Bread… it’s what’s for dinner.

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Spice English Muffin Bread with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Butter I

At least if you live in my house. Actually, if you lived in my house last night your dinner would have consisted of some very hastily purchased $8 cookies… oh chocolate chewies, I hate you something fierce. I mean I love you. But hate you.

You know what I mean.

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But so this bread… it’s, like, so good that you COULD eat it just for dinner. I mean if you eat it for breakfast then why can’t you eat it for dinner?

I initially ignored the whole english muffin bread craze after seeing in on Pinterest. I definitely discovered it there because I had no idea that you could even make english muffins, let alone english muffin BREAD. I mean, what? It’s amazing what our world can do. But then I happened to be in the grocery store a few weeks ago and since it’s OMGpumpkinseason my eyes were peeled for everything new. I do not joke when I say I am a marketer’s dream. I am pathetic. And my peepers immediately flew to the pumpkin spice english muffins. Like moths to a flame!

So I bought some. And they were pretty good, but I hated that they weren’t our normal whole wheat english muffins. Why couldn’t we have both? And then I decided that it was high time I tried to make that dumb bread everyone raves about. And that’s what I did.

The end.

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Spice English Muffin Bread with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Butter I

Oh but not really. I made the bread, and as you can see I made it in my outrageously large loaf pan because even though I can justify a $200 pair of shoes I cannot bring myself to buy a second $15 loaf pan.

Riddle me that.

Hence the short and fat slices. But I love the short and fat slices! So perfect for toast, so perfect for two or three servings, so perfect to be slathered in gooey sugar butter that melts into those nooks and crannies that you can actually create at home in your own kitchen. I never thought I’d love craters in bread so much.

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Spice English Muffin Bread with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Butter I


Whole Wheat Pumpkin Spice English Muffin Bread with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Butter

Yield: 2 loaves

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: about 2 hours (with cooling time)


2 cups whole wheat flour
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 packages (4 1/2 teaspoons) active dry yeast
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/3 cup pureed pumpkin
2 cups warm milk, 120-130 degrees
1/2 cup warm water, 120-130 degrees
cornmeal for loaf pans

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt


Grease or spray two loaf pans (the original called for 8x4 inch pans, I only have 10x5 inch pans - they worked fine) with non-stick spray and sprinkle with cornmeal, shuffling the pan around so the cornmeal coats all the sides. Dump the excess.

In the bowl of your electric mixer (fitted with the beater attachment), combine whole wheat flour, yeast, pumpkin pie spice and baking soda. Add in milk, pumpkin, honey, olive oil and water, beating on low speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat for 3 minutes, scraping down the sides if necessary. Decrease speed to low and add in remaining flour and salt, mixing until just combined - do not overmix, do not knead. The dough will be sticky. Divide batter equally into two loaf pans and sprinkle the tops with cornmeal. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 45-60 minutes.

After about 30 minutes of the dough rising, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake loaves for 35 minutes, or until tops are golden brown. Remove from the oven and immediately remove from pans, setting aside to cool. We like the best toasted - you really get all the nooks and crannies!

Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and stir until well combined. Spread on warm toast. Store at room temperature for a day or two, or store in the fridge for a few weeks - not that it would ever last that long.

[bread slightly adapted from taste of home]

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Spice English Muffin Bread with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Butter I

This is not helping my toast addiction. Not one bit.

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119 Responses to “Whole Wheat Pumpkin Spice English Muffin Bread with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Butter.”

  1. #
    Robyn | Add a Pinch — September 27, 2012 @ 6:59 am

    And now, I’m craving this toast! Yum


  2. #
    megan @ whatmegansmaking — September 27, 2012 @ 6:59 am

    I’ve totally been on the english muffin bread bandwagon for years. And yet… somehow I never thought to make a Fall version! This looks AMAZING – love your creativity!


  3. #
    j3nn — September 27, 2012 @ 7:03 am

    Aah, that looks so dense and chewy! My favorite. :)


  4. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — September 27, 2012 @ 7:05 am

    Why do you do this to me? I don’t think there is one of your recipes I wouldn’t want to make! When are you coming out with a cookbook? All your recipes look awesome and today’s bread is to die for!!!!


  5. #
    Kim in MD — September 27, 2012 @ 7:07 am

    I love English Muffins! This beats the store bought bread anyday!


  6. #
    Villy @ For the love of Feeding — September 27, 2012 @ 7:15 am

    If I say “perfect” it will be an understatement. So, I will scroll up and look at it a bit more..


