Victorian Milk Bread

Victorian Milk Bread

When deciding the recipe for V, I made up my mind, that I wanted to bake something. I have not baked any breads for this Mega BM. I was struggling to find a recipe to fit my theme and that is when this Victorian Milk Bread popped in my head. Few weeks ago, one of my very dear friend who is the Director of the Public library of my town in NY, posted a bread she baked. I loved how beautiful the loaf looked.

She had also baked the bread in a Pullman Bread pan that immediately caught my attention. I bought a Pullman pan to make loaves of square bread that would resemble the store breads. The first recipe I tried totally flopped and the bread did not hold its shape. I stopped using the pan ever since and it is still sitting in my shelf, untouched for over a year now.


I asked my dear friend Gloria for the recipe and she sent a picture of the recipe from the book that she uses. The name of the bread is Victorian Milk Bread and it perfectly fits my need for the alphabet V. She said that she almost doubles the bread to make it in the Pullman loaf. I did not want to try it in the first attempt and hence used the recipe to make the standard loaf. I also managed to shape the bread into the traditional ‘S’ shape that was mentioned in the book.

Victorian Milk Bread

The book she sent the recipe from was called ‘Bread by Eric Treuille’. This British bread uses milk instead of water. Being from India, I love milk breads, as that is what is very common there. I have baked Milk bread before using the Tangzhong method. This bread is much simpler than that and does not include making a roux or anything. We just substitute Milk instead of water in a regular bread recipe and proceed. The result is this amazingly flavorful bread with beautiful crust and a great crumb.

Egg wash is highly recommended for the beautiful golden color of the crust. I have almost always used Butter and milk mixture to attain that same golden color. I have used the same here instead of egg wash and the bread has a beautiful color. The recipe also has a 3 rise instead of 2. The dough is punched down once in between the initial rise and then allowed to rise again. It does not take longer though. My dough had risen in 45 minutes and I punched it down and let it rise again for 45 minutes or so to allow it to double in volume. It was fun to shape the ‘S’ shape of the bread. The bread can however be shaped into a traditional loaf. Victorian Milk Bread

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A for Akki Roti 

B for Baghrir with Orange Butter Sauce

C for Chickpeas Shawarma

D for Double Ka Meetha

E for Esquites

F for Farro Salad

G for Gur Papdi

H for Hayagreeva Maddi

I for Idli

J for Jau Ki Papdi

K for Karthigai Pori

L for Lemon Chia Seeds Muffin

M for Mysore Pak

N for Narali Bhath

O for Oatmeal Payasam

P for Pav Bhaji

Q for Quinoa Brown Rice Adai

R for Rajgira Aloo Poori

S for Samosa

T for Thinai Sweet Paniyaram

U for Uppittu

Preparation time – 10 minutes plus 2 1/2 hours of resting time
Baking time – 30 to 40 minutes
Difficulty level – Easy

Victorian Milk Bread

Ingredients to make Victorian Milk Bread – Makes one standard 8 x 5 loaf

  • Bread flour (All Purpose flour can be used as a substitute) – 3 1/4 – 3 1/2 cups
  • Milk (lukewarm) – 1 1/4 cup (might need a little more)
  • Active dry yeast – 2 tsp
  • Sugar – 1 tbsp
  • Salt – 1 1/2 tsp
  • Butter + milk – 1 tsp + 2 TBSP (for brushing on top)

Victorian Milk Bread

Procedure to make Victorian Milk Bread –

Making the dough –

  • I used kitchen aid stand mixer to knead my dough. You can also knead it by hand. In a large bowl or the bowl of your mixer, measure the flour and salt and combine.
  • In a measuring cup, heat the milk. Use half of the warm milk to add the sugar and the yeast and mix. Let the yeast proof for about 5 minutes. You will see that the yeast mixture becomes frothy and bubbly. If the yeast does not activate by around 10 minutes, then the yeast is old and is not active. Discard this yeast and start with a new batch.

Victorian Milk Bread

  • Once the yeast mixture has proofed, add it to the flour and mix. Add the remaining warm milk and start kneading. If kneading using the stand mixer use the hook attachment and knead for 8 to 10 minutes. Adjust the consistency of the dough by using a little bit more milk or flour.
  • The dough should be very soft, but not sticky. I kneaded for a bit in the stand mixer and then kneaded by hand, until I reached the desired texture.

Victorian Milk Bread

  • Grease a large bowl (I used my mixer bowl), and place the kneaded dough in the bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel and let it rise until doubled (about 45 minutes).
  • Punch down the dough and let it rise again until doubled in volume (about 45 minutes).

