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