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English Muffin Loaves

Slices of these festive fruit and nut loaves are a terrific breakfast on a cold morning. They have a subtle cornmeal flavor. The best part is that no kneading is required. I serve one loaf right from the oven and freeze the other or give it as a gift. —Roberta Freedman, Mesilla Park, New Mexico
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + rising Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    2 loaves


  • 5 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/2 cups warm orange juice (120° to 130°)
  • 1/2 cup warm water (120° to 130°)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • Cornmeal


  • In a bowl, combine 2 cups flour, yeast, sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Add orange juice, water and oil; beat on low speed until moistened. Beat on high for 3 minutes. Stir in the pecans, apricots and remaining flour to form a stiff batter. Do not knead.
  • Greased two 8x4-in. loaf pans; sprinkle with cornmeal. Spoon batter into pans; sprinkle with cornmeal. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from pans to cool on wire racks. Slice and toast.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 113 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 86mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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