Hokkaido Milk Bread is a popular kind of bread in Hokkaido – Japan where high quality milk is produced. It’s also the first recipe for bread uses a pretty big amount of whipping cream (150 ml) so I was really curious how the bread will come out in result. And I must say that this Hokkaido Milk Bread (or Hokkaido Milk Loaf) is amazingly wonderful! Beautiful texture, stunning color, soft, tender, milky flavor but not too sweet, it’s best enjoyed with butter or a big cup of hot chocolate 🙂
For this bread, you should spend in average 2-3 hours to finish, starting with the mixture of the ingredients until the bread is out of the oven. Definitely not similar to muffins/cupcakes/cookies/scones, the dough needs time (about 1 hour) to rest and double the volume. After that, you divide the dough in smaller pieces and set aside again. But don’t worry, with the help of a bread machine, you don’t have to make too much efforts ^^
540 grams bread flour
60 grams cake flour
15 grams instant yeast
30 grams milk powder
80 grams granulated sugar
8 grams salt
1 large egg
250 ml fresh milk, room temperature
150 ml whipping cream, room temperature
In a large bowl, mix or whisk together the bread flour, cake flour, sugar, salt, instant yeast and milk powder.
Add the egg, fresh milk and whipping cream into the dry ingredients. If you use a bread machine, set to Dough function until the ingredients are combined. If you do not have a bread machine, mix the dry ingredients with wet ingredients and knead on medium speed with a stand mixer until the dough is smooth, non sticky, and elastic. Cover the bowl with a damp and allow the dough to double in size (for about 45-60 mins)
Punch out the dough and divide it into 4 portions. Shape them into balls and let it rest for about 15-20 mins.
Divide the 4 portions into smaller portions (this time I divide them into 9 smaller portions). Flatten each dough and roll them up. Place all the pieces in the loaf pan or shape them as you want. Allow the dough to rise up to 80% full or double in size again.
Brush with egg wash and bake in a 180 degrees C oven for 30-40 mins until the surface turns lightly brown. Serve.
Good luck and have fun making this bread. Enjoy xoxo