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What Is Milk Bread And Is It Vegan?

by Fabian Jackson

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Japanese milk bread, also known by its traditional name of Hokkaido, is a light and fluffy bread made from enriched dough. If you’ve seen the bakers make milk dough show stoppers on the Bake Off this year then you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about. 

What is milk bread? 

It’s a tender loaf of bread made from the enriched dough (think the same category as brioche or babka) that originates from Japan. You start with a roux starter, also known as tangzhong which is then mixed into the dough.

It’s a dough where precision matters and accuracy is key.

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Is milk bread suitable for vegans? 

No, traditional milk bread isn’t suitable for vegans because it typically includes eggs and daily milk in the recipe. However, it’s more than possible to make vegan-friendly versions. 

Vegan milk bread recipes 

Check out our favourite plant-based milk bread recipes here next.

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Fabian Jackson
by Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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