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Milk Bread

This homemade milk bread is one of the fluffiest you'll ever try! Made with just 8 ingredients you won't resist eating the entire batch.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Chinese, Japanese
Keyword japanese bread, milk bread
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 Loaf
Calories 1602 kcal


  • 2 1/2 cups Bread Flour + 2 Tbs.
  • 6 tbs Water
  • 1 ½ tbs Sugar
  • ½ cup Luke Warm Milk
  • 1 packet Active Dry Yeast ~2tsp
  • 2 tbs Melted Butter
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 Egg 1 egg for egg wash
  • 2 tbs. sugar optional, if you like a sweeter bread


  1. Preheat oven 350F and grease a loaf pan.
  2. Start by whisking the 2 tbs of flour with 6 tbs of water, over low heat, for 2 minutes or until the tangzhong has become thickened. It happens quickly. Set aside to cool.
  3. In small bowl pour the yeast and sugar over the warm milk. Let sit for 5 minutes. The yeast should began activating.
  4. In a large bowl or mixing bowl, stir the yeast mixture is bubbly into the tangzhong until all components are dissolved.
  5. Mix in the remaining ingredients and knead with dough hook 6-7 minutes (or by hand for 12-15 minutes). This is when you would add the sugar if desired. When the dough has been kneaded thoroughly it should be smooth, start to come away from the bowl and spring back when poked with a finger. If it isn’t springy knead for a few more minutes and try again

  6. Place dough in a large greased bowl, cover with a wet hand towel and proof for 45 minutes or until it has doubled in size.
  7. When dough is properly proofed, remove from bowl and cut into 3 equal portions.
  8. Roll each portion into a rectangle and fold the ends over each other. The dough may also be rolled up like a cinnamon roll.
  9. Place dough seam side down into greased loaf pan.
  10. Proof again for another 10 minutes or until dough has risen to the top of the loaf pan, then brush with egg.
  11. Bake for 30 minutes and let cool before unpanning.
Nutrition Facts
Milk Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1602 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 20g100%
Cholesterol 400mg133%
Sodium 2714mg113%
Potassium 595mg17%
Carbohydrates 252g84%
Fiber 8g32%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 53g106%
Vitamin A 1373IU27%
Calcium 234mg23%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.