Air Fryer Hokkaido Milk Bread — Looking for a new air fryer recipe to try out? Why not give milk bread a go? This delicious and fluffy bread is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Plus, it’s super easy to make!
There’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly-baked bread wafting through the kitchen. And when that bread is topped with a glossy sheen of milk, it’s even more irresistible. Of course, when made in the air fryer, you get all of the flavors in half the time. This is the perfect recipe!
What Is An Air Fryer?
If you’ve never heard of an air fryer, you’re not alone. These modern appliances are becoming increasingly popular, but they’re still relatively unknown to many home cooks. So what is an air fryer?
Put, it’s a small appliance that uses hot air to cook food in a fraction of the time it would take using traditional methods. Air fryers are perfect for busy families who want to enjoy homemade meals without spending hours in the kitchen. Plus, you can use them for cooking various foods, from chicken to fish, and even some great Air Fryer Desserts!
Today, we made easy and delicious simple Air Fryer Hokkaido Milk Bread!
What Is Milk Bread?
Have you ever had milk bread? It’s a delicious type of bread that is popular in Asia. Today, we’re going to show you how to make it at home. Milk bread is commonly made with flour, yeast, sugar, salt, milk, and butter. The dough is easy to work with, resulting in a soft and fluffy loaf of bread.
Milk bread is often eaten plain but can also make sandwiches or toast. If you’re looking for a delicious and unique way to make your morning toast, give milk bread a try!
What Is Hokkaido?
Hokkaido is an island in northern Japan famous for its pristine nature and winter sports.
What is Hokkaido Milk Bread?
If you’re a fan of Japanese-style milk bread, also known as Hokkaido, then you’re going to love this easy recipe. Hokkaido is a famous soft and fluffy white bread perfect for sandwiches or toast. Best of all, it’s made with simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. Today, we cooked our Hokkaido Milk Bread right in the air fryer, amazing!
Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Hokkaido Milk Bread
All-Purpose Flour: It is essential to sift the flour so that you can have light, lump-free, and well-mixed ingredients. Although this isn’t necessary, it does help with mixing success!
Milk: The critical ingredient to this recipe, you can use either whole milk or a milk substitute. See suggestions below.
Water: Lukewarm water between 105 to 110 degrees F for the yeast to rise.
Yeast: Today, I used active dry yeast. The dough is essential to have the dough rise.
Granulated Sugar: You can also use a sugar substitute if you want a diabetic-friendly recipe.
Sweetened Condensed Milk: make sure that this is sweetened; otherwise, your bread will have a tangy taste to it.
Butter: use either unsalted or omit the salt in this recipe.
Egg: Eggs help bind the dough together.
How To Make Air Fryer Hokkaido Milk Bread
Add your Hokkaido bread starter to a small pan on low to medium heat. Stir until thickened and transfer to a bowl and cover with a dishtowel. Allow it to sit until cooled.
Add dough ingredients in a stand mixer bowl: flour, yeast, condensed milk, sugar, and salt. Whisk until well combined.
With the stand mixer spinning on low, add the flour, milk, a beaten egg, and the cooled-off dough starter from before. Mix on a medium setting until a dough has formed in the center and pulled from the sides to form a ball. Move the ball of dough to a large bowl that has been sprayed with cooking spray. You can also lightly spray the top of the dough to prevent any drying. Cover the bowl with a dish towel or plastic wrap. Allow sitting for one hour until it is twice its original size.
Once the dough has sat for an hour, please remove it from the bowl onto a floured surface and cut it into fourths. Roll out each dough ball to create a rectangle and then slightly fold in the sides. With the sides folded in a roll from the short side. Repeat with all the dough.
Place the rolled sections of dough into the air fryer pan, cover, and allow to rise for another hour. Once the dough has finished rising for the second time, preheat the air fryer to 350F. Brush the top of the bread with melted butter and allow to cook for 15-20 minutes or until well browned.
Allow cooling on a rack before serving. Enjoy!
Bread Pan: Depending on the size of your air fryer, use a bread pan. I listed some of my favorites at the end of the blog post. An air fryer bread or loaf pan is a great accessory to invest in.
Serving: You can either eat this as it is or spread butter or jam on top of it.
All-Purpose Flour: You can use either regular or gluten-free all-purpose flour. The ratio is still 1:1.
Yeast: You can use active dry yeast for this recipe. Any brand will work.
Milk: while I used regular whole milk for this recipe, you can also use oat milk, almond milk, coconut milk, or even Lactaid Free Milk. Several readers have also used this recipe with oat milk.
