Sunday, May 05, 2013

English Muffin Bread and Very Little Bother Bread—Secret Recipe Club

English Muffin Bread (May SRC) 4-28-13

I love this bread!  I made this for the Secret Recipe Club from my assigned blog this month.  I seriously don’t eat white bread, like almost never.  I just know that whole wheat bread is much better for me and I most often prefer it, especially over store bought bread.  When I saw this bread on Shannon’s blog, Searching For Dessert, I remembered seeing it before other places online and wanting to make it, but never had.  Kevin likes English muffins so I figured he’d like it, too.  The loaf of bread was eaten pretty quickly and I have to admit, I ate more slices of it than I thought I would—a couple pieces one day, a couple the next. 

I love the denseness of it and all the little nooks and crannies that perfectly hold melting butter and my other favorite, honey. 

English Muffin Bread

While I certainly think the bread is good freshly sliced (and it slices so nicely), my favorite way to have it is toasted, with the aforementioned butter and honey.

Toasted English Muffin Bread

Love the crispy crust and still tender middle.   I adapted Shannon’s recipe ever-so-slightly.  Check out her English Muffin Bread, she added a little cinnamon to it.  I decided this first time to leave it out.  I also needed more flour than she used.

English Muffin Bread, by Katrina, Baking and Boys!, adapted from Searching For Dessert

3  1/3 cups all purpose flour (I used unbleached)

2  1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast (which is the same as one packet)

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup milk (I used 2%)

1/4 cup water

1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar

1 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, whisk together one and a half cups of flour, the yeast, and baking soda. Heat in a small saucepan over medium heat the milk, water, sugar and salt just until warm.  Stir to combine the sugar and salt.  Remove from heat before it is hot.  Stir the wet ingredients into the flour mixture and combine well.  Stir in one and a half cups of flour.  If the dough is still quite sticky, add some of the remaining 1/3 cup flour to the countertop and put the dough on top of it and begin working in some of the flour, adding more of the remaining 1/3 cup until it isn’t too sticky.  It only needs to be kneaded just until it all comes together and isn’t too sticky to shape. 

Shape it into a loaf and place it in an 8x4 inch loaf pan that is greased.  Cover the pan with plastic wrap sprayed lightly with cooking spray and let it rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes.  After about 30 minutes, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Bake the bread for 25 minutes.  Remove the bread from the pan and let it cool on a wire rack until you just can’t stand it anymore and need to slice in to it. ;)

English Muffin Bread (May SRC)

Ready to bake with no kneading and just 45 minutes rise time.

English Muffin Bread 4-28-13

Perfect in just 25 minutes.

I also made this bread from Shannon’s blog, Searching For Dessert because I love the name of it and the idea of it being easy!  Very Little Bother Bread  The recipe makes enough for two loaves, so I halved it and only made one loaf.  It was good and easy.  The mixer does the short time of kneading.  The dough then goes through two 30 minute rise times, then is shaped and put in the pan for one more 30 minute rising.  Baked, then—with very little bother, you have a great homemade bread.  I used about half whole wheat flour and half all purpose flour.

Very Little Bother Bread

Very Little Bother Bread

Very Little Bother Bread

Other recipes I printed out from Shannon’s blog and plan to try soon are---

Southwest Quinoa Sliders

Crisped Rice Cookies

Banana Brownies with Peanut Butter Drizzle  (Shannon loves creating all kinds of different flavored brownies, so do I!)

There is so much more deliciousness on Shannon’s blog.  Check it out, especially if you are Searching For Dessert. ;)




Lisa said...

Just the look of that honey drenched slice is enough to make me want a whole loaf of your bread.

Sara said...

This looks SO good, especially the shot of the slice with honey!! :)

Pola M said...

I never tried adding baking soda AND yeast. Sounds very interesting!

Trisha said...

Thats a gorgeous loaf of bead Katrina! Love it!

shannon millisor said...

I'm so glad that you liked the bread recipes Katrina :)! You have inspired me to make the English Muffin Bread again, I forgot how much I loved it!

Elizabeth said...

I ate an English muffin every day, so I will have to try it!

Isabelle @ Crumb said...

I love this pick! I had a recipe for an English muffin bread that I had clipped out of a magazine many, many, many years ago and absolutely adored, but it unfortunately got misplaced at some point... I'm so excited to have found it again that I just might have to race home tonight and bake up a loaf right away.

megan said...

I've seen so many recipes for english muffin bread - but yours looks the easiest by far...

And I eat bread the exact SAME way - butter and honey! :)

Camilla Mann said...

English muffin bread?!? Looks amazing. I have put this on my to-make list. Stat. Thanks for sharing with the SRC.

Jennifer said...

That bread looks gorgeous! While I'm waiting for my sour dough starter to mature, I'll have to make this in the meantime.

Sarah said...

english muffin bread is the best!!

Cooking Rookie said...

Looks yummy!

Barbara Bakes said...

I've seen the English Muffin Bread before and now I want to try it more than ever. Great pick.

Lana@Never Enough Thyme said...

I love making homemade bread! This one sounds so easy! I'm giving it a try for sure.

Barbara Bakes said...

I've seen the English Muffin Bread before and now I want to try it more than ever. Great pick.

Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos said...

Wow - just WOW! I have some freshly made jam that would be perfect for that... hmmm...

*runs to kitchen to bake a loaf*

Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! said...

You just can't beat freshly baked homemade bread. I love to use English muffin bread for grilled cheese too. Yum!

Lesa @ Edesias Notebook said...

No sweets this time? Wow! Great choices with these breads, though. I am not a baker, but I seriously want to try that English muffin bread. Looks amazing and seems pretty easy. And I must have had a long day, because I kept reading the second one as "very little brother bread" and I couldn't figure out the brother reference. DUH! I think it's time for bed!

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Shelby Law Ruttan said...

Yum, honey and butter on english muffin is a fav of mine too. I've made English Muffin bread for SRC and it was also the first time I had ever made it. Love it!

P.S. I'm wondering, are we ever gonna get hooked up for SRC? lol.

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Oh, I want some! I hardly ever bake bread but the next time I do this is what I will be making.

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Oh my, this bread is gorgeous! I'd love a slice :)

Donalyn @ The Creekside Cook said...

Katrina, this looks just wonderful! It is such an easy bread to make and one of our favorites - try making French Toast with it!

Elizabeth -SugarHero! said...

I've always wanted to make an English muffin bread but have never gotten around to it! Mostly I'm afraid I'd eat the whole thing...must do it on a weekend when we have company. I'll save this recipe, thanks!

Judy said...

So much easier than making muffins. The toast has to be fantastic.

TeaLady said...

Oh, I love Eng Muffing bread. This recipe is a little dif so I will def have to try it. And I thought you made Little Brother Bread. I need to learn to read. LOL
both look GREAT!!

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Nancy @ gottagetbaked said...

Mmm...both loaves look incredible, Katrina! I'm such a carboholic. I usually eat all the bread that I bake by myself. That slice with the butter and honey is killing me. I love toast with a thick slather of honey on it! I have a three day weekend coming up so I'm definitely going to try one of these recipes.

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