Preview: This Exceptional Condensed Milk Bread recipe is designed to mix and knead in a bread machine. The soft and fine texture of this loaf will remind you of Wonder Bread. No worries if you don’t have a bread machine. See the recipe notes to make this loaf by hand or with a stand mixer.
A soft and tender white bread loaf is not for everyone. But if you count white bread as one of your guilty pleasures, this is the best recipe I have to offer. It’s worth the carb splurge.
When living in Europe as a teenage exchange student, my “family” laughed at me for eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They claimed only small children would normally enjoy such food.
Come to think of it…maybe it’s because they didn’t have Wonder bread. I can’t imagine a PB & J on French bread or ciabatta.
Ingredients and Substitutions:
- WATER: I like to use spring water if I have it since I don’t care for the chlorine in our tap water. But spring water can get expensive if you make a lot of bread. Instead, I keep tap water that has set on my counter for 24 hours to let the chlorine evaporate.
- SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK: This milk is a key ingredient in this recipe. If you don’t have sweetened condensed milk in your pantry or can’t find it where you live, you can make it at home with this recipe. I make half a recipe (the perfect amount) and it’s quite good.
Cream of coconut is another product that would make a wonderful substitute if you don’t mind a slight coconut flavor.
- SALT: Use table salt or sea salt.
- BUTTER: Use softened butter, not melted butter.
- BREAD FLOUR: You could use all-purpose flour but bread flour contains more protein and will help your bread rise a little higher. If using all-purpose flour, hold back a couple tablespoons of water and only add if you need them to make the dough stick to the sides of the bread machine pan and pull away cleanly as it kneads.
- YEAST: Bread machine or instant yeast is always my first choice for a bread machine recipe. If you only have active-dry yeast, you can use that instead. Although technically, you don’t have to dissolve it before adding it to the bread machine pan, it will start to work faster if you dissolve it first in some of the water called for in the recipe.
FAQ about making this Condensed Milk Bread recipe in a bread machine
Once you make this recipe, you will quickly see why we’re talking about this. Only 1/2 cup of sweetened condensed milk is needed for one recipe. That means you’ll have a lot leftover.
Yes, you can freeze sweetened condensed milk in the freezer for up to three months.
You can leave it in the refrigerator if you think you can use it within 3 weeks.
That’s OK. Don’t go any smaller than noted in the recipe, but you can go a little bigger. However, pay attention and don’t let your bread rise more than double its original size.
Actually, you can use a smaller pan. Pull out some of the dough and make rolls with it, instead.
Another solution? Buy a 9 x 4 x 4-inch Pullman bread pan. It will work for nearly all of the “loaf” recipes on this website. The higher sides make it useful for a wider range of recipe sizes.
I recommend you set your timer for halfway through the cooking time. Check the bread. Most likely it is already golden brown on top but a long way from completely baked.
Shield the loaf by draping foil loosely over the dome. You could also try using a lower shelf to bake your bread the next time.
Check it with a quick-read thermometer. The temperature in the middle of the loaf should read 200˚ F.
You run the risk of the loaf falling or caving in on the sides if it is still doughy.
Maybe. It depends on many different factors (e.g. the brand of the bread machine, humidity, type and brand of flour, temperature in the room, etc.).
Hoping you get lucky and the machine will produce a decent loaf of bread. You can expect the crust to be thicker and somewhat chewy.
Most of the recipes on this blog were originally written for baking the dough in a bread machine. However, because of the variability of the previously mentioned factors, I find it much more reliable to bake the bread in my oven.
Good question. Here’s the deal.
Warming the water (100 to 110˚ F) and milk will make the yeast act faster and consequently, the dough will rise quicker.
Starting with cool water (room temperature) and milk will cause the bread to take a bit longer to rise. This makes for better flavor development of the yeast.
Since you are using only the DOUGH cycle as opposed to the entire bread cycle from mixing to baking, you get to pick your priority.
Remember to test the dough at the end of the DOUGH cycle by poking it lightly with two fingers. If the holes immediately fill in, leave the dough in the bread machine pan to continue rising.
The holes left by your fingers should fill in slowly. If they don’t fill in at all, the dough may be over-proofed.
Comment from a reader: “Your sweet milk soft white bread has been my go-to bread for years. It’s delicious and makes wonderful gifts. People always ask for more…. I solved the left-over condensed milk problem: I just make two loaves and freeze one!”
Because I want perfection in exchange for all those calories, I prefer to bake almost all of my bread recipes in a conventional oven.
How to make Condensed Milk Bread in a bread machine:
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This recipe is slightly adapted from The Bread Machine Magic Book of Helpful Hints by Linda Rehberg & Lois Conway.