Monday, December 20, 2010

English Muffin Bread

I know, sounds crazy doesn't it? English muffins are, by definition.. well, not in loaf form anyway. But this loaf is decidedly English muffiny and lovely toasted up with your favourite big breakfast affair. Which, of course, should never be limited to the morning. There is something decidedly decadent about eggs and bacon and potatoes and English muffin bread.. for dinner.

Also, who has the energy in the morning to cook all that? Not me. My kids realize that if I promise a fancy breakfast.. they won't see it before noon. It's just the way I roll, back to bed. Not a morning person.
Zzzzzzz.....

This month we will be baking English muffin bread. As the name implies, this bread toasts up just like an English muffin and is made to be enjoyed with butter and jam.
The basic recipe was inspired by King Arthur Flour.

English Muffin Bread
December's Bread of the Month at the Artisan Bread Bakers group. 

Ingredients:

• 3 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 tablespoon sugar
• 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
• 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 tablespoon instant yeast
• 1 cup milk
• 1/4 cup water
• 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
• cornmeal, to sprinkle in pan

Directions:

1) Whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and yeast in a large mixing bowl.
2) Combine the milk, water, and oil in a separate, microwave-safe bowl, and heat to between 120°F and 130°F. The liquid should be hotter than lukewarm, but not so hot that it would scald you.
3) Pour the hot liquid over the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl.
4) Beat at high speed for 1 minute, or mix thoroughly with a dough whisk or sturdy spoon. The dough will be very soft.
5) Lightly grease an 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" loaf pan, and sprinkle the bottom and sides with cornmeal.
6) Scrape the dough into the pan, leveling it in the pan as much as possible.
7) Cover the pan, and let the dough rise till it's just barely crowned over the rim of the pan, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. When the dough is almost finished rising, preheat the oven to 400°F.
8) Remove the cover, and bake the bread for 20 to 22 minutes, until it is golden brown and its interior temperature is 190°F.
9) Remove the bread from the oven, and after 5 minutes turn it out of the pan onto a rack to cool. Let the bread cool completely before slicing.

Makes 1 loaf

This bread has been Yeastspotted!