This is a special bread, coated with cornmeal, so it needs to be baked in a loaf pan in the oven. It is a dense bread, that makes ideal toast. English and American homes often had toasting forks, used to toast slices of bread like in an open hearth. Heavenly with orange marmalade.
English Toasting Bread

English Toasting Bread
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Recipe type: Baked Goods
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1 1 1/2 pound loaf
  • 3/4 Cup milk
  • 3/8 Cup water, warm (110 to 115 degrees F)
  • 3 Cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • cornmeal
  1. Put all ingredients in bread machine except cornmeal. Dough setting.
  2. When machine beeps, remove bread pan and turn out dough onto floured countertop.
  3. Grease an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2-inch loaf pan; sprinkle all sides with cornmeal.
  4. Place dough into prepared loaf pan. With your hands, carefully press it evenly into pan. Sprinkle the top with cornmeal.
  5. Cover and let rise in a warm oven for 20 to 30 min or until dough almost reaches top of pan. To warm oven slightly, turn oven on Warm setting for 2 minutes then turn off)
  6. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and bake 25 minutes. Cool before slicing.


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