About this recipe:Because I make bread and buns so often, I believe this needs no introduction anymore. It’s our weekly staple but in different shapes. I love how fragrant this milk bread is, good to eat even if it’s good ol’ plain! You can also turn this milk loaf recipe into a red bean bun recipe! See my blog for more details!
Place milk, egg, followed by caster sugar, salt, bread flour and yeast into the pan of the bread machine. Set to Dough function. Add in the butter after 8 ~ 10 mins into the kneading cycle. Continue to let the bread machine do the kneading. Stop the machine after the kneading cycle. Re-start the machine and let the dough knead for another 10mins before stopping the machine.
Remove dough from the bread pan, let it proof in room temperature in a mixing bowl, covered with cling wrap. Let proof for 60mins.
Remove dough and punch out the gas. Divide dough into 3 equal portion. Roll and shape into balls. Let the doughs rest and relax for 15 mins. (this ‘relaxing’ time is needed so that the dough will be easier to roll out and shape).
On a lightly floured surface, flatten one dough and roll out into a longish shape. Roll up the dough swiss-roll style. Do the same for the two remaining doughs.
Flatten the rolled-up dough and roll out again into a long rectangular shape. Roll up tightly, and make as many rolls you can, swiss-roll style for the second time. Do the same for the two remaining doughs.
Place doughs in lightly greased bread tin/pan. Let the doughs proof for the second time, until it fills up 80% of the tin/pan. Cover with cling wrap.
Bake at pre-heated oven at 180 ~ 190 deg C for 30 to 35mins.
Unmould the bread immediately when removed from the oven. Let cool completely before slicing.
The above is a basic milk loaf recipe. If you are gonna shape the bread into individual buns, skip step 4 and 5.
Instead, divide the dough to roughly 60g each and roll them into a ball. Flatten it, put in the red bean filling and conceal nicely. Again, flatten the ball down and using a very sharp knife, make deep cuts all the way down around the dough. This will give the bread the flower shape. Resume method 6-8 but if you don’t cover up using cling wrap, it’s fine too :)