Tuesday 9 June 2020

Recipe: Tangzhong Milk Bread - Delicious White Bread with a Great Shelf Life

Tangzhong Milk Bread

So I have been making this recipe for three weeks now and it is fabulous. This makes 2 loaves and it keeps for up to a week in an airtight container. That's if it lasts that long. However, it's a little tricky because it's a very sticky dough so I have a couple of tips.
  • Use a stand mixer or specialised dough mixer if possible - I use my Kitchen Aid with the dough hook attachment. If you need to do it by hand, oil is going to be your friend, because using flour with dry out the dough too much.
  • Handle the dough with oiled gloves or very oily hands.
  • Handle the dough on a well oiled surface or a non-stick silicon baking sheet - my lovely sister bought me a large silicon pasty mat for Christmas last year and it is so useful for this.
Not my image - but this is what it looks like - will swap this out when I remember to take a piccie!

Tangzhong Milk Bread


for the Tangzhong
  • 40g Strong White Bread Flour
  • 200ml/g 0.85 cups water

for the dough
  • 580g/ 4cups Strong White Bread Flour
  • 60g/ 1/4cup sugar
  • 12g/ 2 tsp salt
  • 10g/ 2.5 tsp dried yeast
  • 10g/ 2.5 tsp dried milk powder
  • 260g / 1cup + 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 50g/ 1/2 stick unsalted butter (room temp)
for the glaze
  • 1 egg yolk
  • milk


The Tangzhong - make in advance

Now I have seen recipes that call for this to me made the night before, 6 hrs before and 30 mins before, so it is up to you which you go for depending on what time you have.
  1. Place the flour and water into a shallow pan and heat gently, stirring all the time.
  2. Cook until the mixture is a thick paste.
  3. Transfer to a container and cover with cling film. Place in the fridge for 6hrs or over night, or place in the freezer for 30mins.
  4. Take out and allow to come to room temp before using.
The Bread
  1. Add the flour, sugar, salt, yeast and milk powder to the mixer bowl making sure not to let the salt and yeast come into direct contact.
  2. Mix the ingredients together to ensure proper distribution.
  3. Warm the milk in the microwave for 30s until it is luke warm to the touch.
  4. Add the egg and whisk together.
  5. Add the wet ingredients and the tangzhong to the dry and mix on low speed until the dough is beginning to come together.
  6. Add the butter to the dough and continue to mix on med until combined.
  7. Increase the mixer speed and knead for between 5-10 mins until the gluten is developed and the dough has come away from the sides of the mixer.
  8. Take the dough out and form into a ball by folding the sides under. (If you try this without oiled gloves or very oiled hands it will stick to you and you will never get it into a ball - trust me, this is what happened to me the first time).
  9. Place in an oiled bowl, cover in cling film and allow to rise for at least 45 mins to 1 hr depending on how warm it is. The dough is ready when you can put an oiled finger into it and it holds its shape. (I do this in my Instant Pot on the yoghurt setting - proves in 45 mins then).
  10. Turn out onto a non-stick surface and divide into six.
  11. Roll each into a ball and place under cling film for 15 mins.
  12. Lightly oil 2 2lb (9x5'') loaf pans.
  13. Take each ball and roll out into an oval using a non-stick rolling pin.
  14. Fold the top point of the oval over the middle and press down with the heel of your hand.
  15. Fold the bottom up over the middle and press down with the heel of our hand.
  16. Take one of the non-folded edges and press over like the first roll of a swiss roll and press the edge into the main dough with finger tips so it sticks.
  17. Roll up and seal the edge by pinching it, so you have a mini roll the approx width of the loaf pan and 1/3 the length (looks to be a similar shape to a pain au chocolat).
  18. Place in one end of the loaf pan.
  19. Repeat 13-18 until there are three rolls in each tin next to each other.
  20. Cover with cling film and allow to rise in a warm spot for 30 mins, until the dough is up to the top of the loaf pans.
  21. Pre-heat the over to 180C/355F
  22. Beat together an egg yolk and a little milk to form the glaze.
  23. Brush the tops of the loaves gently with the glaze.
  24. Bake for 25 mins - they will turn a lovely deep golden brown.
  25. Allow to cool on a wire rack.

This bread makes the most amazing eggy bread/egg flip or French toast. One small slice can suck up a whole egg! It is also delicious for sandwiches and toast.

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