. Here are a few ideas:
- Use it in place of regular sandwich bread in this French Toast Casserole.
- Use it in place of burger buns when making homemade burgers.
- Top them with cinnamon and sugar for an afternoon snack.
- Use some Homemade Pizza Sauce and make them into mini pizzas for lunch.
- Slice it into cubes and use it in the Old Fashioned Bread Pudding Recipe.
- Toast it and enjoy it with your favorite Homemade Jelly recipe.
- Top it with some Honey Butter!
How to Make English Muffin Bread
- In a large bowl, stir together half of the flour with the yeast, sugar, salt, milk, and water. Make sure the water and the milk are warm (but not hot!) so they help to activate the yeast. Let it sit 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 simply mixed my dough together by hand (it’s sticky!) but you can use a stand mixer with a dough hook if you have one. Make sure you don’t over mix or you might not get your nooks and crannies!
- Grease 2 loaf pans with vegetable oil or a cooking spray and sprinkle the 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 doubled in size.
- Bake at 375ºF for 35 to 40 minutes or until the top of the bread begins to get golden brown.
- Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool a bit. Once it’s semi-cool, remove it from the loaf pans and let it cool on its side on a cooling rack.
- To store the bread you aren’t eating right away, you can place a loaf in the freezer in a freezer bag. If you are keeping it on the counter, cover it in plastic wrap or in a bread bag so that it doesn’t dry out.
We mostly use English Muffin Bread to make breakfast sandwiches, but it’s also great with just a bit of butter and jam! Hubby likes to toast his on our stove top toaster.
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No Knead English Muffin Bread
This homemade English Muffin Bread is easy to make and requires only one rise and no kneading at all! English Muffin Bread is versatile and can be used instead of sandwich bread or in place of traditional English Muffins.
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 ½ tsp active dry yeast
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 cups warm milk
- ½ cup warm water
- Cornmeal (to sprinkle)
In a large bowl, mix half of the flour with the yeast, sugar, salt, warm milk, and warm water. Let it sit 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 simply mixed my dough together by hand (it's sticky!) but you can use a stand mixer with a dough hook if you have one. Make sure you don't over mix!
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 doubled in size.
Bake at 375ºF for 35 to 40 minutes.
More Homemade Bread Recipes to Try
- Easy Homemade Gluten Free Bread in the Bread Machine
- 6 Ingredient Bread Recipe; How to Make Easy Homemade Bread
- Make Ahead Breadsticks; Frozen Breadsticks
- Irish Brown Bread Recipe
- Basic White Bread
- Bread Recipes From Scratch
Have you ever made your own English Muffins or No Knead English Muffin Bread? What do you use it for? Let me know in the comments:)