Milk Bread

I previously made these sweet dinner rolls using this tangzhong milk bead recipe found here.

The bread was a success and everyone loved it. I made some again recently, but I made it into one single loaf instead into smaller rolls. The bigger loaf pieces were even fluffier and softer than the small rolls. I’ll definitely be making this again soon.

I love how shiny the outside of the bread is.  It’s perfect for breakfast, a snack, or really any time of the day.

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Milk Bread (adapted from here)


2½ cups bread flour
3tbsp+2tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg
½ cup milk
120g tangzhong (use this recipe here for the tangzhong and used about 1/2)
2 tsp instant yeast
3 tbsp butter (cut into small pieces, softened at room temperature)

1. Make sure you have tangzhong already made from the night before or a few hours before you are going to make the bread as it needs to cool before use.
2. Combine the flour, salt, sugar and instant yeast in a bowl of a stand mixer. Make a well in the center. Whisk and combine all wet ingredients: milk, egg and tangzhong, then add into the well of the dry ingredients. Use the dough hook attachment and mix on low speed until your dough comes together and then add in the butter and continue mixing on medium to high speed. Mix for about 18-20 minutes until the dough is no longer sticky and is elastic. You want the dough to be elastic. So if you were to take a part of it and stretch it out, you can stretch it to a very thin membrane without it breaking. When you poke a hole in the thin membrane, it should form a close to perfect circle.
3. Gather the dough into a ball shape. Take a large bowl and grease with oil.  Place dough into  greased bowl and cover with a wet towel. Let it proof until it’s doubled in size, about 40 minutes.
4. Deflate and divide the dough into four equal portions. Knead into ball shapes. Cover with cling wrap, let rest for 15 minutes.
5. Roll out each part with a rolling pin into an oval shape. Take one end of the dough and fold to meet the middle of the oval. Take the other end and fold to meet on top. Turn the dough over, so that the folds face down and roll and flatten dough with pin. Flip dough again, so folded side faces up. Roll the dough up from top to bottom.  Repeat this step of rolling for  the rest of your dough. Place each roll into a 9 x 5 loaf pan  lined with parchment paper. Then cover with cling wrap or a wet towel.  Leave it for the second round of proofing, about 45 to 60 minutes, until double in size.

6. Whisk an egg and brush egg wash on surface of buns (this will create the shiny finish). Bake in a pre-heated 350F oven for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer onto a wire rack and let cool completely.

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  1. Alyssa says:

    Hi! I’m having a linky party called A Themed Baker’s Sunday where this weeks theme is bread! I would love for you to join! Hope to see you there!

  2. judcef says:

    oh i’ve tried this recipe 2x and it came out very good!first the choco bread rolls and then ive tried with yam flavor and i put a slice of cheese and experimented in your recipe and it was a success!thanks to your bread recipes now i’m confident to make bread all the time!

    JL Reply:

    That’s so great to hear!!

  3. thegfcookie says:

    Hi, I love your version of the japanese milk bread, and wanted to share my adaptation. I have written a blog post (our blog is doing GF bread reviews) and have included a link and a picture of your bread for our readers reference. please view, and comment if you like!

    If you are not ok with this, we are happy to remove the links and the photo.
    Happy baking!

    J Reply:

    Thanks for sharing. And yes, I am okay with it, since you only used one photo and linked back to me.