A Day at the Beach and English Muffin Loaves
Posted By Susan On April 7, 2008 @ 10:00 am In Baking,Breads and Pizza,Recipes | 37 Comments
Every year around this time, there is a huge, two day arts and crafts fair out on Siesta Key 
, which is just a few blocks and a small bridge away from me. It’s affectionately called the Siesta Fiesta. All kinds of amazingly talented artists and craftsmen from all over the country congregate there, setting up booths to display their wares. Whatever you’re into, be it jewellry, paintings, sculpture, pottery, or handmade furniture, you will find it at the Siesta Fiesta. I love to go and walk around, take in the fresh sea air and shop like mad! That’s exactly what I did last Saturday.
The difference for me this year as opposed to past years, is that this time, I had a purpose. Now that I had my blog to think about, I was specifically looking for cool stuff that I could use for cooking as well as in my photographs. Unfortunately, I haven’t yet won the lottery, so I couldn’t buy everything I wanted to (and I wanted a lot!), but I did get some great stuff that I will be sharing with you, bit by bit, in the coming weeks.
My first find is the very thing that inspired me to make the recipe I’ve chosen for this post: English Muffin Loaves. Isn’t is beautiful? It’s a bread baking pot! This earthenware pot was crafted by Tom and Denise Chamberlain of Tom Chamberlain Pottery 
in Brooksville, Florida.
Tom started out as a potter thirty-five years ago after a stint as an art teacher. His wife, Denise enjoys cooking and baking and believes the whole purpose of pottery is for serving great food. Together, they create beautiful, and functional pieces that are equally at home in the oven or on display. All of their pottery is available for purchase on their website.
I had to find something special to make in my little bread pot. The first thing I thought of was my one of my favorite things in the world, No Knead bread 
. The problem with that was that I didn’t have any dough in the fridge and I didn’t want to have to wait a day for some to be ready. I wanted bread and I wanted it now! I remembered a recipe for an English muffin bread that I had seen months ago on Val’s site over at More Than Burnt Toast 
. Val is one of my favorite bloggers and her recipes are always sure to please! I had made this bread before and loved it. It has a soft, fluffy and slightly chewy crumb, with just enough “nooks and crannies” to really suck in any topping put on it. Perfect!
Val’s original recipe 
had grated cheddar cheese mixed into the dough. It also had a very short rising time, which meant I could be eating fresh, hot bread in just a few hours. I decide to leave the cheese out this time, because a) I wanted to be able to spread jam all over the warm bread; and b) because I didn’t have any cheddar and it was raining outside.
I baked Val’s bread in my cute little pot and it turned out beautifully. The top crust was, well…..crusty. The bread inside was divinely steamy and moist. I couldn’t have asked for a better recipe to try out in my new find. Thanks, Val!
English Muffin Loaves
Adapted from Bellini Valli at More Than Burnt Toast
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
- 2 envelopes Fast Rising Active Dry Yeast
- 2 cups milk
- 2 tsp salt
- 6 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- Dissolve sugar in warm water. Add yeast and let stand 10 minutes then stir well.
- Combine milk and salt in saucepan. Heat over low heat until lukewarm. Add milk mixture to dissolved yeast.
- Add 3 cups flour combined with baking soda. Mix until smooth. Stir in enough of the remaining 3 cups of flour to make a stiff batter. Divide batter in half and press into two 8-1/2 x 4-1/2-inch loaf pans, that have been greased and sprinkled with cornmeal.
- Sprinkle tops with cornmeal and cover.Let rise in a warm place 45 minutes or until centre of loaf is about 1-1/2-inches above edge of pan.
- Bake at 400F for 25 minutes. Remove from pans and cool.
- To serve, slice and toast. Spread with butter and your favorite jam.
If you enjoyed this recipe, you might also like:
Article printed from Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy: http://stickygooeycreamychewy.com
URL to article: http://stickygooeycreamychewy.com/2008/04/07/a-day-at-the-beach-and-english-muffin-loaves/
URLs in this post:
 Siesta Key: http://www.siestakeyvillage.org/
 Tom Chamberlain Pottery : http://www.tomchamberlainpottery.com/main.sc
 : http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_AOecqF0gbWo/R_pO_HbvmdI/AAAAAAAABCc/5FGMEcFBcOI/s1600-h/tomchamberlain1.jpg
 No Knead bread: http://stickygooeycreamychewy.blogspot.com/2007/09/if-man-cannot-live-by-bread-alone-he.html
 More Than Burnt Toast: http://morethanburnttoast.blogspot.com/
 Val’s original recipe : http://morethanburnttoast.blogspot.com/2007/03/cheddar-english-muffin-loaves.html
 English Muffins : http://winosandfoodies.typepad.com/my_weblog/2005/06/english_muffins.html
 Winos and Foodies: http://winosandfoodies.typepad.com/my_weblog/
 Sourdough English Muffins : http://www.wildyeastblog.com/2007/09/11/sourdough-english-muffins/
 Wild Yeast: http://www.wildyeastblog.com/
 Apple Cider English Muffins : http://www.foodbeam.com/2008/02/11/help-i-have-done-it-again-i-have-been-here-many-times-before-apple-cider-vinegar-english-muffins/
 Foodbeam: http://www.foodbeam.com/
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