English Muffin Bread

If you’re craving english muffins but want something easier, try this English Muffin Bread, AKA English Toasting bread. It’s the perfect breakfast or brunch recipe.

A few weeks ago we shared an English muffin recipe. Have you tried them yet? There’s really just nothing like homemade English muffins. Especially when served with a pad of butter and honey.

Delicious.

buttered piece of english muffin bread

If you’re looking for something just a little faster, I think you’ll love this homemade English Muffin Bread. It’s the same great flavor and texture…just in a sliceable loaf!

What is English Toasting Bread?

This recipe is also sometimes called English Toasting Bread. According to The Kitchen, the bread form of the famous English Muffins aren’t actually English at all. Supposedly English Muffins are actually marketed as American over in Europe.

A British ex-pat in New York City developed the English muffin recipe that became so widely famous. Whatever the backstory, I’m glad this was invented!

mixing english muffin bread batter

How to Make English Muffin Bread

Follow these steps for easy homemade bread:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and instant yeast.
  2. Heat the milk in the microwave or in a saucepan on the stove until it reaches 120º F degrees (stir the milk well before testing the temperature to ensure an accurate read). Add the hot milk and the vegetable oil to the flour mixture.
  3. Use an electric mixer to beat the mixture at medium speed for 1 minute, or knead by hand for 3 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic. The dough will be very soft and sticky. If you choose to knead by hand, make sure you don’t add too much flour or the bread will be dry.
  4. Grease an 8 ½ x 4 ½ inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray, then dust the bottom and sides with cornmeal. This gives the bread that classic English muffin texture.sprinkling cornmeal in baking dish
  5. Place the dough into the pan. Cover the pan with a clean dish towel and place in a warm location to rise just until the dough reaches the top of the pan. This will take approximately 1 hour.baking bread in a panb
  6. Bake the bread at 400F degrees for 25 minutes until it is golden brown on the top.

A close up of a loaf of bread

How do you check the doneness of bread?

There are several different ways to do this.

  1. Tap the bottom of the loaf. It should sound hollow.
  2. The outside should be an even brown color, like the beautiful color of this bread below.
  3. Check the internal temperature. The bread is done when the internal temp reaches 190º Fahrenheit.

How do you cut bread without squashing it?

Here are a few tricks!

  • Make sure the bread is completely cooled (although I know it is tempting to eat it fresh from the oven!).
  • Use a long serrated knife.
  • Saw back and forth with the knife instead of pressing down really hard.
  • Be gentle! Hold the bread loaf gently with your hands as you cut it.
  • Turn the loaf upside down to cut it. This may seem like you’ll squish the bread and may not work with all types of bread, but if you have a firm bread, this might be a trick to try.

A close up of a loaf of bread

What goes good on toast?

Here are a few of our favorites:

Can you tell we like butter??

a loaf of bread cut with two slices

Other Bread Recipes

slice of English Muffin Bread with butter
slice of English Muffin Bread with butter

English Muffin Bread

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If you're craving english muffins but want something easier, try this English Muffin Bread, AKA English Toasting bread. It's the perfect breakfast or brunch recipe.
Servings 8
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Rise Time 1 hour
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 envelope instant yeast (2 ¼ teaspoons)
  • 1 ¼ cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or oil of your choice
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Cornmeal to sprinkle in pan

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and instant yeast.
  • Heat the milk in the microwave or in a sauce pan on the stove until it reaches 120F degrees (stir the milk well before testing the temperature to ensure an accurate read). Add the hot milk and the vegetable oil to the flour mixture.
  • Use an electric mixer to beat the mixture at medium speed for 1 minute, or beat by hand for 3 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic. The dough will be very soft and sticky.
  • Grease an 8 ½ x 4 ½ inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray, then dust the bottom and sides with cornmeal.
  • Scoop the dough into the pan. Cover the pan with a clean dish towel and place in a warm location to rise just until the dough reaches the top of the pan, approximately 1 hour.
  • Bake the bread at 400F degrees for 25 minutes until it is golden brown on the top. The internal temperature of the bread should reach 190F.
  • Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn it out onto a cooling rack to cool to room temperature. 
  • Slice the bread and serve it toasted with butter and jam. 
  • Store leftover bread in an airtight container.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the bread being cut into 8 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of bread. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 342mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2.2mg
Author Julie Clark
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Calories 232
Keyword bread recipe, easy bread, homemade bread

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About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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