Victorian Milk Bread

Shaping and Baking the Bread –

  • Once the dough rises for the second time, place it on the work surface.
  • Spread it to a rough rectangle and roll it to a tight log about 14 inches long.
  • Twist both the edges of the log to form a ‘S’ shape and tuck in the edges. (refer to the picture for the S shape)
  • Prepare a standard loaf pan by lightly greasing it. Place the shaped bread into the prepared tin and cover with a kitchen towel.

Victorian Milk Bread

  • Let the shaped bread rise until it reaches above the tin. It took me about 45 minutes.

Victorian Milk Bread

  • At the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 400 F.
  • In a small bowl, melt 1 tsp of butter and add 2 TBSP of milk to it. Brush this mixture over the bread liberally.

Victorian Milk Bread

  • Bake the bread for about 30 to 35 minutes or until the top of the bread is golden brown.
  • Keep an eye from about 25 minutes. If the top starts to become brown too quickly, tent the tin with a aluminum foil and let it bake further.
  • The bread would sound hollow when completely done. Remove the bread and let it completely cool on a wire rack before slicing.

Victorian Milk Bread

Victorian Milk Bread
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Victorian Milk Bread

Course Baking, Breakfast
Cuisine British, England
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Proofing time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 1 standard loaf

Ingredients

  • Bread flour All Purpose flour can be used as a substitute - 3 1/4 - 3 1/2 cups
  • Milk lukewarm - 1 1/4 cup (might need a little more)
  • Active dry yeast - 2 tsp
  • Sugar - 1 tbsp
  • Salt - 1 1/2 tsp
  • Butter + milk - 1 tsp + 2 TBSP for brushing on top

Instructions

Making the dough -

  1. I used kitchen aid stand mixer to knead my dough. You can also knead it by hand. In a large bowl or the bowl of your mixer, measure the flour and salt and combine.
  2. In a measuring cup, heat the milk. In half of the warm milk, add the sugar and the yeast and mix. Let the yeast proof for about 5 minutes. You will see that the yeast mixture becomes frothy and bubbly. If the yeast does not activate by around 10 minutes, then the yeast is old and is not active. Discard this yeast and start with a new batch.
  3. Once the yeast mixture has proofed, add it to the flour and mix. Add the remaining warm milk and start kneading. If kneading using the stand mixer use the hook attachment and knead for 8 to 10 minutes. If the dough appears too dry, add a little bit more milk. If the dough appears too sticky, add a little more flour.
  4. The dough should be very soft, but not sticky. I kneaded for a bit in the stand mixer and then kneaded by hand, until I reached the desired texture.
  5. Grease a large bowl (I used my mixer bowl), and place the kneaded dough in the bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel and let it rise until doubled (about 45 minutes).
  6. Punch down the dough and let it rise again until doubled in volume (about 45 minutes).

Shaping and Baking the Bread -

  1. Once the dough rises for the second time, place it on the work surface.
  2. Spread it to a rough rectangle and roll it to a tight log about 14 inches long.
  3. Twist both the edges of the log to form a 'S' shape and tuck in the edges. (refer to the picture for the S shape)
  4. Prepare a standard loaf pan by lightly greasing it. Place the shaped bread into the prepared tin and cover with a kitchen towel.
  5. Let the shaped bread rise until it reaches above the tin. It took me about 45 minutes.
  6. At the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 400 F.
  7. In a small bowl, melt 1 tsp of butter and add 2 TBSP of milk to it. Brush this mixture over the bread liberally.
  8. Bake the bread for about 30 to 35 minutes or until the top of the bread is golden brown.
  9. Keep an eye from about 25 minutes. If the top starts to become brown too quickly, tent the tin with a aluminum foil and let it bake further.
  10. The bread would sound hollow when completely done. Remove the bread and let it completely cool on a wire rack before slicing.

 

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11 thoughts on “Victorian Milk Bread

  1. The bread looks very pretty Sandhya. I am yet to try my hand at baking the regular bread at home. This one sounds like a good one to start off. Shall bookmark it.

  2. Wow, the bread looks fantastic, Sandhya. The Shape “S” has turned out so well and it looks so soft !!! Look at the sliced bread, it’s just like the store brought one, perfect texture. You have nailed it on this attempt !!!

  3. I can understand how a person struggles to fit in a recipe in the theme, and I must say you have done an amazing job with this bread. It has a beautiful S..and the texture looks fantastic..nice and soft.

  4. I am yet to try milk bread and this Victorian milk bread looks just perfect to try my hands on. Love the beautiful golden crust and delicious crumb.

  5. OMG that is an amazing bread Sandhya. Trust you to pick a fantastic one for us to drool over!..and that s shape looks so neatly done. I am surely going to try this soon. what a lovely recipe!

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