This bread has the chewy consistency of English muffins. It's especially good toasted!

JJ

Recipe Summary

prep:
1 hr
cook:
25 mins
total:
1 hr 25 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
2 - 8x4 inch loaf pans
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Warm the milk and water in a small saucepan until very warm (125 degrees F/50 degrees C). Lightly grease two 8x4 inch loaf pans; sprinkle cornmeal inside pans.

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  • In a large bowl, mix together 3 cups flour, yeast, sugar, salt and soda. Stir milk into the flour mixture; beat well. Stir in the remaining flour, 1 cup at a time, until a stiff batter is formed. Spoon batter into prepared pans. Cover and let rise in a warm place for until nearly doubled in size, about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  • Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 25 minutes. Remove from pans immediately and cool.

Nutrition Facts

168 calories; protein 6.1g 12% DV; carbohydrates 32.4g 11% DV; fat 1.2g 2% DV; cholesterol 2mg 1% DV; sodium 259.7mg 10% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2007
This is the exact recipe my aunt has been using for years and we go crazy whenever she gives us a loaf. It's fantastic. Some tips for beginner bakers: This bread is perfect for beginners...it's very simple and there is no kneeding involved. You can use an instant read thermometer when warming your milk in a saucepan. It just needs to be somewhere between 120 and 130 degrees. Crisco works well for greasing the pans. Don't use a hand mixer to mix the dough..it's far too sticky. Use a Kichenaid mixer with a dough hook (switch to the dough hook AFTER the second round of flour goes in). If you don't have a Kitchenaid, you can use a cuisinart with the dough blade...it works just as well. If you have neither, you can mix it by hand, but that's sort of a pain. After you divide the dough into the pans (and before it starts to rise), sprinkle a little more cornmeal on top for more of an english muffin look. The bread is best toasted! We usually eat it with just butter, pb &j, or cream cheese. Oh..and I bake it at 425 instead of 400 because I like a crispier crust. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/04/2005
This recipe is a nice "starting off point" but personally I think 1/4 teaspoon baking soda for two loaves is not enough.... I put 1/2 teaspoon for two loaves and also the "batter" came out dry....english muffin batter should be "spreadable" so I added the 2 cups milk but instead of 1/2 cup water I added a whole cup plus a few tablespoons..... The end product was DELICIOUS but I did tinker quite a bit with the recipe. Read More
(59)
183 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 135
  • 4 star values: 34
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2007
This is the exact recipe my aunt has been using for years and we go crazy whenever she gives us a loaf. It's fantastic. Some tips for beginner bakers: This bread is perfect for beginners...it's very simple and there is no kneeding involved. You can use an instant read thermometer when warming your milk in a saucepan. It just needs to be somewhere between 120 and 130 degrees. Crisco works well for greasing the pans. Don't use a hand mixer to mix the dough..it's far too sticky. Use a Kichenaid mixer with a dough hook (switch to the dough hook AFTER the second round of flour goes in). If you don't have a Kitchenaid, you can use a cuisinart with the dough blade...it works just as well. If you have neither, you can mix it by hand, but that's sort of a pain. After you divide the dough into the pans (and before it starts to rise), sprinkle a little more cornmeal on top for more of an english muffin look. The bread is best toasted! We usually eat it with just butter, pb &j, or cream cheese. Oh..and I bake it at 425 instead of 400 because I like a crispier crust. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2004
I cut this recipe in half and made it in my bread machine. I added about 1 and 1/2 tablespoon of butter. It's great. Tastes good as bread and toasts beautifully. The texture is good and the taste is great. I did have to add a little more water as it mixed, but each bread machine is different. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2004
I've made this recipe dozens of times; even doubled it to make four loaves because it doesn't last long around my house. It's wonderful toasted or just sliced from the loaf with jam/butter. The texture is wonderful and the flavor is just like an English Muffin but without all the preservatives manufacturers add in. I love it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2005
one of the best recipes i've ever used!! came out exactly as promised. i used an electric mixer on the first beating for about 5 minutes to develop the gluten. beat the batter until it got stringy. then only added about 2 1/2 cups to get a soft dough. kneaded that for about 5 minutes and baked for about 40 minutes. put a cake pan on the bottom shelf of the oven and put 1 cup boiling water in when i put the loaves in the oven. the bread is absolutely delicious and perfect. i've enclosed a picture of these first 2 loaves. thanks, gordon Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/04/2005
This recipe is a nice "starting off point" but personally I think 1/4 teaspoon baking soda for two loaves is not enough.... I put 1/2 teaspoon for two loaves and also the "batter" came out dry....english muffin batter should be "spreadable" so I added the 2 cups milk but instead of 1/2 cup water I added a whole cup plus a few tablespoons..... The end product was DELICIOUS but I did tinker quite a bit with the recipe. Read More
(59)
Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2004
Wow! I adore english muffins and I really loved this bread. It was just like eating an english muffin without the crust underneath the muffin. Toasted and lightly buttered this bread was awesome. I was able to make it in my bread machine too -- I cut the recipe in half to make a 1.5 lb loaf and used 1 1/2 tsp bread machine yeast instead of 2 1/4 tsp (.25 oz) active dry yeast. I also added about 1.5 tablespoon butter to the dough. I let it run on my basic setting with light crust. I let it cook for about 50 out of the 60 minutes but it would have turned out fine if I had left it in the entire time but it the crust was light and crunchy at 50 mins. A great recipe I'm sure to use it often. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2011
This is almost the exact recipe my great aunt has made for years! We all go crazy over it. I do a couple of things different than this recipe. First: I use 2 1/2 cups of milk in place of the 1/2 cup water. Second, I just use all-purpose flour. Finally, to make it a little healthier I only use 1 tsp of salt (you'll never notice a difference!) When baking I like to put tin-foil over the loaves after 10 minutes of baking and leave on for the remaining 15. Loaves still get crunchy but not quite as dark on top. This recipe is a keeper! :) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/18/2005
I don't know why but my bread didn't rise enough. When I put in the oven the dough had doubled in size. However there was no rise during the baking. One would think that bread would rise a lot in the oven. Is this what other people experienced as well? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2004
This bread is very easy to make - works in food processor and tastes delicious! Read More
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