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Japanese milk bread in a cube shape.

Milk Bread Cube

Fluffy and rich milk bread baked in the shape of a perfect cube.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Rising Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 15 mins
Course Baking, Bread
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4
Calories 347 kcal


  • oven
  • 10 cm square Pullman loaf pan



  • 25 g. bread flour
  • 40 ml. whole milk hot


  • 140 ml. whole milk lukewarm
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 2.5 g. instant yeast
  • 240 g. bread flour
  • 15 g. granulated sugar
  • 2.5 g. Kosher salt
  • 30 ml. whipping cream
  • 15 g. butter unsalted, room temperature


Flour Paste

  • In a microwave-safe bowl combine the flour and hot milk. Stir well. Microwave for 10 seconds to form a very thick paste. Stir to soften.


  • In a small bowl combine the lukewarm milk, honey, yeast. Stir to dissolve. Allow to rest 5 minutes.
  • In a separate large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt.
  • Tear the flour paste into small pieces and add to the dry mixture.
  • Add the yeast mixture and whipping cream. Mix into a shaggy dough.
  • Turn the dough out and knead (3-5 minutes) until the surface of the dough is smooth.
  • Flatten the dough and add the butter. Fold the edges over the butter and knead to incorporate.
  • Using cupped hands shape the dough into a ball with a tight skin.
  • Place the dough into a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Place in a warm spot for 1 hour or until the dough doubles in volume.
  • Invert the dough on to a countertop and gently de-gas pressing it into a disk. Divide into 2 equal pieces.
  • Take one piece of dough and draw up the sides to form a parcel. Turn it over with the seam on the bottom and use cupped hands to shape it into a tight ball. Repeat with the remaining dough ball.
  • Cover loosely with plastic wrap or a damp towel and allow the dough to rest for 15 minutes.
  • While the dough is resting, use a pastry brush to butter the inside and lid of the loaf pan.
  • Use a rolling pin to de-gas the dough and roll into a 8-9" oval. Fold the sides of the dough allowing the edges to meet in the center. Gently roll the dough out again until it's ~11"-12".
  • Thin out the one of the short sides of the dough by pinching it out. At the opposite end, roll the dough up tightly. Pinch to seal.
  • Place the rolled dough seam side down into the buttered pan. Use the back of your knuckles to gently press the dough down.
  • Cover and allow to rise 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  • Preheat oven to 370˚F/190˚C.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  • Unmold from pan and allow to cool before slicing.


Calories: 347kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 10gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 293mgPotassium: 140mgFiber: 2gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 278IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 67mgIron: 1mg
Keyword baking, bread, cube, Japanese, milk bread
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