  7. #
    Stephanie — September 27, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    o.m.g. that looks so good.

    i had a toasted english muffin for breakfast this morning, but i was inspired by your grilled cheese from weeks ago with the blackberries that i’ve been obsessed with ever since. so i had a blackberry preserves and basil english muffin. if i had cream cheese i would have hit it with some of that on too for some cheesiness, but i didn’t.


  8. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — September 27, 2012 @ 7:23 am

    Yeah… all I need is butter and a touch of salt and I could just eat this whole loaf in one sitting! Hooray!


  9. #
    Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles — September 27, 2012 @ 7:31 am

    This is getting made TODAY! ….I’m now glad my mom bought me that extra loaf pan for Christmas ;) …but I should ask for shoes this year!


  10. #
    Kristen — September 27, 2012 @ 7:44 am

    I think your extra long loaf pan is endearing & this bread is fabulous!


  11. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — September 27, 2012 @ 7:49 am

    Oh my goodness.. I am TOTALLY making this on the weekend!! Whole wheat, pumpkin, pumpkin spice, and cinnamon all make me crazy happy and you have totally just made my morning (well, actually, what would really make my morning is a fresh loaf of this straight out of the oven, but let’s be realistic here). This may just be my favourite recipe you’ve ever posted!


  12. #
    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles — September 27, 2012 @ 7:51 am

    I never would have thought to make homemade english muffins. once again you are brilliant!


  13. #
    13 — September 27, 2012 @ 8:05 am

    I’m all about pumpkin right now along with the rest of the blog world! This bread looks extremely dangerous!!


  14. #
    Alicia — September 27, 2012 @ 8:19 am

    I know what your saying, I’ll spend $20.00 on a lipstick in Macy’s’ ,but only $3.00 in CVS.
    Maybe it’s because ,there is no CVS credit Card. Ha,Ha!

    Cinnamon and sugar butter is a staple for me,so much easier than sprinkling it everywhere.


  15. #
    Alicia — September 27, 2012 @ 8:21 am

    Give me your address and I’ll send you a pan!!! You take care of the $200.00 shoes!
    PS I am eyeballing a $1500.00 pair of boots…………………


  16. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — September 27, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    I, too, love crispy crunchy toasty bread. I’m not a regular squishy bread fan at all! I toast my PBJs.

    Love the sounds of this pumpkin english muffin bread! The crunchy nooks and crannies are the best part of english muffins. :) LOVE your little pumpkin butter knife!


  17. #
    Abby@ Totes Delish Blog — September 27, 2012 @ 8:31 am

    You read my mind, I was just thinking about making my own english muffins, but this bread is sooo much better! Give me those crunchy nooks and crannies.


  18. #
    Rachel — September 27, 2012 @ 8:34 am

    I love English muffin bread, and I love pumpkin spice. Mmmm. Looks awesome!


  19. #
    Anele @ Success Along the Weigh — September 27, 2012 @ 8:41 am

    That looks like the perfect thing to dunk into your morning coffee/tea!


  20. #
    Stephanie — September 27, 2012 @ 8:41 am

    english muffin bread reminds me of this market…

    if you’re ever in central Jersey, you need to go there. I’ll make you a shopping list
    Apple Cider Doughnuts (plain, powdered sugar, and cinnamon sugar)
    English Muffin Bread
    Pumpkin Pie
    Apple Cider


  21. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — September 27, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    I need this for breakfast noooooow. Dang.


  22. #
    Stephanie — September 27, 2012 @ 9:07 am

    so speaking of things i want to bathe in or whatever — yea THIS BUTTER. normal? whatever… haha it sounds amazing as does the accompanying bread! shocking… ;)


  23. #
    Katie — September 27, 2012 @ 9:12 am

    I always want bread for dinner…always. Thanks for giving me the go-ahead.


  24. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — September 27, 2012 @ 9:15 am

    Omg LOVE!!!


  25. #
    Caroline Dunklin — September 27, 2012 @ 9:16 am

    YUM. This is a must try. Do you think you could you make these into regular English muffins??


  26. #
    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — September 27, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    I once ate oatmeal for dinner. Nothing wrong with brinner.
    LOVE english muffins. This bread looks wonderful!


  27. #
    Ashley — September 27, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    English muffins used to be a favorite before going GF. I knew it wouldn’t be a good idea to look at this post when I saw the title and I was right. GAH!!! Also, I seemed to have missed the english muffin pinterest explosion. The noooooks and cranniiiiies……Okay, leaving now.


