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- 5 cups all-purpose flour, divided
- 2 packages active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups skim milk, warmed
- 1⁄2 cup water
- to taste cornmeal
- In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups flour, yeast, sugar, salt and baking soda.
- Add warm milk and water; beat on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl occasionally.
- Beat on high for 3 minutes.
- Stir in remaining flour (batter will be stiff.) DO NOT KNEAD.
- Spray with cooking spray two 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2" loaf pans.
- Sprinkle pans with cornmeal.
- Spoon batter into the pans and sprinkle cornmeal on top.
- Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
- Bake at 375 for 35 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove from pans immediately and cool on wire racks.
- Slice and toast.
- NOTES : If desired wrap 1 loaf in foil and freeze.
This recipe is exactly what I was looking for. I was able to substitute 1/2 of the flour with whole wheat flour, without turning the loaves heavy. The only other change I made was to add an additional 1/8 tsp. soda, as I wanted to make sure it turned out with lots of "holes". Super easy and not at all difficult - used my kitchen aid stand mixer.
English muffin bread...as Gomer Pyle would say, "Well, Surprise, Surprise!" . Okay, laugh cuz it burns calories. Great bread!
My mixer's bowl may not have been large enough as the first mixture with only 2 cups of flour and the liquid ended up all over the sides and base of the mixer lol! But, having added the third cup before continuing to beat the mixture, order was restored without any harm to the recipe as the loaves turned out lovely. This is most definitely the best bread for toast, in my opinion - a lovely chewy centre with holes to soak up your spread of choice, and a really crispy, crunchy outer crust - heavenly!