I have been making this bread for years. It's so much better than the store-bought English Muffins. However, this bread must be toasted as cold un-toasted English Muffins are not very flavorful.
While toast is warm, spread with butter and some strawberry jam...delish!
6 cups flour (divided: 3 cups and 3 cups)
2 pkgs Active Dry Yeast
1 TBS sugar
2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 cups milk
1/2 cup water
Combine 3 cups flour, yeast, sugar, salt and soda. Mix well.
Heat milk and water until warm. Add to dry mixture. Using a mixer, beat well.
Stir in the remaining 3 cups flour to make a stiff batter. (It will be very stiff).
Grease two 8x4 inch loaf pans. Spoon the bread batter into the pans. (Instead of a spoon, I use my hands. First I spray my hands with cooking spray as this is very sticky.)
Sprinkle tops of bread lightly with cornmeal. Cover bread with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap lightly sprayed with cooking spray (Pam). Let raise for 45 minutes.
Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove from pans immediately and let cool.