No-Knead English Muffin Bread

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Want homemade English muffins without all the work? This easy recipe for English muffin bread is perfect for you. No kneading--just mix, rise, and bake!

toasted english muffin bread and loaf of bread

We LOVE English muffins around these parts. Slathered with peanut butter or homemade strawberry jam, made into breakfast get the idea.

I've made individual English muffins like the ones you buy at the store, but it's a long, involved process. You have to make the dough, shape it into rounds, dry-fry it in a pan, and finish the muffins in the oven.

loaf of English muffin bread

Why not get all the yum with less work? English muffin bread is the answer, and this is the easiest recipe ever! All you have to do is mix, rise, and bake.

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No-Knead English Muffin Bread

Yield: 2 loaves
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

If you want to make English muffins but the traditional method is too much work--English muffin bread is for you. Just mix, rise, and bake!


  • 4 teaspoons yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups warm milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Combine all ingredients in your stand mixer (or mix by hand with a dough whisk) until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. You'll end up with a sticky, wet dough.
  2. Scoop/pour the dough into a large, greased hearth loaf pan (or two standard size loaf pans).
  3. Set the dough, uncovered, in a warm place to rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  4. Bake in a 375F oven for 20-25 minutes. Remove bread from the pan and place on a wire rack to cool.
  5. When you're ready to toast your English muffin bread, I recommend using a bread slicer for nice, even slices.

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  1. Candacr on August 20, 2021 at 6:52 am

    Great recipe . Two perfect 8×4 in loaves . Forgot to cover during the rise but it didn’t seem to make any difference . Delish!

  2. Jules on November 18, 2020 at 9:09 am

    You say, “Note: if you cover the pan with plastic wrap or foil, the dough will rise and stick to the cover.” Yes, I know how you know … but do you cover the pan at all? Like with a tea towel?

    • Pam on November 19, 2020 at 9:24 pm

      Yes! You can either spray the plastic wrap with Pam spray, or you can lay a damp tea towel above the pan. I hold the tea towel up above the dough by draping it across a couple of tall coffee mugs.

  3. Laura on June 22, 2020 at 11:10 am

    This has become my go-to English Muffin bread! I have found, I get a much more “airy” bread if I soak the yeast with the water (warmed) and sugar before adding it to the flour mixture with warm milk. If I don’t want two loaves of bread, the recipe still works perfectly when halving all the ingredients. Thanks!!

    • Pam on June 28, 2020 at 10:15 pm

      Great advice! I’ll try proofing the yeast next time. Thanks!

  4. Elaine on May 12, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    Doesn’t NOT taste like a n English muffin at all! Funky texture and tasteless.

  5. Diane on April 22, 2020 at 11:00 am

    Made it using almond milk. Turned out puuuurfectly. Thanks for this winning recipe for Vegan English Muffin Bread LOL .

  6. Medadvicees.Com on March 11, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    They are, Susan- It helps form the muffins. If you can handle eggs, you can swap it out for a whole egg ??

  7. Karen on April 20, 2019 at 9:36 am

    Like another commenter, I’m also wondering if there is a way to use rapid rise yeast packets. (I have found only rapid rise yeast packets in the grocery store.) If they can be used how much do I use and can I just add it with the other ingredients like you do with regular yeast?

    Or where should I look for regular yeast in the store? I’m not much of a cook or baker so experimenting is not a real option for me.

    • Pam on April 20, 2019 at 10:32 am

      Yes, Karen! Yeast packets will work just fine.

  8. Cindy Carnes on February 21, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Are used the dough Hook the first time, a paddle the next time. It is raising up and flowing over the sides of the pan onto the counter. I’ve made four loaves, the next one on cutting back 1 teaspoon of yeast.

  9. Cindy Carnes on February 21, 2019 at 10:02 am

    I measured everything in the bowl of a stand mixer. The first time I made it are used the dough hook. The second Time I made it i used the regular paddle.

  10. Pam on February 21, 2019 at 9:12 am

    Yes and yes!

  11. Pam E. on January 22, 2019 at 11:59 am

    This is DELIGHTFUL bread!! So easy to whip up. Best to divide it into two loaves for more even baking, but it’s really delicious!!

  12. Peti on January 12, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Can I use plain flour to make English bread?

  13. Christine on October 8, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Agree with this comment, instructions do not indicate the recipe yields 2 loaves. Keep thinking 5 cups of flour is an awful lot for 1 loaf. Glad I read the comments before making.

  14. Valerie on March 6, 2016 at 7:25 am

    Hi… I made this bread this morning and it was delicious!!!! I will make it again most definitely!!!!!

  15. David foster on February 24, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Made 2 loaves on Monday and making 2 more now. This bread is great!

  16. Gramma Di on January 24, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    I loved this bread. Made it with unbleached flour and substituted 1 cup of the unbleached for whole wheat. Thank you so much for sharing.

  17. lishag on November 14, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Can I make this into mini loaf pans? Want to give as xmas present for my clients along with whole made jam

    • Pam on November 14, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      Sure! Just cook them for a much shorter time.

