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5 from 3 votes

Milk Bread

Milk bread is the perfect sandwich bread: soft, fluffy, and easy to slice. It has a subtle yeast flavor that adds tons of flavor! It’s also amazing toasted with butter and jam.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Inactive Prep (Rising) Time3 hrs
Total Time4 hrs
Course: Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Milk Bread
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 324kcal
Author: Jennifer Farley


  • 2 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 9 ounces bread flour (2 cups using Spoon & Level Method)
  • 6 3/4 to 9 ounces all-purpose flour (1 1/2 to 2 cups using Spoon & Level Method)
  • 1 cup whole or 2% milk warm (105-115 degrees F)
  • 2 1/2 ounces unsalted butter melted
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon Heavy cream or milk, for brushing


  • Add yeast, sugar, salt, bread flour, and 6 3/4 ounces (or 1 1/2 cups) all-purpose flour to the bowl of a stand mixer, whisking together. With the machine running on medium-low or low speed, slowly add the milk, butter and egg. Gradually add in as much of the remaining all-purpose flour as needed until the dough is moist but not sticky. (Note: I only need around 1/2 of the remaining flour).
  • Knead for about 10 minutes on medium speed until the dough is smooth. Transfer to an oiled bowl and turn over once to coat with oil. Cover loosely with plastic and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, 1 to 1 1/2 hours (30 to 45 minutes with fast-acting instant yeast).
  • Punch down, knead briefly, refrigerate for 30 minutes. Form into loaf, place in greased 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 loaf pan. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, 1 to 1 1/2 hours (30 to 45 minutes with fast-acting instant yeast).
  • Preheat oven to 375 F, brush top of loaf with cream, bake for 35-45 minutes, or until the top is golden and the bottom sounds hollow when tapped. Cool completely on a wire rack (don’t slice first or steam escaping will pull moisture from bread).


If you don't have a stand mixer, you can combine in a large bowl using a spatula, and then knead the ingredients in the same bowl. If the dough it too sticky, you can lightly oil your hands.
Loosely adapted from Joy of Cooking.


Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 302mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 2mg