English Muffin Mini Loaves
Makes 8 loaves (we used an 8 cavity mini loaf pan- loaves are 3.8x2.5 inches. You can use different sizes, but you will need to adjust baking time.)
3 ¼ cups all purpose flour
2 ¼ teaspoons granulated sugar
1 ½ teaspoons salt
3 ½ teaspoons yeast
⅛ teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ cups warm milk
⅓ cup warm water
Cornmeal for dusting the pans
Preheat oven to 400℉. Spray loaf pan with baking spray and sprinkle the pans with cornmeal. Tap the pans, evenly distributing the cornmeal. Empty the excess into the garbage.
Set aside 1 ¼ cups of flour. In a large bowl mix together 2 cups of flour, 2 ¼ teaspoons sugar, 1 ½ teaspoons salt, 3 ⅓ teaspoons yeast, ⅛ teaspoon baking soda. Combine milk and water in a pan and heat until it is quite warm but not hot- if its too hot it will kill the yeast, if it’s too cool it won’t activate the yeast.
Add the liquid to the dry mixture and mix very well. Add the remaining flour and mix together well.
Divide the dough between the 8 mini loaf pans, cover with a clean towel and let the loaves rise, about 30 minutes.
Uncover, place into the preheated oven and bake 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and then tip the loaves out of the pan.