English Muffin Bread

My Dad’s favorite “store bought” bread is the Muffin or Toasting bread. When on sale, he  stocks up the freezer with it. It is also a favorite of ours. I wanted to come up with a version that was every bit as good or even better. After reading multiple recipes and a few bakes, this is the recipe I have come up with. And Dad, I have one in the freezer, for our next visit!

English Muffin Toasting Bread (using bread maker dough cycle)

Makes 2 loaves

Add ingredients in order:

  • 1 cup warmed milk
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 3 Tbsp softened butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vinegar
  • 4 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 1/4 tsp yeast (for Bread Machine)
  • Cornmeal (optional)

Set bread maker on dough cycle. Start machine. Check to make sure all ingredients have incorporated nicely and that dough is not too dry. It should be just a bit sticky.

After dough cycle is complete, gently turn dough out onto a cutting board. Remove paddle from dough, punch down to remove air and shape into two loaves. Place each loaf into a greased, 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ bread pan. Set, covered, in a warm place to proof until dough has doubled in sized (about an hour). Bake at 400 for 18 – 20 minutes or until golden brown. Turn out onto rack to cool before slicing.

 

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