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Condensed Milk Bread

Condensed Milk Bread
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Condensed Milk Bread

This has to be the best bread recipe I have ever made.  It is delicious!!!  Soft, fluffy, buttery and sweet.  It’s sooo good!

I had heard of Japanese Milk Bread, but when I saw Condensed Milk Bread being made I wanted to give it a try.  Unfortunately, the recipe that was provided on YouTube didn’t work out and I had to throw the dough away.  I was able to fix the recipe, making some additional changes and this came out perfect!!!

This is such a great bread recipe, that I plan on making it again with some variations.  Just add the following on top of the dough before you beginning rolling it up into a log: a) shredded Gruyere/Swiss or b) drained jalapeño nacho slices, crispy cooked bacon pieces and shredded cheddar cheese.  Since this recipe makes 2 loaves that will be easy to do.  You could also add a garlic butter spread and some scallions for a great garlic bread variation.

Ingredients

You can make this whole recipe by mixing with a spatula/hands, but I have arthritis in my hands so I used a hand mixer.  After mixing the milk, half-n-half, sweetened condensed milk, egg, sugar and yeast, I switched to dough hooks.  I added the flour, salt and then the softened butter.  It came together to form a dough.  Then I mixed it a little longer so I didn’t have to knead the dough by hand as much.

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, approximately 5 to 6 minutes. Dough is ready for proofing when it does not tear when stretched. This is the window pane test. Stretch the dough thin enough to pass light through it without tearing. Then form the dough into a ball.

Please be aware, that the dough will be very soft and slightly wet, so it may stick to your counter.  I added approximately ¼ cup of all-purpose flour when kneading.  I used a bench scraper to help release the dough from the counter and fold the dough.

Place dough ball in an oiled bowl. Roll the dough ball around in the oil ending with seam side down. Cover with a towel. 1st Proof: Let it the dough sit for an hour in a warm place or until it has doubled in size.

Punch the dough down to deflate the dough and release the gas out of the dough. Remove from the bowl. Flatten the dough and divide the dough in two.

1st piece of dough: Roll and flatten out the dough to a long rectangle. This is where you would add ingredients if doing one of the variations.  Roll the dough up tightly. Seal the edges. Divide the log into 7 pieces. Place all pieces next to each other in a 8 ½” x 4” loaf pan, lined with parchment paper or butter and flour the pan, which is what I did. Actually, I used Wilton’s Cake Release.  Baker’s Joy is a similar product.

2nd Proof:  Cover with a towel and let rest for 40-45 minutes in a warm place. Repeat with the 2nd piece of dough.

Dough in pan

Make the egg wash:  Whisk the egg and milk together.

Eggwash

Before putting the two loaves into the oven, brush the tops of each loaf with the egg wash.  Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 24-28 minutes.

Eggwash on loaves

First loaf fresh from the oven.

Loaf 1

Second loaf fresh from the oven.

Loaf 2

Make the Condensed Milk Butter Glaze: Mix the softened butter with the condensed milk.  Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool down a bit in the loaf pan. Brush the top with the Condensed Milk Butter Glaze. Allow to set and remove the loaf from the pan.

Condensed Milk Glaze

If you have never made bread before read the recipe over a couple of times and just take your time.  It’s not difficult, but if you know how bread dough reacts that will help.

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Condensed Milk Bread

February 6, 2022
: Makes 2 Loaves
: Previous bread making experience is not required.

Tender, soft, buttery and delicious Condensed Milk Bread

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Ingredients
  • ½ cup + 1 tablespoon whole milk, room temp
  • ½ cup half-n-half, room temperature
  • ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 ¼ teaspoon instant yeast
  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup softened butter

    ¼ to ½ cup all-purpose flour for kneading

    Egg Wash:
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk

    Condensed Milk Butter Glaze:
  • 2 ½ tablespoons softened butter
  • 2 ½ tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large bowl, add the milk, half-n-half, sweetened condensed milk, sugar, and instant yeast and mix well.
  • Step 2 Switch to dough hooks if using a stand or hand mixer.  Add the all-purpose flour and salt. Mix until the dough forms. Add the softened butter and mix until incorporated.
  • Step 3 Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, approximately 5 to 6 minutes. Dough is ready for proofing when it does not tear when stretched. This is the window pane test. Stretch the dough thin enough to pass light through it without tearing. Then form the dough into a ball.
  • Step 4 Place dough ball in an oiled bowl. Roll the dough ball around in the oil ending with seam side down. Cover with a towel. 1st Proof: Let it the dough sit for an hour in a warm place or until it has doubled in size.
  • Step 5 Punch the dough down to deflate the dough and release the gas out of the dough. Remove from the bowl. Flatten the dough and divide the dough in two.
  • Step 6 1st piece of dough: Roll and flatten out the dough to a long rectangle. Roll up tightly. Seal the edges. Divide the log into 7 pieces. Place all pieces next to each other in a 7×4” loaf pan, lined with parchment paper or butter and flour the pan. 2nd Proof:  Cover and let rest for 40-45 minutes in a warm place.
  • Step 7 2nd piece of dough:  Repeat the same steps as with the 1st piece of dough.
  • Step 8 Make the egg wash: Whisk the egg and milk together.
  • Step 9 Before putting the two loaves into the oven, brush the tops of each loaf with the egg wash.
  • Step 10 Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 24-28 minutes.
  • Step 11 Make the Condensed Milk Butter Glaze: Mix the softened butter with the condensed milk.
  • Step 12 Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool down a bit in the loaf pan. Brush the top with the Condensed Milk Butter Glaze. Allow to set and remove the loaf from the pan. Brush the top again and allow to set before slicing.
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