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How To Make Easy No Knead Muffin Bread

Easy no-knead muffin bread. Love homemade bread but find the process of kneading hard work or time consuming? My muffin bread is the loaf for you! Perfect for toasting and so easy to make, this will become your favourite breakfast bread! Try it spread with my fruity vegan butter!

How To Make Easy No Knead Muffin Bread

Bread. There is not a country that doesn’t have its variation of it. Flatbread, Sandwich Loaf, Pitta Breads, Naan Bread, Pretzels, Tortilla, Ryebreads, Sourdough, Sweet Breads, Beer Bread, Bread made with vegetables, breads made with fruit, bread made with nuts, bread made with polenta, gluten-free Bread.

A non-official History of Bread

Bread is one of the oldest food sources, dating back to Neolithic times, indeed to many early civilisations it was their only source of food. It is probably because of this limited diet that we now have bread in so many different variations. The Iberians and gauls used wine and beer to get a successful rise, whilst earlier breadmakers relied on airborne yeasts. Honey was used to produce a sweet bread (and to help the rise) and seeds would have been added.

The idea of a starter, made several days in advance was one of the earliest methods of producing a light, tasty bread. Of course, over the years it has evolved. Archaeological evidence suggests that the ancient Egyptians suffered from bad teeth due to the stones and grit in the poorly milled flour chipping their teeth. Thankfully, bread milling methods are somewhat more sophisticated nowadays and the only extras you find in bread are welcome ones.

How to Make Easy Vegan Muffin Bread

Because of the simplicity of bread, it is intrinsically woven into our memories. Even in our poorest days we can afford bread, and it offers us a comforting respite from our woes. Who hasn’t eaten slice after slice of toast and jam because they’re feeling particularly down?

The difficulty here is not merely finding a bread recipe but instead deciding which recipe. There are literally millions of variations of bread in the world and everyone of them deserves to be tasted, and preferably by myself.

However, suitably buoyed by hunger (and I was also incredibly bored and boredom breeds creativity in the kitchen) I decided to make something with a retro feel. “Ahh, but what is the bread made?” I hear you all cry. It was the perfectly delicious Muffin Bread, from James Beard’s Beard on Bread.

How and Why Do You Proof Yeast?

It’s simple. By proving it, you are activating the dried yeast. Adding it to a mixture of warm water (110c) and sugar. The sugar helps to speed up the activation process. It is also a really helpful way to tell if your yeast is good (if it “blooms” quickly) or if you need to replace your batch (no bubbles, no activity)

What Does Muffin Bread Taste Like?

Muffin Bread tastes just like toasted muffins, or English Muffins. It is nothing like cake muffins (or cupcakes). It has a fairly open crumb texture, and toasts beautifully. And much like English Muffins, you do need to serve this bread toasted otherwise it is pretty bland. I love it served with butter and jam, or try my fruit butter here!


Ingredients for muffin bread.
  • Plain flour
  • Yeast
  • Bicarbonate of Soda – this is an essential ingredient to give the bread distinctive muffin taste
  • Plant-Based Milk
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Warm water


Activating yeast.

Add the yeast to warm water and sugar and leave to activate.

Adding flour to yeast mixture.

Beat the flour, salt and milk into the yeast mixture.

Mix until you have a sticky ball of dough.

Mix thoroughly until you have a sticky ball of dough.

Cover bowl with clingrfilm.

Cover with clingfilm and leave to rise until doubled.

Sprinkle bicarb over dough.

Sprinkle the risen dough with bicarbonate of soda and beat in.

Pouring dough into bread pan.

Spoon the dough into your oiled loaf tin. Preheat oven to 175c and leave the dough to rise for another hour or so.

The risen loaf ready to bake.

Once the dough has doubled again, bake for 25 minutes.

The baked loaf!

When baked, remove from oven and leave to cool for 5 minutes in the tin before turning out.

I love a bread that requires no kneading and this is so perfect for that! That’s right: this is an easy recipe for a no knead dough bread! You simply beat the flour and milk into the proofed yeast for a minute (you can use a hands-free mixer, but why create washing?) and then let it rise. Add some bicarbonate of soda between (this helps create a light, airy texture), mix again, rise, and that’s it! If you love breads that don’t need any additional kneading, you’ll also love my Beer Bread!

This is ONLY a list of ingredients for the recipe; please see recipe card below for complete printable recipe.

Try my other easy breads here

Easy Vegan Muffin Bread

How to Make Easy Vegan Muffin Bread
Adapted from James Beard's Beard on Bread
5 from 88 votes
Prep 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Proving Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes


  • Loaf Tin
  • Large Mixing Bowl


  • tsp Yeast
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • ½ cup Water - (at 110c)
  • cups Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • cup Soy Milk - warm (or use your favourite plant-based milk)
  • ¼ tsp Bicarbonate of Soda - dissolved in 1 tbsp warm water


  • In a large bowl, prove the yeast, warm water and sugar.
  • Once it is a bubbly and frothy, beat in the flour, salt and warm milk.
  • Beat (or use the dough hook on your standalone mixer) using a wooden spoon for a minute or so, until it starts to pull away from the mixing bowl. This shouldn't take long.
  • Cover with clingfilm and place in a warm area. Leave to rise for about an hour and half (or until doubled).
  • Knock down your dough, and add the warm bicarbonate of soda water to the mixure. Beat in again thoroughly.
  • Now place your dough in your buttered loaf tin and leave to rise for another hour and a half.
  • Preheat oven to 170c and bake bread for about 25-30 minutes or until golden on top. This loaf cooks really quickly!
  • Leave to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack and leave to cool completely before cutting into slices and toasting.

Please note that where the recipe asks for milk, butter or yogurt, this refers to any plant-based version that you prefer.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Vegan Muffin Bread
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 5 stars
    Love this recipe so much! I usually make this the night before so I get a fresh and warm breakfast in the morning.

  2. 5 stars
    Thanks for this great recipe. I’ve never tried making no knead muffin bread before, but it looks delicious. My kids would definitely love it. Will make it soon!

  3. 5 stars
    I have always wanted to try an English muffin bread and love that you have a no-knead recipe. Perfect for breakfast,

  4. 5 stars
    These turned out so great. Love how soft it came out and my family also loved it. Thanks for this recipe.

  5. 5 stars
    Love the idea of this no-knead bread. I don’t always have the patience for kneading or the arm strength 🙂 This sounds perfect to go with so many things from chilli to soup.. I’m going to give this a whirl. Thank you.

  6. 5 stars
    Love this! I’ve been learning how to make my own bread and this is definitely one of the easiest recipes I’ve tried. It turned out perfect and so delicious!

  7. 5 stars
    This is a great vegan muffin bread recipe to make ahead of time for breakfast. It’s easy, simple, and no fail!

  8. 5 stars
    Oh yum! This looks like a delicious summer treat! How can I resist this.?! I have all ingredients so I may as well bake this now. Why wait?! 🙂

  9. 5 stars
    I love how delicious and easy this recipe is! Your process photos are so helpful. Thank you for sharing this comforting recipe!

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