Japanese Milk Bread Rolls

Recipes for baking breads and rolls
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Japanese Milk Bread Rolls

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Tangzhong (starter)

3 tablespoons (43g) water
3 tablespoons (43g) AE Dairy Whole Milk
2 tablespoons (14g) unbleached bread flour


2 cups (244g) unbleached bread flour
½ cup white whole-wheat flour (61g)
2 tablespoons nonfat dry milk powder (11g)
2 tablespoons (25g) sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon instant yeast
½ cup (113g) AE Dairy Whole Milk + more for brushing rolls
1 large egg, beaten
4 tablespoons (57g) unsalted butter, melted + more for brushing on rolls
Flaky sea salt


For the Tangzhong, vigorously whisk together 3 tablespoons water, 3 tablespoons AE Whole Milk, and 2 tablespoons bread flour in a small saucepan until thoroughly combined and no lumps remain.

Cook Tangzhong over low heat, whisking constantly, until thickened and whisk leaves a trail on bottom of pan, 3–5 minutes.

Transfer Tangzhong to the bowl of a stand mixer (or large bowl is mixing by hand) and let cool to room temperature.

For the dough, combine bread flour, whole-wheat flour, milk powder, sugar, salt and yeast in a medium bowl; set aside.

Add AE Whole Milk, egg and melted butter to stand mixer with Tangzhong; stir to combine. Add flour mixture to stand mixer, attach dough hook to mixer and turn mixer to low speed. Mix and knead until a smooth, elastic dough forms, 8–9 minutes.

Remove dough from mixer, briefly knead a couple of times by hand then transfer to a large greased bowl; cover bowl with a kitchen towel or loosely with plastic and let rest until puffy but not quite doubled in size, 75–90 minutes.

Gently punch down dough; divide it into 8 equal pieces. Form dough pieces into smooth, taut rounds (see recipe note below).

Place dough rounds in a generously greased 9-inch cake pan (round or square). Cover Pan with a kitchen towel or loosely with plastic and let rounds rest until puffy, 45–50 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the oven to 350°F with rack set in middle position.

Brush rounds with AE Whole Milk. Bake rolls until tops are golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 190ºF, 25–28 minutes.

Transfer pan to a wire rack; let rolls cool in pan for 10–25 minutes. Run a butter knife around edges of pan and gently lift rolls out of pan; transfer to wire rack.

Brush tops of rolls with melted butter and sprinkle with sea salt.
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Re: Japanese Milk Bread Rolls

Post by Burnbern »

Thanks for posting. They do look lovely am I’m going to save this recipe. 👍😁
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