Japanese milk bread is fluffy, moist and it stays soft for days due to a simple technique called tangzhong. The dough is versatile enough for rolls, sandwich bread and more.
The holidays are here in full swing, which means you've probably eaten your fair share homemade cookies and candy and all of those delicious holiday treats. Seriously, who can pass up that mouthwatering divinity?
By this time each December, I always feel a bit sugared out. If you can relate, then you'll love today's recipe. I've decided it's time to take a break from all of the holiday treats with a recipe inspired by our trip to Japan in 2017: milk bread.
These rolls are incredibly soft and fluffy. And the secret to the softness? Tangzhong - a Japanese technique where you cook a portion of flour and water and then mix it in with the rest of the bread dough.
The paste creates a bread that stays surprisingly moist and fluffy for several days (click here to check out the science behind how it works and adapt the method for any of your favorite yeast bread recipes).
Once you try milk bread and learn the tangzhong method (which is mindblowingly easy!), you'll never go back to making bread the same way ever again.
Seriously though, how come it took me so long to figure out how to make super soft, basically melt-in-your-mouth bread?
If you're looking for a good dish to take to a holiday dinner, you can't go wrong with Japanese milk bread. I can guarantee that everyone will be asking you for the recipe. Or if you need an easy neighbor gift to take around, you could try your hand at some milk bread cinnamon rolls.
I can just imagine that now. Soft, fluffy layers of dough rolled up between layers of sweet cinnamon and sugar...Amazing.
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