I have an arsenal of bread recipes at my disposal, some are my own, others come from friends, books, and the interwebs. The bread I am sharing with you today is from the 1977 edition of Better Homes and Gardens Homemade Bread Cook Book.
I’ve made this bread several times and not once has it disappointed. It’s a no frills, rustic loaf that is well suited for jam and toast or grilled sandwiches; my most recent favorite is tofurkey, leeks, and Daiya cheddar cheese. When steam-baked it develops a wonderful crusty exterior and dense chewy interior.
English Muffin Bread
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp active dry yeast
1 Tbsp raw sugar
1-1/4 cups warm water
3/4 Tsp salt
In a large bowl combine flour and yeast, set aside. In a medium sauce pan heat water, sugar, and salt until warm (115-120°) stirring to dissolve sugar. Add wet ingredients to dry mixture, stir until a soft dough forms. Shape into a ball and place in a lightly greased bowl, turning once. Cover and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Gently press dough down; cover and allow to rise for an additional 10 minutes.
Grease a 1-quart casserole dish and sprinkle with cornmeal. Place dough in casserole and sprinkle top with cornmeal. Cover, let rise ’til doubled in size (40 minutes) and bake at 400°F for 40-45 minutes. If the top begins to brown too quickly tent with aluminum foil. Place loaf on a wire rack and allow to cool completely before slicing.
Images and content copyright © 2009-2012 Danielle R Limoge. Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Homemade Bread Cook Book