English Muffin Bread With Variations (Microwave)

Recipe by duonyte
READY IN: 42mins
SERVES: 12
YIELD: 1 loaf
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Place warm water in large warm bowl. Sprinkle in yeast; stir until dissolved. Stir in warm milk, sugar, salt, and baking soda. Gradually stir in enough flour to make soft dough.
  • Grease well a 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches microwave-safe loaf pan; sprinkle with cornmeal. Place batter in pan; sprinkle with additional cornmeal. To let rise, microwave uncovered, on MEDIUM (50% power) for 1 minute. Let rest 10 minutes. Repeat microwaving and resting 1 or 2 times, until doubled in size. (Or just cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled - obviously this will take a bit longer).
  • To bake, microwave on HIGH (100% power) for 4 to 6 minutes or until top is no longer moist. Let stand 5 minutes in pan. Remove from pan; let cool on wire rack. Slice and toast to serve.
  • Caution: Recipe developed for 650 watt microwave oven. If yours is stronger, shorten the time. You can always add time, you cannot subtract it. To adjust times, find the power setting on your microwave that most closely matches 650 and 325 (the 50%) settings. For example, if your microwave is 1200 watts, 50% is 600, closest to 650 - you might add a little time. 30% power is 360, no adjustments in time should be necessary.
  • Whole Wheat: Substitute 1 cup whole wheat flour for all-purpose flour. Proceed as above.
  • Cinnamon-Date: Add 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon along with baking soda; blend well. Stir in 1/2 cup chopped or snipped pitted dates, along with flour. Proceed as above.
  • Orange-Nut: Add 1 tbsp grated orange peel along with baking soda; blend well. Stir in 1/2 cup chopped toasted blanched almonds along with flour. Proceed as above. (I actually like pecans better).
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