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English Muffin Bread has all the same nooks and crannies as your favorite English muffins in a sliceable bread form. Pop it in the toaster and slather it with butter and jam for the best piece of toast you’ve ever had.

Slice of english muffin bread topped with jam set next to two small bowls of jam

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Do you ever make a recipe where you aren’t expecting much, but the results blow you away?

The first time I ever made English Muffin Bread, I sort of haphazardly threw the loaf together as a way to procrastinate doing any of my other tasks at hand. 

I honestly wasn’t expecting much, but in about an hour and a half, I had an amazing-smelling loaf of bread cooling on my counter.

As soon as it was cool, I cut myself a slice, toasted it up, and slathered it in butter. Turns out, it tasted just as amazing as it smelled! 

I guess it’s not every day that procrastinating turns out in my favor, but in this case it definitely did. I highly suggest throwing together a loaf if you’re trying to avoid adulting, too.

English muffin bread ingredients arranged on a light countertop

WHAT IS ENGLISH MUFFIN BREAD?

You’ve probably had English muffins before…but have you ever had English Muffin Bread?

Just as the name suggests, this coarse-textured bread is the loaf version of those English muffins you love and is ideal for toasting!

It’s full of those little nooks and crannies that are perfect for containing pools of melted butter and jam. The crust has an amazingly crisp texture that is only enhanced by toasting.

Not to mention, it’s quicker to make than homemade English muffins, since you are baking one loaf instead of cooking a dozen muffins on the griddle!

English muffin bread dough in a white mixing bowl, being stirred with a wooden spoon

HOW TO MAKE ENGLISH MUFFIN BREAD

Not only is this bread undeniably delicious, it’s also ridiculously simple to prepare which makes it great for those of you just getting started with baking yeast breads

You toss everything together, let it rise, bake it and you’ll pretty much be deeming yourself a master baker by the time the first slice is toasted.

Here, I’ll walk you through it!

Dough for english muffin bread in a loaf pan, ready to rise

Ingredients you’ll need

If you keep yeast on hand (make sure to store it in the freezer!), you probably have everything you need to make this bread:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 packet (2 ¼ teaspoons) instant yeast
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or olive oil
  • cornmeal, to sprinkle in pan

Just like when we made Parker House Rolls or Cranberry Orange Cinnamon Rolls, this loaf uses instant yeast which makes it pretty quick and easy to throw together. The bread will only need to rise one time, so you’ll be on your way to fresh-baked bread faster than you’d think!

Risen loaf of English Muffin Bread in a loaf pan, ready to bake

Tools you’ll need

In addition to measuring cups and spoons and a big mixing bowl, you’ll need an 8×4-inch loaf pan.

See? Nothing fussy about this bread! You don’t even need to use a mixer to make it.

Making this recipe

Grab your favorite large mixing bowl and add 2 cups of the flour along with the sugar, salt, baking soda, and yeast. Give that a stir to combine.

Mix together the milk, water, and oil in a microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup and microwave this in 30-second increments until the liquid is very warm, but not too hot. You’ll know it’s right when it’s hotter than lukewarm but wouldn’t be uncomfortably hot as bath water.

Add the liquids to the dry ingredients and stir until combined. The dough will be about the consistency of muffin batter.

Baked loaf of english muffin bread cooling on a light colored countertop

Add in the last of the flour, ¼ cup at a time, until a very soft, sticky dough forms.

Now it’s time to prep your pan. Lightly grease your loaf pan and then toss in about ¼ cup of cornmeal. Tilt the pan, tapping the sides, to coat the sides of the pan in the cornmeal.

Scoop the dough into the pan. You might need to spray a rubber spatula with cooking spray to level it out, since the dough is so soft and sticky.

Spray a piece of plastic wrap lightly with cooking spray and cover the pan. Let the dough rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. It will be fully risen when you can just barely see the dough over the rim of the pan.

Close up of a sliced piece of english muffin bread, showing the nooks and crannies

While your dough rises, preheat the oven. Since my kitchen is often cold, I like to set my pan near the oven while it preheats, so it is warmed by the heat coming off the oven. 

Once the dough has risen, take off the plastic wrap and bake it for about 22-27 minutes. When it is done, it will be golden and if you tap the top, it will sound a bit hollow.

Let the bread cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before turning it out onto a rack to finish cooling. I know it’s hard to wait, but let it cool completely before you dig in!

Slices of english muffin bread arranged on a marble board

WHAT GOES WITH THIS BREAD?

English Muffin Bread makes just about the best piece of toast you’ll ever have. 

Slice it, toast it, and slather it in plenty of butter and top it with anything from cinnamon sugar to blueberry jam to slow cooker apple butter

Out of English muffins but craving eggs benedict? Slice up a piece of this English Muffin Bread and use it instead – those nooks and crannies will be perfect for catching that rich hollandaise sauce.

Sliced loaf of English Muffin Bread next to butter and jam on a marble board

BREAD STORAGE TIPS

As easy as it is, if you’re going to make your own English Muffin Bread, you should make sure you store it so it lasts as long as possible.