Sugar; I know many of my readers are looking for low-sugar-free or diabetic-friendly recipes. You can easily switch this out for a sugar replacement. The ratio would remain 1:1.
How To Make Air Fryer Milk Bread Rolls
You can easily make air fryer milk rolls out of this recipe. Make them about 2 to 3 inches. Try to make them all about the same size, and then spray your air fryer basket with cooking spray to prevent them from sticking. The cooking time will be about the same but check them frequently as they cook up.
Instant Dry Yeast vs. Active Dry Yeast
Which is better, instant yeast or active dry yeast? Both have their pros and cons, but let’s look at the differences between the two.
Instant yeast is made with a higher percentage of live cells and can be added directly to the dough, making it ideal for busy bakers.
Active dry yeast needs to be dissolved in warm water before adding to the dough. It can take a little longer to rise than instant yeast, but it lasts longer in storage.
Wheat vs. White
Wheat flour produces denser bread than white, as it has more gluten, giving the dough strength. Today, I used all-purpose white flour, but you can use all wheat or combine half with a quarter of its weight in whites for an excellent result!
Do I Need To Have A Stand Mixer, Or Can I Make This By Hand?
There’s no need to be intimidated by the idea of making homemade bread. Even without a stand mixer, it’s possible to create a light and fluffy loaf.
Can I Use This Recipe In A Bread Machine?
If you’re wondering whether a particular recipe will work in a bread machine, there are a few key things to keep in mind. In general, recipes that contain more wet ingredients like milk or fruit are not well-suited for bread machines since the resulting dough can be too sticky. Recipes with lots of eggs or fat may also not work well since these can make the bread dense and heavy. And finally, recipes that call for rolling and shaping the dough may not produce satisfactory results in a bread machine. With all that said, there are still plenty of delicious recipes out there that you can successfully make in a bread machine – so don’t be afraid to experiment!
What Pan Should I Use For Making Bread In The Air Fryer?
If you’re new to baking bread, you might be wondering what type of pan is best to use. If you want to make bread in the air fryer invest in a mini loaf pan, some of my favorite pans are:
How To Store:
If you’re like most home cooks, you probably make a loaf of bread now and then. But did you know that there’s a right and wrong way to store your bread? Improper storage can cause your bread to go stale prematurely. So, what’s the right way to keep your bread?
Let your bread cool to room temperature, and then wrap it tightly in saran wrap. Leave it at room temperature, and eat within three days.
If you’re looking for more air fryer bread recipes, here are some of our favorites:
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- AIR FRYER HOT CROSS BUNS
- EASY AIR FRYER CREAM CHEESE-STUFFED BAGEL BITES
- AIR FRYER EVERYTHING BAGEL BREAD
- EASY AIR FRYER EVERYTHING BAGELS
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Air Fryer Hokkaido Milk Bread
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup water, room temperature
- 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 1/4 teaspoons active Instant yeast
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup milk, whole & room temperature
- 1/4 cup butter, unsalted & room temperature
- 1 large egg
- melted butter for brushing
- Add your Hokkaido bread starter to a small pan on low to medium heat. Stir until thickened, transfer to a bowl, and cover with a dishtowel. Allow it to sit until cooled
- Add dough ingredients in a stand mixer bowl: flour, yeast, condensed milk, sugar, and salt. Whisk until well combined.
- With the stand mixer spinning on low, add the flour, milk, a beaten egg, and the cooled-off dough starter from before. Mix on a medium setting until a dough has formed in the center and pulled from the sides to form a ball.
- Move the ball of dough to a large bowl that has been sprayed with cooking spray. You can also lightly spray the top of the dough to prevent any drying. Cover the bowl with a dish towel or plastic wrap. Allow sitting for one hour until it is twice its original size.
- Once the dough has sat for an hour, remove it from the bowl and onto a floured surface and cut the dough into fourths.
- Roll out each ball of dough to create a rectangle and then slightly fold in the sides. With the sides folded in roll from the short side. Repeat with all the dough.
- Place the rolled sections of dough into the air fryer pan, cover, and allow to rise for another hour.
- Once the dough has finished rising for the second time, preheat the air fryer to 350F. Brush the top of the bread with melted butter and allow to cook for 15-20 minutes or until well browned.
- Allow to cool on a rack before serving.
- Plate, serve, and enjoy!
- Air Fryer
- Mini Loaf Pan, see post for suggestions