Fluffy like challah, milk bread is a quick and easy bread to add to your at-home brunch repertoire. It's absolutely amazing with mascarpone and a berry jam.
This milk bread recipe has been adapted from The Woks of Life.
- 2/3 cup heavy cream (at room temperature)
- 1 cup, plus 1 tablespoon milk (at room temperature)
- 1 large egg (at room temperature)
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup cake flour
- 3 1/2 cups bread flour
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- Egg wash: whisk together 1 egg with 1 teaspoon water
- Simple syrup (optional): 2 teaspoons of sugar dissolved in 2 teaspoons hot water
- Stand mixer
- OR large metal bowl and wooden spoon
- 2 loaf pans or 2 9-inch cake pans (One of each is fine, too!)
1) In a bowl or a mixer, add ingredients in the following order: heavy cream, milk, egg, sugar, cake flour, bread flour, yeast, and salt.
If using a mixer: You can 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 using a bowl and a wooden spoon: Mix until the dough comes together. Once it comes together while stirring with a wooden spoon, you can knead it in the bowl for 20 minutes (a bit longer than if in the mixer).
If the dough is too sticky and pulls apart, you can continue to add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time until it comes together.
2) After kneading, the dough is ready for proofing. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth towel and place in a warm spot for 1 hour until the dough is 1.5 times the size.
3) Butter two baking vessels on all sides, such as 2 standard loaf pans or two 9-inch round cake pans.
4) Now it's time to knead and shape the dough.
If using a mixer: Put the dough back in the mixer and stir for another 5 minutes to get rid of air bubbles. Then pour the dough on a lightly floured surface and cut it in half.
If using a bowl: Pour the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes to get rid of air bubbles. Cut the dough in half.
It's your preference as to how the dough is shaped! You can cut one half the dough into 3 pieces and place them in the loaf pan. With the other half of the dough, you can cut it into eight equal pieces and make buns. The Woks of Life has a great tutorial on how to twist and shape the dough for buns. Let the dough proof for another hour. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
5) Brush the risen dough with egg wash. Bake the loaves for 23-25 minutes. Optional: Remove from the oven and brush the buns with sugar water to give them a shine, sweetness, and color.
Makes 2 loaves.