Happy Harry Potter week... aka it's HP's birthday on Thursday and I'm a super big nerd so all of my recipes this week will connect to Harry Potter.
Besides all of the recipes having to do with Harry Potter, they are also all absolutely delicious and things you should make right away.
At the Weasley home they often had the classic bread and butter. Since HP is in the UK it's only fitting that we have English muffins.
Therefore, this Actually and Surprisingly Easy English Muffin Bread is perfect to share with you today.
I've made it several times. It's so so easy to make and everyone loves it. We eat this bread for breakfast all the time. I mean, hello, it's English muffin bread so it tastes absolutely amazing toasted with butter melting into its deliciousness just like English muffins. Doesn't everyone love warm toasted English Muffins? Jam (this one is so easy) is also delicious and oh so fabulous with this bread.
This bread, b/c it's homemade and looks oh so fancy, is also delicious at dinner. It's a bread for all occasions.
You can pretty much enjoy this English Muffin Bread with butter for dinner, or toasted for breakfast. Even using two slices for peanut butter and jelly lunch would be amazing, or to make grilled cheese. Oh the possibilities are endless.
Did I mention this English muffin bread is super super easy and simple to make. Give this one a shot, even if bread intimidates you.
Think of the Weasley's when you sit down to enjoy this English Muffin bread all toasted and delicious!
Actually Easy Homemade English Muffin Bread
Recipe: Alohamora slightly adapted from One Good Thing
Active Time: 20 minutes
Inactive Time: 3 hours
Servings: 2 large (9x5) loaves
2 3/4 c. warm water
3 1/2 tsp active yeast .
1 Tbsp salt
1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
5 1/2 c. bread flour (though all-purpose unbleached works as well)
- In a large bowl or stand mixer add the ingredients in the order listed.
- Mix all ingredients together with the dough hook (regular paddles will work too) until the dough is mostly smooth.
- Lift up the mixer hook/beater and cover the bowl with a towel. Let the dough rise for about an hour until the dough reaches about two-thirds up the bowl.
- With a baking spray, grease two large loaf pans (9x5).
- Split the dough in half and place each half in the two pans. Gently knead aka push the dough down while the dough is in the pan.
- Again, cover the two pans with a kitchen towel and let it rise for another hour or until the dough reaches the top of the pans. I have faster rising times when my house is warmer, so take the time of year or temperature of your home in consideration when planning rising times.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Remove the towel, and place the bread pans into the oven for 30-35 minutes or until the bread is golden brown.
- During the last 5 or 10 minutes use a basting brush to spread a 1/2 tablespoon of melted butter onto the two loaves.
- Take the bread out of the oven and allow it to cool for at least 15 minutes before turning it onto a cooling rack and removing the pan. The bread will be moist. Let it cool completely before cutting.
- Enjoy this bread as toast with butter or with whatever toppings you want.
- Store leftovers in a ziploc bag on the counter. You can freeze this bread as well.
Happy delicious and ridiculously easy homemade from scratch English Muffin Bread eating for breakfast, lunch, or dinner just like Harry Potter did at the Weasley home.