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Microwave English Muffin Bread

Recipe can be doubled. Bake one pan at a time. 
Course Bread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Author Rosie's Kitchen

Ingredients

  • Butter and cornmeal for pan
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose unbleached, or part whole wheat flour (see variations below)
  • 1 pkg active dry yeast .25 oz., undissolved
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup milk 2% or whole
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  • See suggestions for flavor variations below
  • Grease an 8-1/2 x 4-1/2-inch glass loaf pan. Sprinkle bottom and sides with cornmeal; set aside.
  • Combine 2 cups of the flour, yeast, sugar, salt and baking soda in a large bowl. Stir well.
  • Combine milk and water in a 2-cup glass measuring cup. Microwave about 1 minute on high until warm to the touch (105°F-110°F). Add to the dry ingredients with choice of nuts, dried fruit or cheese if desired; stir well.
  • Stir in remaining 3/4 cup flour, to make a stiff moist dough. Transfer to prepared pan.
  • Cover with a dry towel and let rise in a warm place 45-60 minutes, or until it reaches nearly to the top of the pan. Microwave on high power 7 to 8 minutes. Bread will not brown but will rise a little more and top will be dry. If you have an instant read thermometer, center should be at least 200F.
  • Let rest 5 minutes in pan. Run a knife around edge and turn out. Cool completely before slicing about 1/2-inch thick.

Notes

Variations:
Whole Wheat or White: 
Use about 1:1  white and whole wheat flour. The recipe is flexible; use a little more or less whole wheat if you like. And try rye too!
Dried Fruit & Nut:  Your choice of about 1/3 cup raisins, dried cherries, currants, diced apricots and 1/4 cup chopped nuts.
Orange & Walnut with Golden Raisins:  Add 1 tablespoon grated orange zest, 1/3 cup golden raisins and 1/4 cup chopped walnuts.
Cheddar Cheese:  Add 3/4 cup (3 oz.) shredded Cheddar cheese.
Sour Cream & Chive:
  Replace 1/4 cup of the milk with 1/4 cup sour cream; add 1-1/2 tablespoons minced fresh chives or freeze-dried.
Garlic:  Add 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder and 1 tablespoon chopped parsley.
Recipe adapted from Fleischmann's Yeast and shared with me from Wolf Appliance.