57 comments

  1. says:

    September 29, 2014 at 9:20 am

    I’m so impressed: your breads are always so gorgeous that I can’t believe you’ve only been breadmaking for a year. I’ve tried a few breads here and there, but they’re never this pretty!

    A new school year with new students always unnerve me. It’s like Harry Potter: no matter when your birthday is, it’s actually September / the beginning of the school year that marks how we’re growing up.

    • tworedbowls says:

      September 30, 2014 at 10:14 am

      It is unnerving, isn’t it?! And so funny — you’re right, I feel like September will always feel more like a beginning than January ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much for your kind words, Myriam! I’m sure you could make this bread!!

  2. stephanie says:

    September 29, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    i love your dreamy photos cynthia. and i love that you kneaded by hand. i’ve been dreaming of making milk toast, but with my kitchen aid in storage i didn’t know if it was possible by hand, but now i know it is! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. says:

    September 29, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    love. i definitely want to make these. we buy milk bread (well as of late multi-grain) every week from a local korean bakery. now that the weather is getting colder i want to get serious about baking my own bread. i hope it’ll be a painless experience! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. says:

    September 29, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    IF you have me over as guest, and found me say, in the morning half-naked, bending down and sinking my face in one of these open loaf… Not eating… Just simply sniffing and inhaling…. Don’t. Call. The. Police.

  5. says:

    September 29, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    love these captures, cynthia! and that bread looks so delightfully plump!

    i am totally with you on the whole yeast/rise/it’s alive situation! i rarely use it (mostly because i’m too afraid to test any gluten free bread recipes out), but i made a couple of challahs this past week to bring to my parent’s house for rosh hashanah; and i was so, so happy to get back in the yeast/gluten groove! have a great week, lovely! xo

  6. says:

    September 29, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    OH my goodness! Those are the cutest little perfect buns of bread! I’m so so happy you posted this, Cynthia because I have always wanted to try it and have been just a hair intimidated. Thank you for testing for us! With cooler weather returning (uhhhh soon, I hope!) I can’t wait to bake and bake and bake. Starting with this. Gosh, toasted with condensed milk YES PLEASE! I love it! I had this amazing coconut jam or something in New York at a Filipino brunch spot. I still dream about it on pandan. Nope — pandesal. Or something? I’m rambling. I always love looking at your photos, they’re so beautifully and expertly done!

  7. says:

    September 29, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Oh daaaanngggg look at those rolls! Okay that sounds weird, hehe. But in all seriousness, this is so so beautiful! I too have become obsessed with yeast breads and just can’t seem to NOT bake with them nowadays. ๐Ÿ˜€ Seeing the magic of yeast happen is just so much fun. And man, these pictures are so gorgeous! I can’t imagine how tricky it must have been to photograph these.

  8. says:

    September 30, 2014 at 1:57 am

    These might just be some of my favorite photos of yours, but it’s hard to say considering how lovely your photography always is. Either way, this entire post is simply beautiful. My bread would never come out as perfectly as this, but I might give it a try anyway; it sounds dreamy!

  9. says:

    October 1, 2014 at 3:37 am

    Time DOES sprout wings, doesn’t it? I had the same feeling when I looked at my friend over lunch the other day and had to remind him he’s a third-year–and I’m a year above him! Geesh. It’s probably been a year since I started making yeast breads, too–and I really do love sweet breads. Great share, Cynthia!

  10. says:

    October 3, 2014 at 5:37 am

    I know that feeling! It was so odd to have a new batch of grads come through the door, realising that I had been there for 1.5yrs and still feeling so overwhelmed. It’s been 5 years and I still get the same uneasy feeling every time a new cohort come through the door! This bread looks delicious, I’ve just started experimenting with brioche so I might have to add this onto the list! Thanks!!

  11. says:

    October 3, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Feeling bolstered by this approachable recipe โ€“โ€“ I’m usually the worst with yeasted stuff, but almost feel like I could do it. And your images are just ***stunning.***

  12. says:

    October 3, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Hi dearie!
    This is the prettiest blog I’ve come across.
    I am following you to see more of your ventures.
    Oh god when I am baking this beautiful loaf.
    hmm, sometimes when Iโ€™ll come out of my laziness.
    Love & hugs!

