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🍞 Japanese Milk Bread Rolls

Japanese Milk Bread Rolls

🍽 Serves ⏲ Total Time
10 3.08 hours

🧂 Ingredients - Tangzhong

  • 🌾 14 g bread flour
  • 💧 43 g water
  • 🥛 43 g whole milk

🧂 Ingredients - Dough

  • 🌾 300 g bread flour
  • 🥛 14 g milk powder
  • 🍬 50 g granulated sugar
  • 🧂 2 tsp salt
  • 🦠 1 Tbsp instant yeast
  • 🥛 113 g whole milk
  • 🥚 1 large egg
  • 🧈 57 g unsalted butter

🧂 Ingredients - Egg Wash

  • 🥚 1 large egg
  • 🧊 1 Tbsp cold water

🍳 Cookware

  • 1 small saucepan
  • 1 small mixing bowl
  • 1 8" or 9" round cake pan

📝 Instructions

Step 1

Weigh your bread flour; or measure it by gently spooning it into a cup, then sweeping off any excess.

Step 2

To make the tangzhong: Combine bread flour, water, and whole milk in a small saucepan, and whisk until no lumps remain.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Transfer the tangzhong to a small mixing bowl or measuring cup and let it cool to room temperature.

Step 5

To make the dough: Combine the tangzhong with the bread flour, milk powder, granulated sugar, salt, instant yeast, whole milk, egg, and melted unsalted butter, then mix and knead - by hand, mixer, or bread machine - until a smooth, elastic dough forms.

Step 6

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.

Step 7

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.

Step 8

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.

Step 9

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 center of the middle roll should read at least 190°F.

Step 10

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.

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