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Easy English Muffin Bread Recipe

Row of sliced english muffin bread

Do yourself a favor and add this English muffin bread recipe to your repertoire! Bake up a few loaves, slice, toast, butter and enjoy! We love having this with soups and for breakfast. You can turn it into breakfast sandwiches, serve along side eggs, or simply enjoy spread with your choice of toppings.

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I’ve made traditional English muffins before and they are delicious but I’m all about saving steps and therefore saving time! Those minutes add up when we are taking care of our kiddos and trying to get all the things done. That’s where this bread comes it. English muffins without the shaping, griddling, flipping and all that.

Side note, have you ever wondered where English muffins came from? I was curious so I Googled. Wikipedia says that there were references to English muffins as early as 1850. But English muffins were “officially” invented in New York by a man who moved there from England and started his own bakery! This man was Samuel Bath Thomas. Ever heard of Thomas English muffins? Yep, that’s him!

Now, back to this English muffin bread recipe!

This recipe has ingredients you should have on hand. Flour, yeast, sugar, salt, milk, water, and baking soda (to help with the holes in the bread).

This dough is very sticky, it will not be like a traditional bread dough, so don’t add too much flour! You dump it into the pans and spread the dough out.

English muffin bread batter in the pans

See the stickiness of that dough?!

You will need to make sure you have prepared your pans properly, besides you need cornmeal for the traditional English muffin look! I used my USA pans (this set of 4 mini pans), spread with a little butter and sprinkled the bottom and sides with cornmeal. If you want, you could also sprinkle a little on the top before baking.

I like making this in 4 small loaf pans, but you could also do it in 2 regular sized ones. If you don’t use USA pans be sure you butter and cornmeal really well!
A great thing about this English muffin bread is that it comes together quickly! Hooray! I pull out my stand mixer and use the paddle attachment but the dough is soft enough that you can easily make it in a large mixing bowl using a wooden spoon.

Let’s get to the recipe! I hope you enjoy this as much as we do. Be sure to check out this recipe for Homemade French Bread as well – you will love it!

Sliced English muffin bread on a cutting board

English Muffin Bread

English Muffin Bread Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 5½ cups flour
  • 2 pkgs. yeast (1½ tablespoons)
  • 1 T. sugar
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 2 c. milk
  • ½ c. water
Instructions
  1. Measure 3 c. of flour, yeast, salt, sugar, soda into large bowl or stand mixer and mix. Have 2½ additional cups of flour ready.
  2. Heat liquids in pan on stove to 120-125 degrees.
  3. Add hot liquids to yeast/flour mixture. Beat vigorously with wooden spoon until mixture is very smooth, elastic, about 5 minutes or in the mixer using the paddle attachment for 3 minutes.
  4. Add remaining flour, continue beating until smooth. Divide into equal parts.
  5. Grease 2 pans and sprinkle with cornmeal. Put dough in pans. Pat top of loaves smooth with floured hands as well as you can. Let rise 45 minutes. (Covering with a tea towel - no plastic wrap because this dough is sticky!)
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.
  7. You can divide the dough into 4 parts and bake in 4 smaller pans - what I like to do, or use 2 regular sized bread pans.

Slice english muffin bread and a partial loaf sitting on a cutting board

 

Best Basic Pizza Dough Recipe

Almost every Friday night, you’ll find an oven blazing with a round baking stone heating up inside. Homemade pizzas were made weekly when I was growing up and we’ve continued the tradition.  Try this basic pizza dough recipe and join in the tradition!

Last week I shared some ways to make homemade pizza frugally so that even if you are on a budget you’ll still be able to enjoy pizza night and my sauce recipe is here. Today I have my basic pizza crust recipe and baking instructions for you!

two lumps of pizza dough. The best basic pizza dough recipe and tips for making a perfect pizza. This is amazing and so easy. You need this for your pizza night tradition!

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My number one tip for a successful homemade pizza: A baking stone! We have a 15 inch round stone from Pampered Chef. It has become well seasoned over the years and is well worth the investment. 

My second tip: Don’t roll all of the air bubbles out of the dough. I use a combination of stretching, tossing, and rolling. I like to use my mini pizza and pastry roller (one similar to this).

My third tip: Preheat the oven and the stone. Give it longer than when your oven says it’s ready. You want the stone good and hot.

My fourth tip: Use a high temperature. I turn the oven to 475 degrees.

I know crust thickness is somewhat a personal preference. This crust recipe fits a 15 inch stone. in a hand tossed/New York Style type of thickness. If you like super thin and crispy, cut the flour back. If you like your crust thicker, increase it to 2 3/4-3 cups. Don’t forget, this means the water amounts will change as well. Gradually add the water to the flour until you come up with the right dough consistency. The first time you make this, it will be a little bit of a guessing game. Simply tweak it the next time to your family’s preference.

