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Homemade English Muffin Bread With Apricot Butter
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English muffin bread with homemade apricot butter is the perfect breakfast, snack or side option. Crisp toasted bread slathered in velvety sweet apricot butter is the perfect combination to round out any meal.
If you’re a fan of the classic English muffin, then you’re in for a treat. Imagine the irresistible aroma and taste of freshly toasted English muffins, but in the form of a loaf of bread. Then topped with a delicious velvety apricot butter.
Yes, you read that right! In this blog post, we’ll dive into the world of homemade English muffin bread and show you both the English muffin bread recipe and the apricot butter recipe.
Why Choose English Muffin Bread?
With its iconic nooks and crannies, delightful texture, and toasty flavor, this bread is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or anytime you’re craving a slice of warm, buttered goodness.
English muffin bread offers the best of both worlds: the convenience of a loaf of bread and the unique texture and flavor reminiscent of toasted English muffins.
The secret lies in its dough, which is rich in yeast and has a higher hydration level compared to traditional bread. This combination creates those signature nooks and crannies that perfectly capture butter, jams, or any toppings you desire.
The Homemade English Muffin Bread Recipe:
Let’s dive into a simple yet delicious recipe for homemade English muffin bread that will have your kitchen smelling amazing and your taste buds dancing with joy.
all-purpose flour: just regular all purpose flour works.
instant yeast: I like to use an active dry yeast.
granulated sugar: helps to activate the yeast.
teaspoons salt: I use kosher salt.
baking soda: also used for leavening purposes.
warm milk (around 110°F or 43°C): make sure the milk is warm. If it is too hot it will kill your yeast. If the milk is cold it wont activate it properly.
Cornmeal, for dusting
How To Make English Muffin Bread:
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, instant yeast, sugar, salt, and baking soda. Mix well.
Gradually pour in the warm milk while stirring with a wooden spoon or using a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment.
Knead the dough for about 5 minutes until it becomes smooth, elastic, and slightly sticky. If using a stand mixer, knead on medium-low speed.
Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan and sprinkle the bottom with cornmeal to prevent sticking.
Transfer the dough into the prepared loaf pan, smoothing the top with wet hands or a wet spatula.
Sprinkle additional cornmeal on top of the dough, covering it lightly.
Cover the pan loosely with a clean kitchen towel and let it rise in a warm place for approximately 45-60 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) during the last 10 minutes of the rising time.
Bake the bread for about 25-30 minutes or until it turns golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
Remove the bread from the pan and place it on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.
Apricot butter is the perfect topping for this delicious bread. It’s slightly sweet, super velvety and makes for the perfect compound butter for any bread or toast.
Serve this butter on top of the English muffin bread or use it on top of pork chops or in grilled cheese!
Freeze the leftovers so you can have this delicious butter for up to 6 months.
Other Serving Suggestions:
Of course I love the apricot jam as my favorite serving option you can try some of these other options as well!
Once your homemade English muffin bread is ready, it’s time to enjoy it to the fullest. Here are a few serving suggestions to make the most of this delightful treat:
Toasted Perfection: Slice the bread and toast it until golden brown. Spread it with butter, jams, or your favorite spreads.
Breakfast Sandwich: Create a hearty breakfast sandwich by layering slices of English muffin bread with crispy bacon, a fried egg, and a slice of cheese.
French Toast: Turn your English muffin bread into a delicious French toast by dipping thick slices into a mixture of beaten eggs, milk, and a touch of vanilla. Cook on a griddle until golden and serve with maple syrup and fresh berries.
Bruschetta Bites: Slice the bread, toast it, and top with fresh tomato bruschetta.
Other Bread Recipes:
If you are a bread lover like I am try these delicious bread recipes.