Kindred's Milk Bread - Japanese method Tangzhong
Kindred Milk Bread - uses the Japanese method called Tangzhong (milk is cooked with flour) and they are so light,fluffy, rich and delicious! Easy and fast rising, too. Can make in large pans

There are times you can’t help yourself, you just have to make a recipe – and this is one of those times! This is Kindred’s Milk Bread. It’s served at Kindred Restaurant in Davidson, North Carolina to every dinner table. It’s a beautiful thing, this bread.  Make it – I promise you you’ll love it!

Kindred's Milk Bread - Japanese method Tangzhong
Kindred’s Milk Bread

I was first seduced by a photo of this Milk Bread I saw online and then I started seeing references in magazines – first Bon Appetit, then Food & Wine, and finally a lovely post on Food 52. I’ve made it twice in three days. To say it’s a bit addictive is an understatement!

The Kindred Restaurant uses this dough for all kinds of things but I really love their little pans of rolls. It’s a fun bread to eat and to make, and amazingly quick. There’s loads of yeast and 1/3 cup of honey in the bread and that speeds the rising right along – the rolls were out of the oven from start to finish in just under two hours.

Kindred's Milk Bread - Japanese method Tangzhong
Kindred’s Milk Bread, removed from the pan so you can see how darling it is!

Speaking of pans – I couldn’t justify spending big bucks on special little pans for this bread, but what I do have is several smallish casseroles, kind of like the ones I got at Pier 1 years ago – the size was close enough and the bread turned out beautifully. They’re about five inches across. Kindred also recommended Jumbo muffin cups.

The first time I made the breads, I checked the rise too late (at about 40 minutes; the recipe said an hour but I fiddled a bit with the salt which can affect rise) and they were a little higher than they should be. I didn’t get the great oven spring that makes this bread really almost “thrust” out of the pans like I did for the ones in these photos. Look for them to rise just over the top of the pan then get them into the oven.

Kindred's Milk Bread - Japanese method Tangzhong
Kindred’s Milk Bread

This recipe, by the way, is more than forgiving. I used what bread flour I had for the first batch and regular flour for the next. I also used milk instead of cream; the bread turned out great both times. I do use less salt than the original recipe and the first time, I made a mistake and used a stick of butter instead of a half stick! None of it mattered, it was still great. So go ahead and make it – it’s amazingly easy and will make you look like a genius!!

When I made my little pans of rolls, I divided some of the dough into three and some into four. I think the four would be a more normal size, but there were three of us at the house. We feasted on it, gave some to neighbors and made peanut butter toast with some. We ate it with butter, we ate it with jam, and we had some FOR dinner one night and with dinner on another!

Kindred's Milk Bread - Japanese method Tangzhong
Kindred’s Milk Bread

Kindred Milk Bread

  • Servings: see below
  • Difficulty: medium
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  • 5⅓ cups bread flour, divided, plus more for surface (all-purpose may be used)
  • 1 cup heavy cream (milk works)
  • ⅓ cup mild honey (such as wildflower or alfalfa)
  • 3 tablespoons non fat dry milk powder
  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast (from about 3 envelopes)
  • 1 tablespoons Morton’s kosher salt (see conversion table if you don’t wish to use kosher)
  • 3 large eggs (2 for dough, one to brush rolls)
  • 4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, room temperature
  • Non-stick vegetable oil spray
  • Flaky sea salt (optional)

Cook ⅓ cup flour and 1 cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat, whisking constantly, until a thick paste forms (almost like a roux but looser), about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add cream (or milk) and honey. Whisk till dissolved.

Transfer mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook (note: make sure the flour mixture isn’t too hot for the yeast) and add milk powder, yeast, kosher salt, 2 eggs, and 5 cups flour.

Knead on medium speed until dough is smooth, about 5 minutes. If dough is climbing up the dough hook, add water, about a teaspoon at a time. If dough is not forming a ball, add flour, a teaspoon at a time.

Add butter, a piece at a time, fully incorporating into dough before adding the next piece, until dough is smooth, shiny, and elastic, about 4 minutes.

Coat a large bowl with non-stick spray and transfer dough to bowl, turning to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 30 minutes to 1 hour.

If making rolls, lightly coat a 6-cup jumbo muffin pans or small casseroles with non-stick spray. Turn out dough onto a floured surface and divide into 6 pieces. Divide each piece into 4 smaller pieces (you should have 24 total). They don’t need to be exact; just eyeball it. Place 4 pieces of dough side-by-side in each muffin cup.
 (No need to shape into balls, although you can.)

If making loaves, lightly coat two 9 x 5″ loaf pans with non-stick spray. Turn out dough onto a floured surface and divide into 4 pieces. Nestle pieces side-by-side to create a row down length of pan.

If making split-top buns, lightly coat two 13 x 9″ baking dishes with nonstick spray. Divide dough into 12 pieces and shape each into a 4″-long log. Place 6 logs in a row down length of each dish.

Let shaped dough rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size (dough should be just puffing over top of pan), about 30 minutes to 1 hour.

