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Milk Bread

This homemade bread is wonderfully fluffy and soft, made from scratch using simple, wholesome ingredients. In this recipe, I teach you how to make these delicious milk bread rolls at home. Freshly baked, pillowy soft, with a hint of milky sweetness, you'll want to make these Japanese bread buns over and over again!
Course Breakfast
Servings 1 2


  • 320 grams Bread Flour
  • 20 grams Bread Flour
  • 1/2 cup Whole milk
  • 1/2 cup Evaporated milk (or just use whole milk again)
  • 1 pack INSTANT Rise Yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 stick Butter
  • 4 tbsp Sugar


  • Step 1: cook 1/2 cup of whole milk with 20 grams of bread flour into a paste
  • Step 2: mix paste with 1 egg and 1/2 cup of evaporated milk (or whole milk)
  • Step 3: mix 320 grams of bread flour, 1 pack of Instant Rise yeast with mixture from Step 2 for 1 min. or until all dry ingredients are combined. ┬áRest dough for 10-15 minutes
  • Step 4: continue to mix dough and add 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt, 4 TBSP of sugar and 1/2 stick of butter one at a time at speed setting #2
  • Step 5: once all ingredients are all combined, mix at speed setting #4 for about 8 minutes
  • Step 6: do the stretch test; if dough stretches without tearing, it is ready
  • Step 7: rest dough for 1 hour covered in oven with oven lights on or rest dough for 1/2 hour in Instant Pot at Yogurt setting at medium heat
  • Step 8: deflate dough and get all air bubbles out and shape dough into desired form
  • Step 9: cover dough and let it rest for 30 minutes in oven with oven lights on
  • Step 10: pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Step 11: bake Milk Bread for 20-25 minutes; for small rolls 20 minutes should be good; for loaf size, 25 minutes is great; baking time does depend on how hot your oven gets
  • Step 12: ENJOY!


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