Nothing whets the appetite like the aroma of a yeast bread baking in the oven. This is my recipe for making a really Sweet Milk Bread. I use this for my French toast and sandwiches as well. To start with I must say that this recipe calls for Bread Flour and
not all purpose Flour.
Growing up, we lived a couple of blocks away from the bakery so we had access to fresh Bread almost every time, so when I left Nigeria few years back I began to crave for that sweet, soft and slightly chewy Nigerian Bread that I grew up with. I searched different grocery stores and even some African stores but I did not get exactly what I wanted, I was left with no choice than to start trying out recipes. I tried out a ton of Bread recipes both online and in books, and years after (yes you read right, years!) I was able to come up with this beautiful sweet milk bread recipe after a lot of trials, fails and now success!
There are a couple of Bread recipes that I usually make in my house (we love Bread) but this particular recipe tops the list when it comes to white loaf. This Bread doesn’t last at all, sometimes we forget about the Tea, Sauce, Butter or Eggs and the Bread is all gone in less than 24 hours. That is how much we like the Bread.
I am not promising you that this is ”Agege bread” per se but it definitely satisfied my cravings (you can read my FAQ on my bread here).
Sweet Milk Bread recipe
- 6 to 61/2 Cups of Flour
- 1 Cup of Sugar
- 1/2 Teaspoon Vitamin C Vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Teaspoon of Salt
- 3 Tablespoons of Butter
- 2 Tablespoons of Yeast
- 1 Cup of Water
- 1 Cup of Milk
- 2 Eggs
- Mix the Yeast and 1 Tablespoon of Sugar with half of a Cup of Water and allow the Yeast to Proof for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add all the ingredients and the proofed yeast (except the butter) inside the Mixing Bowl. Set the mixer to medium speed and begin to mix.
- After about 4 to 5 minutes of mixing the dough, turn off the mixer and add the butter. Then continue to mix for about 2 to 3 more minutes until the dough becomes elastic and pulls away from the sides of the Bowl.
- Coat the dough as well as the Bowl with some Oil, cover it with a damp cloth and place it in a warm place to rise for 1 hour or until it doubled in size. I usually place mine in the Oven with the oven light on.
- Now punch down the Dough. Don't over beat it.
- Transfer it onto a floured work surface and divide the Dough into 4
- Shape your Bread by first making it into a ball, then shape it into a loaf. You can also knead the dough into a rectangular shape with a rolling pin and then tightly roll it up (as you would a Mat) into a loaf.
- Place the loaves into a greased pan and leave to rise for another 30 Minutes.
- Place into a 350 degrees Fahrenheit preheated Oven and bake between 20 to 30 minutes.
- Leave to cool for a couple of minutes and enjoy!
1-I added Vitamin C Powder. This can also be replaced with Vinegar. This acts as a preservative and it also creates an acidic environment which helps the Yeast to work better.
2-The Butter helps to enhance the flavor, texture and moisture in the bread.
3-I steamed up the Oven so that the Dough will have enough time to rise before the crust is formed.
4-I Buttered the Bread surface to get a shiny,soft and tender crust.
All my measurements are done using the standard American measuring Cup. You can find the corresponding metric conversions here.
Watch the step by step video on how to make this sweet Milk Bread