This month the What's Baking? challenge is from Lindsay at Peace, Love, and French Fries who challenged us to make something with yeast. I know many people fear yeast but I've been working with it for several years and actually enjoy using it now. Besides, there is nothing quite like the smell of fresh baked bread. All of the work put into making homemade bread is totally worth it once the fragrance of the bread begins wrapping itself around the house. While there is little more that I enjoy then a fresh, hot piece of bread topped with butter, it's a long process and I usually just don't have the time to make it.
That's not the case with this bread. There is no kneading involved; simply mix the ingredients together, cover, and let rise. Once the dough has risen you then transfer it to a loaf pan and allow it to rise again. I didn't even get my hands dirty making this loaf of bread. While it doesn't rise as much as a traditional loaf of bread, it is still a nice size and has a fluffy, soft inside. It makes a tasty grilled cheese sandwich and is especially good toasted. I've made it three times in the past week because of how easy and delicious it is.
English Muffin Bread (slightly adapted from One Good Thing by Jillee)
1 1/2 c. warm water
1 package yeast
1 t. salt
1 t. sugar
2 3/4 c. flour
2 T. melted butter, divided
1. In a large bowl mix the water, yeast, salt, sugar, flour, and one tablespoons of butter. Mix until just combined. Cover with a towel and allow to rise for 1 1/2 hours.
2. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray. Using a spoon transfer the risen dough to the loaf pan. Cover with a towel and allow to rise for an additional hour.
3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put the bread in the oven and bake for 40 minutes.
4. Remove the bread from the oven and brush with the remaining tablespoon of butter. Return to the oven and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
5. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack. Let cook completely before cutting.
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