I was skeptical of an English muffin loaf, worried that I wouldn't get the same crust and that it would forever skew my love of bread from across the Pond. Alas, it was better than expected and...dare I say...maybe better than English muffins in their muffin form. I love that you get the crusty crust of a loaf of bread, but still the "raw" inside, full of nooks and crannies - there's no way to get that in the muffin shape, since toasting it toasts the inside too. BUT with a loaf of bread, you have the best of both worlds, and always have the option of toasting a slice if that's your cup of [English breakfast] tea.
Even if you are one of those people intimidated by the thought of cooking with yeast, this is so simple that you must give it a try. You don't need any fancy tools or ingredients (like bread flour or dough enhancer) and everything can be made in 1 bowl and 1 loaf pan. There is no excuse not to try this, you'll be glad you did.
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1.5 teaspoons salt
.25 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon instant yeast
1 cup milk
.25 cup water
2 tablespoons oil or butter
cornmeal, to sprinkle in pan (optional)
In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and yeast. Stir to combine.
In a microwave safe bowl, combine the milk, water and oil and heat to between 120 and 130 degrees (the liquid should feel hotter than lukewarm but not so hot that it would be uncomfortable as bath water). Pour the hot liquid over the dry ingredients and beat until combined (about 1 minute if using a stand mixer with paddle attachment) - the dough should be soft and sticky.
Lightly grease an 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" loaf pan and sprinkle the bottom and sides with cornmeal.
Scoop the dough into the prepared pan, cover (with plastic wrap or a towel) and let rise, about 45-60 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400 and bake uncovered bread 22-27 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped.
Let cool in pan for 5 minutes, then place on rack to finish cooling.
Source: Adapted from My Baking Addiction