Here are a few bread storage tips – use these for storing homemade bread or a fresh-from-the-bakery loaf:

  • Store loaves in paper or reusable bread bags. Don’t store them in plastic – plastic traps in moisture so the bread goes bad faster.
  • Get a bread box. They look really nice on your counter and they are designed to keep bread fresh for longer!
  • Keep bread in a cool, dry place. Try to store your bread away from warm and/or damp spots in your kitchen, such as near the fridge or dishwasher. 
  • When in doubt, freeze it! Bread freezes really well – this English Muffin Bread is no exception. Wrap the bread tightly and freeze it for up to 3 months. You can defrost it before slicing and toasting or place it in a warm oven to thaw and heat it through. 

This English Muffin Bread is so easy to make, it might just become your new weekly bread recipe! 

Loaf of english muffin bread set on a marble board, with two slices cut off the end
Sliced loaf of English muffin bread set on a marble board next to a bowl of jam

English Muffin Bread

Yield: 1 8x4-inch loaf
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Rise Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

English Muffin Bread has all the same nooks and crannies as your favorite English muffins in a sliceable bread form. Pop it in the toaster and slather it with butter and jam for the best piece of toast you’ve ever had.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 packet (2 ¼ teaspoons) instant yeast
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or olive oil
  • cornmeal, to sprinkle in pan

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, add 2 cups of the flour along with the sugar, salt, baking soda, and instant yeast; stir to combine.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup, combine the milk, water, and oil. Microwave on high heat in 30-second increments until the mixture is between 120°F and 130°F. If you don't have a thermometer, the liquid should feel quite hot (hotter than lukewarm), but not so hot that it would be uncomfortable as bath water.
  3. Add the hot liquid to the flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until combined. Mixture should resemble muffin batter in consistency. Add the last ½ cup of flour, ¼ cup at a time, until the mixture forms a very sticky, soft dough. 
  4. Lightly grease an 8x4-inch loaf pan, and sprinkle the bottom and sides with cornmeal. 
  5. Scoop the dough into the prepared pan. If needed, use a rubber spatula sprayed with nonstick cooking spray to level the top of the dough out a bit.
  6. Cover the pan with plastic wrap lightly sprayed with cooking spray and let the dough rise in a warm place until it has just barely crowned over the rim of the pan, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. When you look at the rim of the pan from eye level, you should see the dough, but it shouldn't be more than about 1/4" over the rim. 
  7. While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 400°F.
  8. Remove the cover and bake the bread for 22 to 27 minutes, until it's golden brown.
  9. Remove the bread from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before turning the bread out of the pan and onto a rack to cool. Let the bread cool completely before slicing.

Notes

  • To coat the sides of the loaf pan with cornmeal, I just tossed in about a 1/4 of cornmeal and tilted the pan and tapped the sides until the inside was thoroughly coated.
  • If you are using an instant-read thermometer to check your bread’s doneness, you will want to watch for an interior temperature of 190°F.

Adapted from King Arthur Flour

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Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1 slice
Amount Per Serving Calories 212Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 2mgSodium 313mgCarbohydrates 36gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 5g

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Ellen

Monday 23rd of May 2022

I just made this bread the second time and it is consistently good and easy to make. It is fast becoming my regular go to recipe. It is substantial enough to make a good sandwich as well as a breakfast bread. No fail and baker friendly its by far my favorite.

Jamie

Wednesday 25th of May 2022

So glad you love this recipe, Ellen! Thanks so much for stopping by to share your feedback! Happy baking! -Jamie

Loralee

Saturday 23rd of April 2022

I can’t wait to try this bread! Was also wondering if it could be made with gluten free flour?

Jamie

Tuesday 26th of April 2022

Hello! I haven’t attempted this recipe with this substitution, so I am not sure of the result. If you happen to give it a try, I’d love to know how it turned out. Thanks so much for stopping by. -Jamie

Tina

Tuesday 19th of April 2022

Would it work with almond milk? I never buy dairy milk anymore.

Jamie

Thursday 21st of April 2022

Hello! I haven’t attempted this recipe with this substitution, but it should work fine. If you happen to give it a try, I’d love to know how it turned out. Thanks so much for stopping by. -Jamie

Mishaal

Saturday 29th of June 2019

My baby sis was bored and wanted to bake something. This recipe is so easy I got her to bake this bread and it turned out perfect. The smell when it came out of the oven, had me. Loved it, would definitely try it again.

Jamie

Tuesday 9th of July 2019

So happy to hear you enjoyed the bread, Mishaal! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie

AS

Thursday 2nd of November 2017

Hi. I follow you in Facebook. Big fan of your page. I am a beginner. I wanted to try this recipe. What's the amount in grams of flour and ml in liquids like milk or water that you use? Thank you so much. 

Jamie

Sunday 5th of November 2017

Hello! Thanks so much for following along on Facebook. I currently do not post those measurements, but it's something we are looking into for the future. Jamie

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