Recipe English Muffin Toasting Bread


Nosh 'n' Splosh
Staff member
15 Jul 2019
Local time
8:05 PM
Ohio, US
Makes 2 loaves

Butter, for the pans and plastic wrap
Cornmeal, for the pans
5 cups bread flour*
4 1/2 teaspoons instant or rapid-rise yeast
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups whole milk, heated to 120°F (49°C)

Butter two 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pans and dust them with cornmeal.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, yeast, sugar, salt, and baking soda. Stir in the hot milk until combined, about 1 minute.

Cover the dough with a piece of generously buttered plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm place until the dough is bubbly and has doubled in volume, 30 to 45 minutes. The dough will be pretty sticky and airy and moist, almost more like a batter than a typical bread dough. Don’t worry.

Using a buttered rubber spatula, gently stir the dough. Pour half the dough into 1 prepared loaf pan and use the spatula to hold back the rest of the dough, then scrape it into the second prepared loaf pan. Gently push the dough into the corners of the pans. (Each pan should be about 2/3 full.) If desired, dust the top of the loaves with cornmeal. Cover the pans with buttered plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm place until the loaves reach the top edges of the pans, about 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Adjust an oven rack to the middle position.

Discard the plastic and transfer the pans to the oven. Bake until the bread is well browned and registers 200°F (93°C), about 30 minutes, gently rotating and switching the pans halfway through baking. (If you’re using ceramic loaf pans instead of metal loaf pans, the timing may be more like 40 to 50 minutes.) The loaves may seem to deflate in the center, but don’t panic, that’s okay. This is a soft-batter bread, so the bread doesn’t rise the same as a regular bread does, and the loaves will come out flat on top.

Turn the loaves onto a wire rack and let cool completely, about 1 hour. Slice, toast, and slather with butter.

Recipe courtesy of America's Test Kitchen


12 May 2020
Local time
8:05 PM
Akron, OH
I like the idea of the baking soda. I wonder if that helps with the nooks and crannies? Your loaf looked like it had nice nooks and crannies. Maybe this dough with the stovetop method for muffins would work? And buttermilk instead of milk, lol. I might cut the recipe in 1/4 and give it a try, maybe next week.
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