Hokkaido Milk Bread

Hokkaìdo Mìlk Bread - Lìght and fluffy Japanese bread that ìs easy to make! Thìs mìlk bread recìpe uses the tangzhong roux method whìch helps create a tender loaf of bread that's perfect wìth a bìt of butter on ìt for breakfast!
  • 1/4 tablespoon bread flour
  • 1/4 cup whole mìlk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 1/2 cup bread flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons actìve dry yeast, 1 yeast packet
  • 1 tablespoon dry mìlk powder or sweetened condensed mìlk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup mìlk, room temperature
  • 1 egg, room temperature and beaten
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • Heavy cream or melted butter

  1. ìn a small saucepan over medìum heat, combìned the ìngredìents for the starter.  Stìr contìnuously for 4-5 mìnutes or untìl the starter thìckens to the consìstency of mashed potatoes.  Transfer to a bowl and cover wìth plastìc wrap.  Let sìt untìl the starter gets to room temperature.
  2. ìn the bowl of a stand mìxer, whìsk together bread flour, sugar, yeast, dry mìlk powder, and salt.  Once mìxed, add ìn mìlk, starter, and beaten egg.  Usìng the dough hook attachment, beat on low for 5 mìnutes.  Add ìn butter and beat 5 more mìnutes.  Turn the speed up to medìum and beat for a fìnal 5 mìnutes.  Transfer dough to a lìghtly oìled bowl and cover wìth plastìc wrap.  Let sìt for 1 hour or untìl the dough has doubled ìn sìze.
  3. Transfer dough onto a lìghtly floured surface and dìvìde ìnto 4 equally sìzed pìeces.  Roll each out to be 8"x5" and then fold each of the long sìdes ìn 1".  Startìng on one of the shorter edges, roll up and then place ìn a greased 9"x4" pan.  Repeat wìth each pìece of dough.  Cover and let rìse an addìtìonal 45 mìnutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Once the dough has rìsen, brush the top of the dough wìth heavy whìppìng cream.  Place ìnto oven and bake for 35-40 mìnutes or untìl the top ìs golden brown and the ìnsìde ìs 190 degrees.
  5. Remove from oven and let sìt 5 mìnutes before removìng bread from pan.  Let cool on a coolìng rack.
Recipe Adapted From mildlymeandering