      • Lisa on March 20, 2021 at 1:42 pm

        My bread didn’t rise very high and the bread is a bit dense. It would be helpful to see what the dough should look like and how long to beat it in the mixer. Because it combined quickly but I had no idea if I should keep kneading it with the hook .

  18. Blooming on a Budget on November 14, 2015 at 5:46 am

    I love English muffins, but they are such a hassle sometimes. This I can do!! Thanks for sharing it!

  19. Chandra West on September 18, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    I just made it today and it turned out great! Tastes just like an English muffin 🙂 I just used the regular mixing attachment and mixed all the ingredients at once in it. I also let it set longer before putting in the oven, but that’s just because I forgot about it.

  20. beanieandtalbot on May 30, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    I can’t seem to get this to work. I don’t know if the ingredients are slightly different in Australia, but Ive tried this a few times and it always turns out heavy and stodgy and nothing like the picture (which looks amazing, by the way!) does anyone have any ideas why?

    • Meredith on April 26, 2020 at 9:43 am

      This is how mine turns out too. In the US. Followed instructions exactly. I find it weird it says to just throw it all together. Maybe you need to let the yeast soak like you normally do for bread. Also wondering if you need to mix for a very long time for it to come together, but there are no notes about how long to mix, and I didn’t want to over mix.

      • Chris on July 30, 2020 at 9:05 am

        I only allow my yeast to soak as long
        as it takes me to gather up the next ingredients. Super easy. Sometimes it comes out stickier then others but I attribute that to how warm my milk is.

  21. Jen on April 22, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Question… this is my first look and an english muffin sort of recipe so thos could be the actual trick but, surely you don’t just pile all the ingredients in the mixer and mix? Does the yeast get to soak first? If so does that count as the water in the recipe? This bread looks amazing and i soooo want to make some for my family! Just like it looks in the picture! Thanks in advance for your help! Oh! Also, i have only one bread pan, i imagine i can safely refrigerate half the dough until the pan cools completely from first loaf and then allow it to rise for it’s own 45 mins-1hr. Is this ok with this recipe? Again thanks. And of course thanks for sharing!!!

    • Meredith on April 26, 2020 at 9:41 am

      I’ve got the same questions… I just mixed everything together as instructions say, but the dough did not come together and was more like a batter. I baked it anything to see how it would work. Haven’t sliced it yet but it cracked and seems hard. Should you be soaking the yeast as you normally would with bread, or do you really just throw it all together and mix?

  22. anne Drummond on April 9, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Which attachment do you use for a stand mixer?

  23. Julie on December 9, 2014 at 8:37 am

    THANK YOU! My uncle makes English Muffin Bread once a year and I always wanted to try making it myself. One loaf is just never enough!!

  24. Heather S on November 12, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Love It! Is it ok if I link to your site for this recipe on my blog?

  25. christina on October 12, 2014 at 10:05 am

    I only have rapid rise yeast on hand…. Can I use that instead of 4T yeast?
    And how much of rapid rise?

  26. Paula Morgan on September 8, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    I saw that you said “Yes” to making this dough in the bread machine. Could it be baked in the bread machine as well??

    • Pam on September 8, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      It depends on how big your bread machine is! This recipe makes two loaves, and that would be too much for my bread machine.

  27. Gretta D on September 7, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    I am going to try this tomorrow with wheat Red Mill flour. My kiddos love English muffins but, we stopped eating them b/c of out DS sensitivity to preservatives & artificial colors! This recipe could be a lifesaver!

  28. Susie Z on August 20, 2014 at 10:47 am

    I am already making this a second time. It is really easy, economical, and delicious. I sliced up and bagged the last two loaves and stored them in the fridge like English muffins. They make an easy and wholesome breakfast toasted with butter and homemade jam. Thanks!

    • Pam on August 20, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      Sounds wonderful. Glad you like the recipe!

  29. Tabitha on August 16, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Is the flour ordinary flour not bread flower??

    • Pam on August 16, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      Yep! Plain old all-purpose flour!

  30. Laura on July 30, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    We loved this bread. Thank you!

  31. Samantha on May 21, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Can this be made in a bread maker on dough?

    • Pam on May 22, 2014 at 11:28 pm


  32. Angie on May 19, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Yes, I am curious to know if it freezes well and if it can be made with whole wheat flour?

  33. kristy on May 17, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Do you know if it freezes well? It looks so yummy!!

    • JoDee on August 14, 2014 at 9:41 am

      I freeze it all the time. I even slice before freezing. No problems.

  34. christy on May 17, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    I’m going to try this using my gluten free flour and see how it goes. Thanks!

    • Lydia on June 7, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      How did it go with the gf flour? I’d love to know.

  35. Penny Sypherd on May 15, 2014 at 5:55 am

    I have been using a recipe similar to this for years and it is absolutely fool proof and is even better than the individual muffins.

  36. Jessica on May 14, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    That looks delish! I’ve wanted to try the muffins, but like you said very time consuming. Thanks! Can’t wait to try it once it’s not 100 degrees outside!

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