Hokkaido Milk Bread is incredibly soft and airy bread made with a simple technique involving a roux "starter," known as tangzhong.
Try for yourself, it won’t disappoint you. I think this will make beautiful hot dog buns. I am not sure about hamburger buns as it is really soft. Here comes the recipe.
Hokkaido Milk Bread
- For The Tangzhong Flour-Water Roux
- ⅓ cup/50g Bread flour
- ½ cup/116g water
- ½ cup/114g milk
- For The Dough:
- 3 cups/420g Bread flour I used King Arthur flour unbleached bread flour
- 3 tablespoon + 2tsp/ 51g sugar
- 1 tsp/6.2g salt
- 2 ½ tbsp/16.8g powdered milk
- 3 tsp/8.5 active dried yeast I used Red Star Yeast
- ½ cup/114 milk and a little more if needed
- ¼ cup /53g heavy whipping cream 25% fat
- ⅓ cup/117g tangzhong use HALF of the tangzhong from above
- 2 tablespoon /32gm unsalted butter softened at room temperature
- 1 egg + l teaspoon of water for egg wash.
- The Tangzhong (Flour-Water Roux):
- In a medium saucepan whisk together lightly the flour, water and milk in a saucepan until smooth and there are no lumps. Place the saucepan on the stove, and over medium heat, let the roux cook till it starts thickening. Keep stirring/ whisking constantly so no lumps form and the roux is smooth.
- If you have a thermometer, cook the roux/ tangzhong till it reaches 65C (150F) and take it off the heat. If you don’t have a thermometer, then watch the roux/ tangzhong until you start seeing “lines” forming in the roux/ tangzhong as you whisk/ stir it. Take the pan off the heat at this point.
- Let the roux/ tangzhong cool completely and rest for about 2 to 3 hours at least. If not using immediately, transfer the roux to a bowl and cover using plastic wrap. It can be stored in the refrigerator until the color changes . Discard the tangzhong after that.
- In a bowl of kitchenaid stand mixer add bread flour, salt, sugar and milk powder and set aside.
- In a microwave safe bowl heat milk, whipping cream and butter for about 30 seconds and set aside.
- In a small bowl add 3 tablespoon of lukewarm water and add active dry yeast and set aside for 5 minutes.
- Kitchenaid stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment mix in, tangzhong mixture, milk-cream-butter and yeast mixture into flour mixture. Remove the paddle attachment and attach dough hook and knead until it become soft and sticky for about 15 minutes on medium speed. Once the dough starts leaves the side and knead with hand for about 3 more minutes or until when you pull the dough it will spread without tearing, means it passes window pan test.
- Remove the dough and place it into well oil pan bowl for doubling. Cover with plastic wrap and a towel, and let the dough rise for about 90 minutes or till almost double in volume.
- Place the dough on your working surface. About 862g dough divide into 4 equal pieces of 215g. You don’t need flour to work or shape this dough.
- Roll out each portion of the dough with a rolling pin into an oval shape, about ⅛” thick. Take one end of the dough from the shorter side of the oval and fold it to the middle of the oval. Take the other end and fold so it slightly overlaps the other fold.
- Roll this folded dough with the rolling pin so the unfolded edges are stretched out to form a rectangle. Roll the rectangle from one short edge to the other, pinching the edges to seal well. Do this with each of the four larger pieces and place them, sealed edges down, in a well-oiled loaf tin. Cover with a towel and leave the dough to rise for about 49 minutes.
- Carefully brush the tops of the dough with egg wash and bake at 350F for about 1 hours or it registers an internal temperature of 190-200 F. If the top starts browning earlier, tent the loaf tin with foil to prevent extra burning. Let them cool in the tins for about 5 minutes and then unmold and transfer to a rack till slightly warm or cool.
This is Swathi ( Dr. Ambujom Saraswathy Ph.D) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.