I prefer to let this dough rise for several hours but when I’ve been in a rush I’ve made and used it after a short 15-30 minute resting period and it was still good.

We’ve also used part whole wheat flour and all whole wheat flour. This will change the texture slightly and you’ll end up using more water.

Now that we are a family of 5, I always double this basic pizza dough recipe. Use a full tablespoon of yeast in a double recipe.
Picture of a lump of pizza dough and a yummy cooked pizza. The best basic pizza dough recipe and tips for making a perfect pizza. This is amazing and so easy. You need this for your pizza night tradition!

Basic Pizza Dough Recipe

Homemade Pizza Crust
 
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar (optional, I no longer use)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • Scant tablespoon yeast
Instructions
Dough
  1. Place flour in mixer bowl.
  2. Top with salt, sugar, and yeast.
  3. Add water and oil. Should make a soft dough that isn't sticky at all.
  4. Knead until dough is smooth and elastic.
  5. Cover mixing bowl and let dough rise until at least doubled - a couple of hours. It's okay if it goes longer.
Preheat
  1. Thirty to sixty minutes before you are going to bake your pizza, preheat the oven and stone to 475 degrees.
Rolling the Dough
  1. Gently put the dough on a lightly floured surface.
  2. Next roll, stretch, and toss your dough into a 15 inch circle. When rolling, do it gently so not to deflate all of the air bubbles. I prefer to use my mini roller.
Topping
  1. Remove the stone from the oven and carefully carry and place the crust onto it.
  2. Spread with sauce of choice.
  3. Top with meats, vegetables, and cheese.
Bake
  1. Bake for 8-15 minutes.
  2. Cut and serve
Notes
I always double this recipe and simply use a full tablespoon of yeast.

 

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Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Chocolate banana oatmeal muffins. Don’t those just sound yummy?! But I suppose it’s hard to go wrong with a recipe that calls for cocoa powder and chocolate chips. Even better when it’s not horrible for you. 🙂

chocolate banana oatmeal muffins in tin and on a plate.

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We don’t always eat gluten free (<—- click there for a great list of gluten free recipes) but we have needed to on a few occasions. These muffins are a yummy treat the kids and I both enjoy (whether or not we are gluten free 🙂 ).

I don’t put much sweetener in my muffins and quick breads, but if your family is used to things pretty sweet just increase the sweetener a touch.


Because these chocolate banana oatmeal muffins are made with oat flour and rolled oats, the texture isn’t quite the same as traditional muffin. It is a cross between a muffin and baked oatmeal but they are quickly gobbled up by everyone in my house. They are great for breakfast or snack. Don’t tell my kids how healthy they are because they’ve even made an appearance for dessert.

They are also perfect freezer food. Cool completely after baking and freeze in a zipped storage bag. Thaw a short time and reheat slightly before eating. Yum!

baked chocolate banana oatmeal muffins in tin and a muffin split in half

I don’t like my muffins super big, (small size is slightly more kid friendly) so I make 12 regular muffins and 12 mini muffins. Use the longer baking times if you are making larger muffins.

Speaking of muffins, I have to share with you my favorite muffin pan. I discovered these last year and have fallen in love. Get this, I don’t need to grease the pans and everything has come out easily. I have the standard size and the mini pan.

Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Muffins


5.0 from 2 reviews
Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Muffins
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ C. honey (or use ¼-3/4 C. sugar)
  • 1 C. milk
  • 2 T. coconut oil or butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 t. vanilla
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 C. old fashioned rolled oats blended to oat flour
  • 1 C. old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • ¾ t. salt
  • ½ c. cocoa powder
  • ½ c. chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 (325 if dark coated pans)
  2. Combine honey/sugar, milk, fat, eggs, vanilla, and bananas.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Mix in oats, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Bake for 15-18 minutes for regular muffins or 10-11 minutes for mini muffins.

 

If you like this recipe, you might also be interested in these Gluten Free Oat Flour Banana Muffins that are also dairy free!

close up of chocolate banana oatmeal muffins in tin and on platechocolate banana oatmeal muffins stacked on napkin and in tin

Recipe adapted from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures

Homemade French Bread

 

Homemade french bread on cutting board

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Homemade bread. The entire house smells amazing throughout the baking process and by the time it’s done you are more than ready to devour the loaf. Thankfully, bread is one of the most budget friendly things you can make and, in my opinion, you can’t have too many varieties in your repertoire. This homemade french bread is definitely one you need.

French bread might sound intimidating, but it’s really quite easy. You’ll need to be home for a few hours to get the process done, but the hands on time is actually minimal. Your family will be excited you made the effort and ask for this bread again and again.

