Fluffy Homemade Milk Bread Recipe

Dive into the delight of freshly baked milk bread with this simple yet satisfying recipe. Soft, airy, and infused with the comforting flavor of milk, this homemade bread is perfect for sandwiches, toast, or simply enjoyed on its own. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to create your own batch of delicious milk bread right in your kitchen.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup warm milk (about 110°F/45°C)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)

Instructions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the bread flour, sugar, yeast, and salt. Mix well to ensure even distribution of ingredients.
  2. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the warm milk and melted butter.
  3. Using a wooden spoon or a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment, mix the ingredients until a rough dough forms.
  4. Once the dough comes together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 8-10 minutes, or until the dough becomes smooth and elastic. You can also use the stand mixer for this step, kneading on low speed.
  5. Place the kneaded dough in a greased bowl, turning once to coat the dough with oil. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm, draft-free place for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until doubled in size.
  6. After the dough has risen, gently punch it down to release the air bubbles. Divide the dough into equal portions and shape each portion into a ball or your desired shape.
  7. Place the shaped dough balls into a greased baking pan, leaving some space between each dough ball for expansion. Cover the pan loosely with a kitchen towel and let the dough rise for another 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
  8. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) during the last 15 minutes of the final rise.
  9. Once the dough has risen for the second time, gently brush the surface with beaten egg wash for a shiny finish.
  10. Bake the milk bread in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown on top and hollow-sounding when tapped on the bottom.
  11. Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  12. Slice, serve, and enjoy your freshly baked homemade milk bread!

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