Fragrant Milk Bread 奶香包

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Very soft, very easy recipe from 爱与恨老师. The combination of milk and higher butter content is unbeatable. It remains so soft and fluffy when I ate it the next morning. Give it a try and see if it will become your staple.

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You can also make this recipe into a loaf instead of buns. It makes a soft and fragrant sandwich bread.

For a full loaf, at step 4 below, shape into a loaf, proof 1 hour and bake at 190 deg C for 30 to 35 min.

Recipe (Original Recipe)

  • 250g bread flour
  • 140g fresh milk
  • 8g milk powder (optional)
  • 1 egg
  • 50g sugar (can reduce to 30g if too sweet)
  • 3/4 tsp instant yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 40g butter

Method

1. Mix all ingredients except salt and butter into stand mixer. Mix for 5-10 min till a rough dough forms.

2. Add in salt and butter and knead on slow, then high for the next 20 to 30 min. Stop frequently to turn dough and scrape down the sides. Knead till window pane.

3. Proof for 15 to 20 min will do.

4. After proofing, pat with palm to degas. Divide into 9 portions of about 55-57g. Roll them round and rest for 15 min.

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5. After resting, press to degas and shape them round again. Place into lined baking tray.

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6. Proof in a closed oven with a cup of hot water for 1 hour.

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7. Bake at 170 deg C for about 20 min.

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32 Comments Add yours

  1. Jane Liu says:

    Confusing cos before the ingredients you stated bake at 190°C…but towards the end of your method stated bake at 170°C. Kindly verify. Thanks.

    Regards,
    Jane

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    1. Stefani says:

      please reread the recipe. it states for loaf bread bake at 190. while the original recipe for buns is baked at 170.

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      1. Poh Swee Ling says:

        I like your bread recipe very much. Been making buns following your recipe. If I add black sesame powder to this recipe, do I have to reduce the flour amount?

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      2. oladybakes says:

        No need to reduce bread flour, should work fine.

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    2. Ai Li Teo says:

      Hi! Sorry if its kind of a silly question…you said to roll the dough into balls and rest for 15mins. Im quite slow in rolling so by the time I finished rolling the last dough, my first bun has already rested for 15mins so do I proceed to the next step or do I have to wait for the last bun to rest for 15mins then proceed together? Thanks

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      1. oladybakes says:

        Yes you can go back to the first bun. This timing is not strict.

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  2. Marie says:

    Hi, can check if make into a loaf, do I need to reduce sugar?

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    1. oladybakes says:

      No need, but you can adjust according to your taste.

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  3. Gynn says:

    May I ask if the dough will still be sticky after kneading ?

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    1. oladybakes says:

      Yes slightly, can lightly flour hands and surfaces to handle.

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  4. Sherlyn says:

    Hi there, can I replace some of the bread flour with wholemeal flour? How much should I replace? Thank you!

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  5. Angela says:

    Hihi!
    Can i check if we want to use wholemeal flour issit use a mix of bread and wholemeal or? I saw your picture looks like wholemeal bread

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    1. oladybakes says:

      Yes replace bread flour with up to 30 percent wholemeal flour.

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  6. Angela says:

    Hihi thanks for the recipe! Would like to check if it’s advisable to double the recipe if i want to make 2 loaves?
    Any changes in kneading time?

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    1. oladybakes says:

      Yes ok. May need to knead a little longer, but not double the time. Need to observe and check dough.

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  7. Wong May Yin says:

    Hi , thank you for sharing . Looks good . Just wondering is the kneading time 20-30 mins of using KitchenAid mixer . I usually knead for only 15 mins

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    1. oladybakes says:

      15 min is fine as long as it’s well kneaded.

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  8. Doreen says:

    Tks fir sharing.. Is it norm that breads will not as soft and fluffy for the next day?

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    1. oladybakes says:

      Yes, it will harden over the days, but this recipe next day should be still soft. Can toast lightly first.

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  9. bakett says:

    Hi like Yr bread receipe very much.. Wanted to check with u how long it take to knead the salt and butter before changing to high speed for the next 20 to 30mins

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    1. oladybakes says:

      Just add salt and butter, then proceed to knead from low to high, total time for me is usually less than 20 min.

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  10. Joanne Chen says:

    can this be made in a panasonic bread maker?

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    1. oladybakes says:

      Should be alright

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  11. sheran says:

    May i know hand knead around how long to achieve window pane pls?

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  12. Bharati says:

    Hi. I’ve been making the egg free yoghurt buns with great success very regularly. I have 2 questions:
    1) Could I replace egg with yoghurt for this fragrant milk bread recipe?
    2) could I proof the dough for 12 hours in the frig (after adding the poolish)?

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  13. Dora says:

    Hi hi can I check for loaf, I only let it rest for 20mins and shape it to loaf and proof for 1 hour? For the buns, you let it rest for 20mins , shape and rest again for 15mins and then proof for 1 hour. The steps are different ? Or I should follow exactly the same steps for bun if making loaf?
    I did the buns and they are soft and nice even on the 2nd 3rd day. Thank you!

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    1. oladybakes says:

      The extra time for buns is to relax it so that you can shape easily. Not strict timing.

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    2. oladybakes says:

      The extra time for buns is to relax it so that you can shape easily. Not strict timing.

      Even for the loaf, when shaping and it does not roll out nicely, you can let the dough rest a while too.

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      1. Dora says:

        Thank you ! The bread is very tasty and like the name it is very fragrant bread. Thank you so much!

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