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My Personal Review: This bread is beautiful and easy to make with a short rise time and no second rise or knead. The original recipe from King Arthur Flour is called "English Muffin Toasting Bread" but, sorry - I don't see, nor taste that "English Muffin" effect...This is superb for toast and sandwiches or even a grilled cheese. It is a plain bread but, soft and quick to bake (no need for a dough hook on your mixer either!) I can't wait to test out adding in raisins and a swirl of cinnamon into this to see what the results would be (I'll keep you updated)
Being plain isn't a 'bad' thing, it's just different then other breads I've baked which were sweeter. I will definitely be making this again weekly and not worry about buying sandwich bread at the store. I personally would rather call this "sandwich bread" that makes excellent toast. ~Enjoy! Diane
English Muffin Toasting Bread
1) Whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and instant yeast in a large mixing bowl.
2) Combine the milk, water, and oil in a separate, microwave-safe bowl, and heat to between 120°F and 130°F. Be sure to stir the liquid well before measuring its temperature; you want an accurate reading. If you don't have a thermometer, the liquid will feel quite hot (hotter than lukewarm), but not so hot that it would be uncomfortable as bath water.
3) Pour the hot liquid over the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl.
4) Beat at high speed for 1 minute. The dough will be very soft.
5) Lightly grease an 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" loaf pan, and sprinkle the bottom and sides with cornmeal.
6) Scoop the soft dough into the pan, leveling it in the pan as much as possible.
7) Cover the pan, and let the dough rise till it's just barely crowned over the rim of the pan. When you look at the rim of the pan from eye level, you should see the dough, but it shouldn't be more than, say, 1/4" over the rim. This will take about 45 minutes to 1 hour, if you heated the liquid to the correct temperature and your kitchen isn't very cold. While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 400°F.
8) Remove the cover, and bake the bread for 22 to 27 minutes, till it's golden brown and its interior temperature is 190°F.
9) Remove the bread from the oven, and after 5 minutes turn it out of the pan onto a rack to cool. Let the bread cool completely before slicing.
Yield: 1 loaf.
Recipe by: King Arthur Flour
Photo and Review by: Diane Baker for Canning and Cooking at Home
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