English Muffin Bread

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This English Muffin Bread recipe gives the perfect toasting bread with the famous air pockets for your melted butter! it makes 4 loaves so plenty to freeze or give to neighbors!

white tray with a loaf of English muffin bread with two slices cut off and buttered

Back in my bakery-owning days, this English Muffin Bread was far and away the best selling item we made. I only made it twice a week, but when we posted that it was fresh and on the shelves, we always saw an immediate rush of people and it would sell out quickly!

And once those days were behind me, I fielded emails for the next few years with old customers asking for the recipe. I don’t blame them one bit because it is that good! I’ve even given it away as gifts wrapped in a pretty tea towel.

So I figured it was time to share the recipe publicly, so even more people can enjoy it. Fortunately, it makes quite a big batch at 4 loaves, but don’t be intimidated by that amount. Our family of four always freezes two loaves and keeps two loaves out. We go through it in no time!

No-Knead Bread Recipe

Aside from the end result, the best thing about this recipe is that it doesn’t require you to knead the dough. In fact, every step of this recipe is about as easy as can be.

You just dump all of your ingredients into one bowl, mix well, scoop into well greased loaf pans, rise and bake! That’s it! There are no steps involved with letting the yeast foam or mixing for a certain number of minutes or double rise or any of that other nonsense.

This no-knead bread recipe is as simple as can be!! And there are only 5 ingredients total (if we don’t include water)!

You will need a very large bowl since we’re making 4 loaves worth of bread, there’s A LOT of flour!

Ingredients for English Muffin Bread

  • 5.5 cups warm water
  • 6 3/4 teaspoon yeast
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 11 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter

In a very large bowl, mix all of your ingredients (except the butter) together with a large wooden spoon. Your batter will be sticky and a little stringy as it tries to cling to the spoon.

Take 4 loaf pans and grease them really well then evenly divide the batter among the pans. Cover the pans with either greased plastic wrap or a tea towel and place in a warm area of your kitchen to rise.

2 large loaf pans and 4 small loaf pans filled with English muffin bread batter

You want it to rise until the dough reaches the tops of the pans. Mine usually takes about an hour for this step.

Then preheat your oven to 350 degrees and bake for about 35 minutes or until they’re golden on top. Melt your butter and brush over the tops of each loaf of bread. Return to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes.

Now this next step is very important because I know how good warm bread is… I KNOW!! You’re going to want to slice it immediately and enjoy it fresh from the oven.

But you really need to let English Muffin Bread cool completely before slicing it. It keeps cooking after you take it out of the oven and as it cools it forms those delicious little pockets that English Muffins are famous for.

If you try to slice it while it’s still hot, it will just “gum up” on the knife and push into itself. That’s probably the worst description ever, but just trust me that you’ll get fluffier slices if you wait until it’s cool!

white tray with a whole loaf of English Muffin Bread and a white and navy striped towel under it

Tips for English Muffin Bread

Can You Freeze Bread? Yep, and we do it pretty much every single time with this recipe (unless we choose to give the extra loaves away). Just wrap the cooled loaf in plastic wrap and store in freezer until you’re ready to use.

Can You Make Small Loaves of Bread? Yes! If you want to use a small loaf pan, bake for about 25 minutes then remove and brush with melted butter and return to the oven for another 5-10 minutes or until golden brown.

How do You Serve English Muffin Bread? Toasted… the answer is always toasted. It just really isn’t the same if you don’t toast it. You can either put slices in a regular toaster or use your toaster oven. Once it’s toasted, I love it with either butter spread on, homemade fruit preserves or sometimes both!

upclose shot of two slices of English Muffin Bread with butter on them

white tray with a loaf of English muffin bread with two slices cut off and buttered
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English Muffin Bread

A delicious toasting bread filled with nooks and crannies for your melted butter! This batch makes 4 loaves and is easy to freeze!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: English Muffin Bread
Servings: 4 loaves
Calories: 1468kcal
Author: Natalie Dixon

Ingredients

  • 5.5 cups Warm Water
  • 7 tsp Yeast
  • 2 Tbsp. Salt
  • 3 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 11 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 4 Tbsp. Butter melted

Instructions

  • Spray 4 loaf pans with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In an extra-large mixing bowl, add warm water. Sprinkle yeast over water and let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Add salt, sugar and flour and mix until well combined. Divide dough evenly among prepared bread loaf pans. Cover pans and let rise in a warm place until dough reaches top of pans. 
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for about 35 minutes until the bread is a golden brown. Brush the tops with melted butter and bake for an additional 10 minutes. 

Notes

I have also baked these in mini loaf pans for about 25 minutes before brushing the tops with melted butter and baking an additional 5-10 minutes. 
To freeze, let the loaf of bread cool completely and then wrap in plastic wrap. Place entire loaf in a freezer bag and remove all air before sealing. 

Nutrition

Calories: 1468kcal | Carbohydrates: 282g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 2987mg | Potassium: 568mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 369IU | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 16mg

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Beth
    August 19, 2020 at 9:15 am

    I made this..my sister ate an entire loaf! I plan to put loaves in baskets with home made jam for Christmas.

    • Reply
      admin
      August 31, 2020 at 1:50 am

      I love hearing that! It’s so surprisingly good! I’ve given it out in Easter baskets before too. Love the idea of adding homemade jam!

  • Reply
    Lori Citro
    August 26, 2020 at 6:52 am

    I made this and it turned out great!

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