English Muffin Loaf & Croutons

Wendy Rusch


I came across this English Muffin Loaf in an old church cookbook. So I had to try, as I just love english muffin bread! Toasted with butter and a yummy jam! :o)
It is wonderful! Better than store bought of course, you know, because you made it yourself! lol And its easy...you don't need to be a bread maker to be able to make this!!!
I had about half a loaf sitting here and decided I needed some croutons for my tomato soup. So I whipped some up too!!! YUMMMMM

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2 pkg
yeast or 4 1/2 tsp
2 Tbsp
2 tsp
sea salt
1/2 tsp
baking soda
5 1/2 - 6 c
bread flour
2 c
whole or 2% milk
1/2 c
1/4 c


3/4 c
raisins or craisins
1 c
1 tsp


Directions Step-By-Step

Grease or spray 2 - 8x4 loaf pans then sprinkle with 1/2 the cornmeal making a light coating in each pan. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together yeast, sugar, salt, soda and 3 c of flour, set aside.

In a small sauce pan, heat together milk and water to 120 degrees. Can be done in the microwave too.

Add wet ingredients to dry and beat well. Stir in remaining flour to make a stiff batter. Evenly divide batter between prepared pans. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise 45 minutes.

At 30 minutes turn on oven, preheating to 400 degrees. When preheated, sprinkle loaves with remaining cornmeal then bake loaves for 25 minutes. Remove from oven, remove loaves from pans right away to cooling racks.
To Add Raisins: Before you start anything. Place raisins and water into a glass bowl, microwave 3 minutes. Let stand at least 15 minutes. Drain. Set aside.
Continue with Step 1. In step 2, add cinnamon when you add salt. Add raisins in step 3 when you add remaining flour. Continue per directions.
To Make Croutons: Cut 1/2-3/4 loaf of muffin loaf into 1" cubes, place in a large bowl. Melt 1/2 c butter in a skillet over medium heat until butter browns and starts to foam, it will have a nutty smell. Remove from heat. Stir in 2 cloves of minced garlic, 1/4 tsp sea salt and a few turns of the pepper mill. Pour over cubes and toss to coat. Dump onto a 10x15 pan covered in foil. Bake at 375 for 6 minutes, flip croutons and bake another 5-7 minutes. Toss onto soups or salads. Or use for snack YUM

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Muffins, Other Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American