I pull out my trusty KitchenAid mixer for most all of my bread making jobs. The mixer even made my list of favorite kitchen appliances. Sure you could knead by hand but this saves me a lot of time (and man power).

After making the dough, you’ll dump it onto a floured surface were you will knead it every 10 minutes for the next hour.

Easy homemade french bread recipe

Next you’ll roll out the dough in a rectangle.

Easy homemade french bread recipe

Then roll the dough up on the long side (like you are making cinnamon rolls), tuck the ends under, and slash the top 4 times. This next step is optional – brush with some beaten egg white.

Easy homemade french bread recipe

The dough will rest a little longer and then you’ll get to enjoy the wonderful smell of your loaves baking!

This batch makes 2 small loaves or 1 large loaf. Feel free to double the recipe by simply doubling the all the ingredients except for the yeast. For the yeast use 1 1/2 Tablespoons.

For small loaves, I use my air bake cookies sheets. For a large loaf I have to use my half sheet pan.

Homemade French Bread

Homemade French Bread
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast (1½ T if doubling the recipe)
  • 1¼ cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1¼ teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil (I used olive oil)
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 egg white beaten, optional
Instructions
  1. Put yeast, warm water, and sugar in the stand mixer bowl. Let sit 5 minutes.
  2. Add salt, oil, and 2 cups of flour and mix together.
  3. Add remaining cup of flour and knead 3-5 minutes. The dough will be soft, but if it's overly sticky add a tablespoon or two more flour.
  4. Dump the kneaded dough out onto a floured surface. Every 10 minutes for the next hour knead it a couple of times.
  5. After the hour, divide the dough into two for small loaves or for a large/regular sized loaf don't divide.
  6. Roll dough into rectangles and roll up on the long side. Fold ends under.
  7. Place loaves on a baking sheet and slash the tops 4 times.
  8. Brush with beaten egg white (optional).
  9. Let raise for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
  10. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  11. Bake for 10 minutes at 425 and turn down the temperature to 375 for another 10-15 minutes.
  12. (If making the larger loaf, might need to increase the second baking time to 15-20 minutes).

Easy homemade french bread recipe

Delicious and easy homemade french bread! You'll make this all the time.

Oat Flour Pumpkin Muffins with Cranberries and Chocolate Chips

Delicious and healthy oat flour pumpkin muffins with cranberries and chocolate chips! So good and wheat free and refined sugar free. Great way to start your morning.

I love all things pumpkin. Well, except for pumpkin pie. But everything else, bring it on!

I have a Pinterest board all things pumpkin that I occasionally like to drool over. There are even some healthy recipes on it. For the most part, though, when pumpkin recipes come along they are loaded with sugar and not exactly health food. Those are good for desserts or a special occasion breakfast, but day to day, I hate to admit it, they probably shouldn’t be a part of my diet. (So sad.)

In an effort to get pumpkin into my day (and have a make ahead meal for breakfast) I put together these yummy oat flour pumpkin muffins with cranberries and chocolate chips.

That’s right, there’s no wheat in them at all and they have unrefined sweeteners (and not too much of it). I suppose, if you really wanted to, you could leave out the chocolate chips (or cranberries if you are my daughter. She thinks she doesn’t like them. Good thing my boy will eat them for her.) and they’ll be even healthier. Do so at your own risk. The chocolate is a yummy addition.

These can be made gluten and dairy free is you use appropriate milk, chocolate chips, and oats!

5.0 from 3 reviews
Cranberry Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins
 
Ingredients
  • 2¼ cups oat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • ⅓ cup milk (or dairy free milk)
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup cranberries, cut in half
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (325 for a dark coated pan)
  2. Combine oat flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and spices in a small bowls
  3. In another bowl combine pumpkin, eggs, vanilla, oil, honey, coconut sugar, and milk. Mix well until smooth.
  4. Gently stir oat mixture into the wet ingredients.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips and cranberries.
  6. Put batter into 12 greased muffin tins.
  7. Bake for 18 minutes.
Notes
- I make my own oat flour using old fashioned rolled oats and blend them in the blender until a powder.
- If you omit the chocolate chips, increase sweeteners.
- I cut the amount of both sweeteners in half when making for our family!
- Can use 2½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice instead of the spices.

 

Delicious and healthy oat flour pumpkin muffins with cranberries and chocolate chips! So good and wheat free and refined sugar free. Great way to start your morning.
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Cinnamon Breadsticks

 

Easy, gooey, and delicious cinnamon breadsticks! | Mmmm. These are just as good as the ones from the pizza buffet I loved growing up.

