Chinese Milk Bread

Chinese Milk Bread

I made a Chinese Milk Bread last week and this recipe is absolutely easy to make.

You just have to put everything in the mixer to make the dough, proof for 60 minutes, knead the dough again, shape it, proof, and bake

No fancy ingredients or complicated steps, it seems impossible to recreate at home but as I will show you, it is so easy! 

The final product, as you can see from the photo and video that it is fluffy, soft, slightly sweet, and golden.

This recipe is a great base for making other kinds of bread products you may have drooled over at the Asian bakery…once you make the dough you can fill it, top it, wrap it, braid it…the options are endless!

What’s not to love about it? 

Chinese Milk Bread

Print Recipe
Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 3H25M

Ingredients

  • ⅔ cup (158 ml) heavy cream (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup, plus 1 tablespoon (total 250 ml) milk (at room temperature)
  • 1 large egg (at room temperature)
  • ⅓ cup (75 grams) sugar
  • ½ cup (about 70 grams) cake flour, tap measuring cup to avoid air pockets
  • 3½ cups (about 500 grams) bread flour, tap measuring cut to avoid air pockets
  • 1 tablespoon (11 grams) active dry yeast
  • 1½ teaspoons (7 grams) salt
  • Egg wash: whisk together 1 egg with 1 teaspoon water
  • Simple syrup (optional): 2 teaspoons of sugar dissolved in 2 teaspoons hot water

Instructions

1

In the bowl of a mixer, add ingredients in the following order: heavy cream, milk, egg, sugar, cake flour, bread flour, yeast, and salt. Use the dough hook attachment, and turn on the mixer to “stir.” Let it go for 15 minutes, occasionally stopping the mixer to push the dough together. If you're in a humid climate and the dough is too sticky, feel free to add a little more flour ¼ cup at a time until it comes together. If you don't have a mixer and would like to knead by hand, extend the kneading time by 5-10 minutes.

2

After 15 minutes of mixing, the dough is ready for proofing. Cover the bowl with a damp towel and place in a warm spot for 1 hour. I proofed the dough in my oven (I had the oven on rapid proof for 5 minutes, turned the oven off, and then closed the oven door). The dough will grow to 1.5X its original size.

3

In the meantime, grease two baking vessels on all sides with butter. I used a standard loaf pan and a 9-inch round cake pan.

4

After the hour of proofing, put the dough back in the mixer and stir for another 5 minutes to get rid of air bubbles. Dump the dough on a lightly floured surface, and cut it in half. I made a loaf with one half of the dough by cutting it into 3 pieces and placing them in the loaf pan. With the other half of the dough, I cut it into eight equal pieces and made buns. Once shaped, let the dough proof for another hour.

5

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Brush the risen dough with egg wash. Bake the loaves for 23-25 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush the buns with sugar water to give them a really great shine, sweetness, and color.

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