2 October 2007

Cheddar English Muffin Loaves

Cheddar English Muffin Loaves
When I was in my early teens I sent away to the Fleischmann's Yeast Company for a small cookbook, or, really just a flyer I suppose, with bread recipes. Since that time my sister and I have been making this English Muffin Loaf periodically for all these years. My sister says it would not be Christmas without it. (Did I just say the "C' word...even before Hallowe'en???) We think it is delicious toasted for breakfast.

It is one of those recipes where you can get the flavour of an English Muffin without all the fuss of rolling dough and shaping dough...and kneading dough... just incorporate all the ingredients and throw it the your bread pans to rise and then bake. You even have the luxury of a second loaf to freeze for another time!

My sister and I live on opposite sides of the country, but I always think of her when I bake these loaves.

Makes 2 loaves

**Cheddar Cheese English Muffin Loaf**

1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
2 envelopes Fast Rising Active Dry Yeast
2 cups milk
2 teaspoon salt
6 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 cups grated Cheddar cheese

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 only. Add milk mixture to dissolved yeast.

Add 3 cups flour combined with baking soda and grated cheese. 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.


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  1. English muffins are great and adding cheddar sounds even better. Making it as a loaf sounds interesting.

  2. Thank you, I'm always looking for simple and tasty baking recipes.

  3. This looks like a simple and good bread recipe that I must try. Yum. Sisters are the best!

  4. You know, I have a little cigar box that was my moms and she would fill it with those recipes she collected from box tops and mail aways like you and your sister did. Every once in a while I go thru it and can remember some of the simple but delicious goodies she would bake with those recipes. Yum! Comfort!

  5. HalleLUjah to a recipe that requires no kneading! They look amazing, and YES, Christmas is less than three months away! (I'm actually kind of excited, but I'm looking forward to Halloween and Thanksgiving, too!)

  6. These Cheddar English Muffin Loaves sound great, Valli...incorporating cheese into the bread is a brillant idea! And now that I've survived the Daring Bakers cinnamon rolls, I think I am ready to try another yeast bread...so, I think I will make these today. I'll let you know how they turn out! :-)

  7. grrr..between you an Marie today I am now on a carb craving marathon...
    I am making htis for sure!

  8. Even the recipe title sounds tasty :)

  9. I wish it is breakfast now! :D
    So comforting...to look at.

  10. I remember that booklet!
    I don't remember this though, it's going in the file... English muffins not being common in France hahaha!

  11. These look delicious. We have some great mature Welsh cheddar in the fridge at the moment begging to be made into this.
    Charlotte and Freddie

  12. Hi again, Valli! I just wanted to let you know that I made the Cheddar loaves, and they turned out wonderfully...I love this recipe! Thanks SO much for sharing...I've blogged about it if you want to peek. :-)

  13. Oh man. There are some days when I miss bread so bad. Thanks for making this one of them. Seriously.

  14. This sounds delicious and quick, Valli. I'll have to try it. Thanks for the recipe :)

  15. Looks so delicious!!!! I want make yahh Valli, thanks for the recipe.xxxGloria

  16. What a gorgeous loaf! I'd love to try a piece!

  17. I've never heard of Cheddar English Muffin Loaves before even though I live in the UK. They look and sound delicious.

  18. This Cheddar muffin sounds delicious. I have some cheddar in my fridge and I'm thinking of making it tomorrow :)

    I'm hosting two events this month and I would love you to join:
    Vegetarian Awareness Month and Inspiring Food Photography.

    Greetings, Margot

  19. Thanks guys. These loaves really are wonderful. I like them slathered with butter!!!
    I used to have shoeboxes full of recipes Deb that I had collected over my teenage years.
    I look forward to Christmas as well Abby and it is coming fast!!!
    I'm glad you had a chance to make the English Muffin loaves Belinda. They are excellent!!!
    Welsh Cheddar would work well I'm sure Charlotte. Hopefully Freddie and your daughter will like it!
    I don't make them as often as I would like to Ferdzy!! I could have bread every day if I had my way!!
    Anyone who hasn't tried it yet please do ...so quick and easy!!!

  20. What a wonderful recipe for autumn...and a beautiful blog! I'm glad I found you... I'll be back!

  21. Valli, I've seen your recipe elsewhere as well, and they raved about it. Got to try it. It looks gorgeous. I always trust an old recipe that is made over and over. It means it works. thanks

  22. These look really good. We too have some good strong cheddar in the fridge. Might just have to give them a go.

  23. Just finished making this and it was faaaaaaaaaaaaaabulous. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe.


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