Milk Bread Recipe

Milk bread, also known as Hokkaido milk bread, is a soft, fluffy, and slightly sweet bread with a tender crumb. Perfect for sandwiches or enjoyed on its own, this bread is known for its rich texture and delightful flavor, making it a favorite in many households.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups (300g) bread flour
  • 3 tbsp (45g) sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp (10g) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) warm milk
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) heavy cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tbsp (45g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) water

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Dough:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the bread flour, sugar, salt, and yeast.
    • In a separate bowl, mix the warm milk, heavy cream, and egg. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients.
    • Knead the dough until it comes together, then add the softened butter. Continue kneading until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 10-15 minutes.
  2. First Rise:
    • Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1-2 hours, or until it has doubled in size.
  3. Shape the Dough:
    • Punch down the dough to release any air bubbles. Turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into 3 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball, then roll each ball into an oval shape.
  4. Second Rise:
    • Place the dough pieces into a greased loaf pan, cover, and let them rise again for about 1 hour, or until they have doubled in size.
  5. Bake:
    • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Brush the top of the dough with a little milk or an egg wash for a shiny finish.
    • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the bread sounds hollow when tapped.
  6. Cool and Serve:
    • Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving.

Enjoy your homemade milk bread, perfect for any occasion!

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