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Milk bread is specially made using a technique that involves a “roux”. This recipe originated from the Kindred restaurant in Davidson, North Carolina. With the below recipe you can create milk bread at home and it will be a total success. For those who love precision, you should consider buying a scale to ensure equal proportions. However, you can use a measuring cup for the floor and spoon for anything else. Once you master the technique of making milk bread, you will never buy bread from the stores again. Also, this bread can be made into loaves, pull apart burns, burger buns or even mini dinner rolls.

What Is This Milk Bread?

Milk bread appears as an utterly fantastic soft bread that tastes good if prepared well. The bread has a distinct slightly sweet flavor with a soft interior. When making it, the instructions are fairly simple and straight forward. You are advised to use fresh milk, but powdered milk can be used too or use both with the fresh milk carrying the highest percentage.

In fact, powder milk provides additional flavor, although it is optional and can be omitted. The milk bread can be eaten alone but you can serve it with tea too. And to be honest, it’s quite economical to home make the bread rather than buying every single day.

Ingredients List

  • 4 cups of all pulse flour
  • A half cup milk
  • Half cup of sugar
  • Two tablespoons Yeast
  • One tablespoon salt
  • Two eggs plus an extra egg to use as egg wash
  • Four tablespoons of margarine or butter
  • A half cup of milk

Preparation

Step 1: To start, combine milk and flour then stir over medium flame until completely mixed. Take it off the heat and set it aside to have a very soft bread.

Step 2: We are going to make the bread dough. In a bowl, mix flour, salt, sugar, and yeast then mix properly.

Step 3: Add margarine to the mixture and use a fork or your palms to mix into the flour. You should have something that resembles breadcrumbs.

Step 4: Crack the eggs in a small bowl and whisk, then combine the eggs and the dough then mix. When the dough comes together, place it in a clean work surface. Use your palms to knead until its well kneaded so as to have a soft milk bread. It should take you around 10 to 15 minutes. Remember to add more flour if the dough is too sticky and continue adding until it doesn’t feel sticky anymore.

Step 5: Empty the dough in a large bowl, cover it with a cling film and let it rest in a warm place for one hour or until it has doubled in size.

Step 6: Punch down the dough and knead for another one or two minutes. Cut it into eight equal parts. You can use the weighing scale to ensure the sizes are equal.

Step 7: Greece the baking pan with margarine or butter very well and place four pieces in the pan. Cover it lightly using a cling film and put it aside in a warm place to rise for another 30 minutes. It will definitely double in size again.

Step 8: Whisk the extra eggs and brush the dough with them then bake in an oven preheated at 180C for 35-40 minutes. When the milk bread is done cooking, it should be brown in color. Place the bread in a wire rack to cool. You can serve it now.

How to Make the Milk Bread Soft and Puffy?

The technique of adding one ingredient at a time and then mixing the flour to form a paste is very useful in making a soft puffy bread. Additionally, the dough should be a little bit looser but thick too. Warming it until everything thing mixes also contributes to the softness. Just follow every single preparation step keenly and you will have a nice soft and puffy bread at the end of it all.

Conclusion

If you want to make rolls using the above recipe, it’s very possible. The recipe can make all sorts of bread variations of your choice. From mini loaves to rolls to split top rolls (for hot dogs or lobster roll), all can be prepared using this recipe. For people who want to make a lot of milk bread, they should consider using a kneading machine because it can be tiresome to knead a large dough with your palms. When mixing, add the ingredients as instructed above and then use the machine to make a non-sticky dough. You should reduce the speed accordingly to ensure everything is properly mixed.

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