Are You Bready to Make Hokkaido Milk Bread? Here’s How It’s Done

The quarantine has woken up the inner chef in a lot of people. That’s why these past few weeks, our feeds have been populated with pictures of homemade food. Oddly enough, a lot of them are baked goods – particularly bread.

While seemingly daunting, there are a few easy ones that even beginners can do. Marjorie Pineda-Uy of Women in Digital shares her recipe for Hokkaido Milk Bread— a treat that she and her husband often enjoyed back in Japan. With limited commodities available in groceries and a lot of time at home, she has upgraded her baking skills and created her own take on this fluffy, soft, and buttery bread.

Check out her recipe here:

Photo from Marjorie Pineda-Uy

How to Make Hokkaido Milk Bread



  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tbsp of sugar
  • 2 tsp of active dry yeast
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour and 1/2 cup for kneading
  • 1/4 cup of regular sugar or 1/8 cup if you’re using Stevia or Sugarlyte
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 large egg or 2 small eggs
  • 1/3 cup of melted butter


  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp of milk


  1. Preheat your oven at 180C (356 F).
  2. Heat the milk in the microwave for less than 10 seconds or until warm. Make sure it’s not too hot. Add in your yeast and sugar. Mix together and wait for tiny bubbles to form, then set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat 1 medium egg, and pour in the yeast mixture and melted butter. Gradually add some all-purpose flour and fold the ingredients together.
  4. Sprinkle flour on the surface where you’ll be kneading your bread. Work the dough for 10 minutes or until smooth. If the dough seems too dry, you can add 1 to 2 tsp of oil or butter while kneading.
  5. Transfer to a bowl and cover with cling wrap. Let it rest for about an hour or until the dough doubles in size.
  6. Remove the cling wrap when done, and press on the dough to remove air.
  7. Return to the kneading mat, and cut the dough into three. Form into little rolls or a long loaf, depending on your preference.
  8. Place the dough in your baking tray. Cover it with a kitchen towel and let it rest for another 30 minutes, or until it doubles in size.
  9. Make an egg wash by mixing your egg and milk. Brush on the dough.
  10. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until slightly brown on top.
  11. Remove from the oven and let it cool. Serve while hot.

Extra Tips:

  • Use fresh ingredients to make better bread. You can preserve the quality of your ingredients by storing them in an airtight container away from direct sunlight.
  • Keep yeast in an airtight container in the fridge.

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