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English muffin bread served with butter and jam, cinnamon sugar, or eggs benedict

English Muffin Loaf Bread

This simple recipe has all of the nooks and crannies of an English muffin without all of the work. Plus, it works great in place of regular sandwich bread too! Adapted from The Bread Baker's Apprentice, by Peter Reinhart.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Rising TIme 40 mins
Total Time 4 hrs
Course Bread
Servings 2 Loaves

Ingredients
  

By Metric Weight - Recommended

  • 30 grams Water
  • 14 grams Yeast - 7 grams = 1 packet
  • 30 grams Sugar
  • 57 grams Butter
  • 480 grams Buttermilk - see note for substitute
  • 750 grams Flour
  • 10 grams Salt

Buttermilk Substitute

  • 435 grams Milk
  • 45 grams Lemon Juice or Vinegar

By U.S. Volume

  • 2 tablespoons Water
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons Yeast - 2 1/4 tsp = 1 packet
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar
  • 4 tablespoons Butter - melted
  • 2 cups Buttermilk - see note for substitute
  • 5 - 6 cups Flour - start with 5 cups and add until dough is tacky, but not sticky
  • 1 teaspoon Salt

Buttermilk Substitute

  • 1 3/4 cups Milk
  • 1/4 cup Lemon Juice or Vinegar

Instructions
 

  • Combine water, yeast, and sugar in a small bowl. Set aside until yeast becomes foamy.
  • If substituting the buttermilk, mix your milk and lemon juice together and set aside to thicken.
  • Combine the yeast mixture with 5 cups flour, salt, butter, and buttermilk or substitute until the dough forms a ball.
  • Knead the dough for 10 minutes. The dough is the right consistency when it feels sticky to the touch, but your finger comes off clean. If it is too sticky, then add a little more flour.
  • Transfer to an oiled bowl, cover, and let rise 60-90 minutes, until doubled.
  • Divide dough in half and place in greased loaf pans. Cover and let rise another 60-90 minutes, until doubled again.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, turn, and bake for another 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  • Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
  • Slice and enjoy!
Keyword Sandwich Bread