Honey Milk Bread Rolls


One taste of these fluffy milk bread rolls, and you'll be hooked.

honey milk bread rolls

Carson Downing

Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 55 mins
20 rolls
20 rolls

Novice bread bakers and old pros alike can revel in the satisfaction of achieving bouncy featherlight rolls. The key is a simple technique used to make Japanese milk bread, and anyone can learn it.


  • ⅓ cup water plus 1 Tbsp. water

  • 1⅓ cups milk

  • 5¼ cups bread flour

  • 2 packets dry yeast

  • 1/2 cup honey

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats

  • 1/4 cup butter


  1. In a small saucepan whisk together the ⅓ cup water, ⅓ cup of the milk, and ¼ cup of the bread flour. Cook and stir over medium until consistency of paste. Remove from heat and cool 30 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl stir together 2½ cups of the flour and the yeast. In a medium saucepan combine the remaining 1 cup milk, the sugar, ¼ cup of the honey, ½ cup butter, and salt. Cook and stir over medium until warm (120°F to 130°F) and butter almost melts. Stir milk mixture, cooled paste, and two of the eggs into flour mixture. Stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.

  3. milk bread dough tutorial steps

    Kelsey Hansen

    Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a dough that is smooth, elastic, and slightly tacky but not sticky (3 to 5 minutes). Place in a lightly greased bowl, turning to grease surface of the dough. Cover and let rise in a warm place until nearly double in size (1 hour).

  4. Punch dough down. Let rest 10 minutes. Grease a 13x9-inch baking pan. Shape dough into 20 balls. Arrange in prepared pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place until nearly double in size (30 to 45 minutes).

  5. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a small bowl whisk together remaining egg and 1 Tbsp. water. Brush rolls with egg mixture. Sprinkle with oats. Bake until golden, 25 minutes. Cool slightly. In a small bowl whisk together remaining ¼ cup honey and the ¼ cup butter until fluffy. Serve rolls warm with honey butter.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

242 Calories
9g Fat
35g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 241.6
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8.7g 11%
Saturated Fat 4.9g 25%
Cholesterol 47.5mg 16%
Sodium 286.1mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 34.9g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1.2g 4%
Total Sugars 7.9g
Protein 6.3g
Vitamin D 0.3mcg 2%
Vitamin C 0.1mg 0%
Calcium 32.6mg 3%
Iron 0.6mg 3%
Potassium 86.1mg 2%
Fatty acids, total trans 0.3g
Vitamin D 14.1IU
Alanine 0.2g
Arginine 0.3g
Ash 1.2g
Aspartic acid 0.4g
Caffeine 0mg
Carotene, alpha 0mcg
Choline, total 30.9mg
Copper, Cu 0.1mg
Cystine 0.1g
Energy 1011kJ
Fluoride, F 4.3mcg
Folate, total 33.8mcg
Glutamic acid 1.8g
Glycine 0.2g
Histidine 0.1g
Isoleucine 0.3g
Leucine 0.5g
Lysine 0.2g
Methionine 0.1g
Magnesium, Mg 13.8mg
Manganese, Mn 0.3mg
Niacin 0.7mg
Phosphorus, P 75.8mg
Pantothenic acid 0.5mg
Phenylalanine 0.3g
Phytosterols 0mg
Proline 0.6g
Retinol 78mcg
Selenium, Se 17.5mcg
Serine 0.3g
Starch 0.6g
Theobromine 0mg
Threonine 0.2g
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 0.4mg
Tryptophan 0.1g
Tyrosine 0.2g
Valine 0.3g
Vitamin A, IU 284.8IU
Vitamin A, RAE 79.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 0.8mcg
Water 31.8g
Zinc, Zn 0.6mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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