Many years ago, my family lived in Japan for a short period of time. My children enjoyed Japanese culture and food. There were some food they were extremely fond of. One of them was ‘Stick Bread’. They were slightly sweet stick-shaped soft bread in a perfect bite-size for children. What is so special about those simple bread? I never know but my children loved them.
1/2 cup Warm Milk
2 tablespoons Condensed Milk
1 tablespoon Sugar
1 teaspoon Dry Yeast
1 cup Bread Flour
1/2 cup Plain Flour *plus extra 1-2 tablespoons for kneading
1/2 teaspoon Salt
20g Butter *softened
- Heat Milk, Condensed Milk and Sugar in microwave for 30 seconds. When the mixture is warm, add Dry Yeast and mix well. Set aside while you are preparing dry ingredients.
- Combine Bread Flour, Plain Flour and Salt in a large bowl. Add the milk & yeast mixture and softened Butter. Mix well to form a soft dough. Knead for 2 to 3 minutes, gradually adding extra Flour as required, until smooth and elastic.
- Place the dough in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and set aside in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
- Turn onto lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 8 even portions. Roll each portion into a stick. Place on baking paper on a baking tray. Set aside for 30 minutes to rise. Pre-heat oven to 180°C.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until sticks are golden brown.
Optional Milky Filling
Combine 60g of Butter, 2 to 3 tablespoons of Condensed Milk and 1 tablespoon of Sugar for yummy milky filling.
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