  13. says:

    October 4, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Currently waiting for my bread to come out the oven. Was so inspired by your photos I just had to make this my weekend project! So excited. Thank you for the recipe on f52

  14. says:

    October 6, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    I made this last week and blogged about it here: http://www.hellokelinda.com/2014/10/hokkaido-milk-bread/

    The first version I tried proofing in the fridge overnight but it never came back to life the next day. Boooo. But the second time, I made it without overnight proofing and it was amazing! Your instructions are so clear, and the flavor reminds me of my childhood visits to the Asian bakery. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for this! I may try rolling in some coconut and milk powder with the next batch too, or maybe some cinnamon and raisins!

  15. says:

    October 21, 2014 at 10:44 am

    you are the MASTER OF THE FROZEN IN TIME FOOD PREP SHOT. that big old dolloping egg yolk, that perfect pour of milk … love your photos so much, cynthia! bookmarking this recipe, too … tagged “ASIAN” hehe!! xoxo

  16. says:

    October 21, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Cynthia, I loved your recipe so much that I featured it in my latest post! Credited to you of course, with a link back to TwoRedBowls. I added a little something special to my version. I’d love it if you’d check it out, and thanks again for this recipe!

  17. Michele says:

    November 4, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Hi! I’ve been looking for a recipe like this for AGES so thanks! How big is the tin you used? I just bought a Pullman loaf tin to make this bread and when it arrived, I realised it is HUGE. It’s a 1200 gram tin. I take it your recipe doesn’t make that large a loaf? Should I double or triple the quantities in your recipe?

    • tworedbowls says:

      October 5, 2015 at 4:05 pm

      Hi Michele! Did you ever try this out with the 1200g tin? From a quick Google it looked like the 1200g tin was 15×5, so I think a double batch would work well, perhaps baked it a bit longer — I used a 9×4 tin for this loaf. I figure I’m way way too late to be of any help to you, but hope that you found a recipe that worked for your tin!!

  18. says:

    July 20, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Hello! I made these milk bread yesterday and they were so soft and tasty *just that I placed them on the upper rack and they browned too quickly! Nevertheless, this bread is so addictive. Love Asian Breads!

    Chocolate swirled milk bread will be even more delish!

    Thank you for being such an inspiration! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Jops says:

    October 4, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Hello! This has been my favorite milk bread recipe and has used it a few times, so THANK YOU!!! but just last night, I doubled the recipe, because the husband requested for me to double it since this loaf doesn’t really last that long,( we could eat it in a day, it’s that gooood! ) Anyway, I baked them today, and they turned out as expected: soft, fluffy, and really dreamy….But! They kinda smell like alcohol, or like some gas. They tasted a bit like alcohol too. Wondered maybe if I used too much yeast? Or I over proofed my dough? Maybe when I double again the recipe, I shouldn’t double the yeast? Much thanks for your reply! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • tworedbowls says:

      October 5, 2015 at 4:01 pm

      Hi Jops! I’m SO happy to hear that you liked the recipe, but sorry you had issues when you doubled it! I actually have had that alcohol smell happen to my bread a few times in the past too, mostly when I’ve done overnight proofs. My theory is that it happens when I seal the container too tightly and the gas from the yeast can’t escape — do you remember if yours was sealed well? Like you suggested, though, I’ve also found that it’s also more likely to happen when the dough has more yeast (though I think you still did the right thing by doubling it exactly!) so you could try using 2 tsp yeast for the double batch instead of 3 tsp and that should be fine, especially with a long cool rise in the refrigerator.

      I’d love to hear how it goes if you try it out again! Hope the next round works out better — and thank you so much for the kind words!

      • says:

        October 9, 2015 at 7:45 pm

        Thank you so much for your kind reply! Yes, I remembered my bowl was sealed tightly with cling film during proofing.

        So, anyway, I doubled again the recipe, but used just 2 1/4 tsp of yeast. I also didn’t do an overnight proof this time, just a maximum of 5hrs proofing at room temp, not in the fridge. And they turned out perfect like the very first time I had it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Although I think just a 2 tsp of yeast would be enough for a beautiful, tall rise.

        Also, this time, I turned your bread into chocolate and milk marble bread, added some cocoa to some of my dough before the first rise so that I can get my kids more excited for their bread for breakfast. I posted it on instagam and hashtag the recipe to #tworedbowls . So again, Thank you so so much for this recipe! It has really become our family’s favorite bread. All the best! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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