Make the popular Asian bakery find - Hokkaido milk bread - at home with this recipe!


Recipe Summary

25 mins
35 mins
2 hrs 25 mins
3 hrs 25 mins
1 loaf


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Tangzhong (Milk Paste):
Bread Dough:


Instructions Checklist
  • Make the tangzhong by heating up milk in a small pot. Stir in bread flour until a thick paste forms. Pour paste into a medium bowl. Add 1/2 cup milk and beaten egg; mix well.

  • Place flour and yeast in a large mixing bowl. Mix with a spatula or by hand. Pour in tangzhong mixture. Stir well with a spatula until no dry spots remain. Gather dough in the middle of the bowl. Cover with a damp towel. Let rest for 20 minutes.

  • Add salt to the dough and knead until incorporated. Repeat with sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. Knead until dough is smooth, about 10 minutes. Add butter; keep kneading until evenly incorporated and dough is smooth.

  • Form dough into a ball and place into a well oiled bowl. Turn dough to grease on all sides. Let proof at room temperature until doubled, about 1 hour.

  • Turn dough out onto a clean work surface and deflate it. Press gently into a rectangle; roll up into a cylinder and transfer to a loaf pan. Let loaf proof until doubled, about 1 hour.

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Place loaf pan on the middle rack of the preheated oven and reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bake until golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before inverting onto a cooling rack. Cool completely before slicing.

Cook's Note:

If you're making free-form rolls, bake for 14 to 15 minutes. If you're using a round cake pan, bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

229 calories; protein 6.8g; carbohydrates 33.2g; fat 7.6g; cholesterol 38.2mg; sodium 167.6mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
Turned out great. We added some Nutella as a filling, egg wash on top with some sprinkles too. Also makes amazing French toast. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Substituted all-purpose flour and it worked perfectly. Keep a keen eye on the oven browning, our loaf was done in just under 30 mins. Read More