Cinnamon breadsticks. So good and easy I don’t know why I’ve never made them before. Every time (don’t worry, it wasn’t too often) we went out to a pizza buffet restaurant growing up they were one of my favorites and I ate entirely too many of them.

I recently recreated this recipes and you can go over to The Best Blog Recipes for the post. I want to try making them again using whole wheat flour and sucanat or coconut sugar on the top.

We are in the middle of a month of being wheat free. I’m surprised it hasn’t been harder because I LOVE good homemade bread. Probably the worst times is putting together these recipes that I made before we began. They make me hungry. This is one of those. Looking at the picture of these things is torture. You’ll have to make them and enjoy them for me.

Recently (well, over a month ago now) I decided I needed to try making Cinnamon Breadsticks myself. Surely it’s not that hard. I already had a killer dough recipe from my garlic breadsticks to start with. I’d just need to switch up the topping and change how I formed the dough a bit. We had a friend over for dinner – always the best way to test our new recipes. They were a home run! The adults enjoyed them as much as the three year old. Or almost as much. We had to cut my daughter off. She kept wanting more.

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Naan

Easy and delicious naan. One of my favorite breads. You can make it in on the grill or a skillet.

Here it is after being cooked on the grill.

I love breads. Naan might top the list for me. This stuff is good. I’ve been known on multiple occasion to go to an Indian restaurant and only order naan. On vacation one year, I saw in Indian option in a mall food court. Of course, I had to order naan. I don’t think the poor man could handle the thought of us sitting there eating plain naan and sent out a bowl of chicken curry as well.

Easy and delicious naan. One of my favorite breads. You can make it in on the grill or a skillet.

This is when it’s cooked in a skillet.

My naan isn’t going to be completely authentic (no tandoor oven in my house), but we enjoy it just the same! If you’ve never tried it, I hope you make this recipe and even stop in an Indian restaurant and give it a try the next time you are near one.

Naan tastes fabulous with my Butter Chicken recipe, as a wrap for a sandwich (I have a recipe next week for an Indian Spicy Chicken Sandwich), or even plain. Use the leftovers to make naan pizza the next night.

You can make this plain or add some garlic and make it even yummier.

4.7 from 3 reviews
Naan
Serves: 16 pieces
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3½ cups flour
  • Optional - 2 teaspoons finely minced garlic
  • 2-4 tablespoons melted butter
Instructions
  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water and let sit until frothy.
  2. Add milk, baking soda, egg (poke the yoke several times after you add it to the bowl), salt, sugar, and 1 cup of flour.
  3. Add enough of the reminder of the flour to make a soft dough. Knead until smooth and elastic.
  4. Cover bowl and let rise until double in size. (Around 1 hour)
  5. If adding garlic, knead into the dough now. (Can also add to just part of the dough)
  6. Divide dough into 16 balls, cover with a towel and allow to double in size. (Around 30 minutes)
  7. Roll each ball into a fairly thin circle.
  8. Preheat grill or skillet (stainless steel or cast iron) to medium high. Make sure it's good and hot.
  9. Before cooking, turn heat to medium low.
  10. To cook, brush one side of naan with butter. Put buttered side down onto grill or skillet. It should bubble up right away. Brush top side with butter. One side will be done in a minute or two.
  11. Watch carefully - you don't want to over cook. When the bottom is golden brown in spots, flip and cook the other side.
  12. When finished, remove and stack on a plate. Cover with a towel to keep warm until all the naan in finished.

 

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Garlic Breadsticks

Garlic breadsticks are amazing! We found this recipe in a magazine that’s no longer in print many years ago and they have become a family favorite. I’ve brought them to serve with supper with friends and they all love them as well.

Garlic Breadsticks that are easy and delicious!

Shape them as thick, thin, short or long as you’d like. It’s a great project to get the kids involved on. My daughter loves rolling snakes and shaping dough anytime we make something with yeast.

In the winter when my house is cool, I always allow for longer raising times or place in a warm location.

5.0 from 1 reviews
Garlic Breadsticks
 
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cup warm water
  • 1¼ Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1¼ Tablespoon sugar
  • 1¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3¼ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • Melted butter or oil
  • Garlic Salt
Instructions
  1. Place flour, salt, sugar, yeast, and olive oil in a bowl (or mixer bowl).
  2. Add the warm water an mix/knead until smooth.
  3. Cover bowl with a towel and raise for 30 minutes.
  4. Shape in to bread sticks.
  5. Raise 30 minutes.
  6. Brush with oil or melted butter.
  7. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.
  8. Remove and brush with oil or butter and sprinkle with garlic salt and return to oven for 2-5 more minutes.
  9. Taste best straight from the oven.
Notes
Makes around 16

 

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