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Hokkaido Milk Bread

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Ever heard of these soft and super fluffy dinner rolls!? Also known as Hokkaido Milk Bread, these yeasted buns will melt in your mouth and leave you with a feeling that you’re eating clouds for breakfast! Trust us, once you get a taste, you’ll never go back to any other bread recipe! Here you go.


Tangzhong Method

  • 3 tablespoons (43g) water
  • 3 tablespoons (43g) milk, whole preferred
  • 2 tablespoons (14g) Unbleached Bread Flour


  • 2 1/2 cups (300g) Unbleached Bread Flour
  • 2 tablespoons (14g) Dry Milk or non-fat dry milk
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (6g) salt
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 1/2 cup (113g) milk, whole preferred
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tablespoons (57g) unsalted butter, melted


  • Weigh your flour; or measure it by gently spooning it into a cup, then sweeping off any excess.
  • To make the tangzhong: Combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan and whisk until no lumps remain.
  • Place the saucepan over low heat, and cook the mixture, whisking constantly, until thick and the whisk leaves lines on the bottom of the pan, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the tangzhong to a small mixing bowl or measuring cup and let it cool to room temperature.
  • To make the dough: Combine the tangzhong with the remaining dough ingredients, then mix and knead — by hand, mixer, or bread machine — until a smooth, elastic dough forms.
  • Shape the dough into a ball, and let it rest in a lightly greased covered bowl for 60 to 90 minutes, until puffy but not necessarily doubled in bulk.
  • Gently deflate the dough, divide it into 8 equal pieces (for large rolls) or 10 equal pieces (for medium-sized rolls), and shape each piece into a ball.
  • Place the rolls into a lightly greased 8″ or 9″ round cake pan. Cover the pan, and let the rolls rest for 40 to 50 minutes, until puffy.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Brush the rolls with milk or egg wash (1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water), and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown on top; a digital thermometer inserted into the centre of the middle roll should read at least 190°F.
  • Remove the rolls from the oven. Allow them to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer them to a rack to cool completely