  28. #
    Erin — September 27, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    So I’m fairly certain that until now, I’d never heard of English Muffin Bread… even though I’m also fairly certain that I made some last week.


  29. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — September 27, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    this looks amazing!


  30. #
    Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) — September 27, 2012 @ 9:39 am

    English muffin BREAD?! I didn’t even know such a glorious thing existed! Thank you for opening my eyes to the even wider world of carbs :)


  31. #
    Melanie — September 27, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    Ok, so I loathe working with yeast. However, this might be worth it to me. This looks just perfect. Really.


  32. #
    bridget {bake at 350} — September 27, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    I love you.


  33. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — September 27, 2012 @ 9:56 am


    english muffin BREAD?! i have been gone from the internet for WAAAAAAAAAY too long. must make this stat!


  34. #
    BYH @ Bless Your Heart — September 27, 2012 @ 9:56 am



  35. #
    Stephanie — September 27, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    Love butter in all the nooks and crannies of toast! Yum!


  36. #
    Rachel — September 27, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    I too have been resistant to the English mufficn bread craze on Pinterest.

    Now I might have to crumble. This looks so good. :)


  37. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — September 27, 2012 @ 10:11 am

    English. Muffin. Bread? I love you! NO, I really freakin’ do. This doesn’t help my beginning toast addiction either. Not. One. Bit.


  38. #
    Jill Flory — September 27, 2012 @ 10:17 am

    YUM! I want to make this – got to get myself some pumpkins! Or at least a can of pumpkin!! Came over from Jennifer Carroll’s blog!


  39. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — September 27, 2012 @ 10:34 am

    This sounds awesome! I’ve made English muffins (the traditional ones) before at home, but I love the idea of making it in bread form. You are so darn creative!


  40. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — September 27, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    MMMMMtoast! That brown sugar cinnamon butter is what’s really making my heart skip a beat, though. YUMNESS.


  41. #
    Marissa Kubinski — September 27, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    This bread looks delicious. I have a silly questions. I’ve never experimented with yeast packets but I’ve seen in tutorials that you need to mix them with water first and then let it foam up. Is this not the case for this recipe? Just mix it in with the rest of the ingredients in the mixer?

    Thanks, Marissa :)


    • Jessica — September 27th, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

      In most bread recipes (and for example, pizza crusts) you do mix the yeast with warm water and some sort of sugar as the first step. But this recipe is a little different and you just mix it all together, yep! The only thing I kept out was the salt until the end because it can hinder the yeast process.


  42. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — September 27, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    The bread looks amazing!! I love english muffins and always wished I could have a loaf of it. Now I can! Oh this recipe really excites me!

    And then the butter. I love spiced/flavored butter and with cinn & brown sugar, I want extra of the extra I would need to slather on everything!


  43. #
    Heidi @foodiecrush — September 27, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    I totally fell prey to the English Muffin craze too, thanks to Kristen. Obsessed. But I’m digging the idea of one loaf pan since I don’t have a bread machine. Right up my alley oop.


  44. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — September 27, 2012 @ 11:27 am

    i haven’t had english muffins for ages but always think about purchasing them at the store (esp the trader joe’s ones). i love the idea of english muffin bread – especially with pumpkin!


  45. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — September 27, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    Sweet, crispy, buttery soft, yum! Yes, I’d eat it for dinner! I bet this bread would go GREAT with a nice big bowl of chili. Looks awesome, girly!


  46. #
    Alexis @ Hummusapien — September 27, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

    YUMMMM. Am I the only one that didn’t see this on pinterest? And that butter….such a foodgasm goin’ on.


  47. #
    Living The Sweet Life — September 27, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

    English Muffin Bread, changed my life – no really, never could I sit there and eat an entire laof alone. I didn’t. But I wanted to SO FREAKING BADLY.

    I need this version – – asap.


  48. #
    Diane, A Broad — September 27, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

    I will make this and slather it with pumpkin jam. So there.


  49. #
    Christina @ Be Mindful. Be Human. — September 27, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

    Looks amazing. Love the butter idea. Have to make this.


  50. #
    Bethany @ Accidental Intentions — September 27, 2012 @ 12:30 pm

    English muffin bread has always been my favorite. I actually vastly prefer English muffin bread to actual English muffins. Getting it was always a treat at my house — it absolutely makes the BEST toast.



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