While dough is rising, preheat oven to 375°.

Beat remaining egg with 1 teaspoon of water in a small bowl to blend. Brush top of dough with egg wash and sprinkle with sea salt, if desired. Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until bread is deep golden brown, starting to pull away from the sides of the pan, and is baked through,

22–35 minutes for the small pans of rolls, 50–60 minutes for loaf, or 30–40 minutes for buns.

If making buns, slice each bun down the middle deep enough to create a split-top. Let milk bread cool slightly in pan on a wire rack before turning out; let cool completely or serve warm.

Do Ahead: Bread can be baked 5 days ahead; store tightly wrapped at room temperature.

from the kitchen of, adapted (slightly) from Kindred Restaurant, Davidson, NC


Today, of course, I’ll be linking to our very own Throwback Thursday Link Party, hosted by Quinn of Dad What’s for Dinner, Meaghan of 4 Sons are Us, Alli of Tornadough, Carlee from Cooking with Carlee and Moi! That’s right – me!

Click over to our latest Throwback Thursday post for links to their blogs and social media, rules and more info or, as always, to see all the links or add your own, click on the little blue frog, below.

And, as I do almost every Friday, I’ll be linking up to Angie’s Fiesta Friday – this week is Fiesta Friday 126, so stop by and party!

Guys, I’m happy to report that the recipe for Kindred Milk Bread was a feature on Fiesta Friday!



51 Comments on “Kindred Milk Bread

    • Thanks Joy! This is really good. If you offered me one of these fresh from the oven or the best ice-cream ever, I would take this bread, lol!

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  2. That photograph of the bread and butter is making me drool. Reminds me so much of a bread I used to eat as a child in South Africa, called mossbolletjie.

  3. Awsome recipe! I don’t often make bread, but I think I have to try this one! By the way, do you use instant yeast or the traditional one? Thanks so much for the drool-worthy post!! 😀

  4. Cannot believe how cute these breads are! My kids would love them! You have inspired me
    to try them!

  5. These breads looks fantastic and very delicious!

  6. This milk bread brought back childhood memories for me- we used to get milk bread in India, which I loved. Your photos are spectacular! Great recipe!

    • Thanks much Sandhya! I grew up in the Midwest and there were plenty of recipes for bread that had milk in them, but I’ve never seen this method before so it was fun for me! 🙂

  7. YUM! I have been loving making fresh bread, there is nothing better! I have been on a sourdough kick lately, but may have to take a break from that to make these! I hope you are having a festive 4th!

    • Happy Fourth to you, too! We’re just festooning ourselves with America buttons and ready to head over to the neighbors!

      And make the bread, lol!! 🙂

  8. The bread looks delicious. Certainly on the list of breads I want to try out.

    • It IS! At least that what I thought with the butter and eggs. It uses a Japanese method called tangzhong which is the slurry made at the beginning with the flour and water. I was thinking this method might be ideal for some of the healthier whole grain breads and make them a little lighter rather then dense. You’re a great bread maker, maybe you’d have fun playing with it!


    • Thanks, Virginia! I think we kind of inhaled it – I don’t bake bread very often so it tastes soooo good! 🙂

  9. I’m a sucker for beautiful bread– and this look luscious!! with a little marmalade. perfect! And you photos are awesome Mollie!! Happy summer! xo

    • Thanks Rhonda! Marmalade would be wonderful! Summer is so bittersweet – we’re a month into it now and I’m already thinking it won’t be long until fall! It’s just speeding along this year!

      • Stop!! I’m just stepping into summer– I plan on summer-ing for a couple more months! And I’m wanting to get that bread in the oven soon!! It looks practically perfect! thanks1

  10. I absolutely love this bread and can’t wait to make it. What a cool idea and I am intrigued by the method. Great recipe Mollie and your photo’s are mouthwateringly beautiful.

    • Thanks, Suzanne – it was a good subject to photograph – beautiful and it stood still, lol! Seriously, I *think* I’m starting to get better at the pictures, so thanks!!

      The bread, though, omg!! I just now walked into the kitchen to start the dishwasher, stopped, broke off a piece of this and stuck it in the microwave for 10 seconds. I sat down with the folks in the tv room, and my stepmom reached out her hand for some, so I gave her mine and got another one! It’s that good!! No butter, nothing on it! 🙂

  11. Wow this bread looks fabulous! Do you ship? LOL I don’t have a stand mixer or bread maker, because I am terrified of making bread. Me and baking don’t agree with each other. 😀

    This bread looks absolutely DELICIOUS !!
    I happen to be a butter-freak (no kidding!) and this is definitely for me. Will try this SOON

  13. Oh my gosh, they look so good, I want to have one right now and I just had dinner, haha. Think I will give this a go in the weekend. Thanks.

    • Thanks, Myra! If you do, let me know how you like it! It is just bread after all, lol, but this was such a different recipe!


  14. Just one of those out of the oven with some apricot jam and soft butter and I’m a happy lady. (Oh, and a BIG cup of coffee.)

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