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French Milk Bread (Ache au Lait)


For those who like candy bread, golden on the surface and a fluffy inside, you’ll love this bread. French milk bread (ache au lait) makes probably the most lovely buns and so they’re very tasty as nicely. I really like them with butter or additionally as sandwich bread.

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French milk bread (ache au lait)

I’ve a love story with milk bread. After I lived in Lima, there was a espresso store near the place I used to work that served milk bread (ache au lait). I LOVED THEM! There have been days once I would have a number of of them for lunch, they had been actually good. I’ve wished to make this recipe for some time now.

The great factor about french milk bread is that they’re barely candy and have a crumb that’s actually smooth. Ache au lait is an enriched dough. That’s the time period used when a bread recipe has fats added apart from the fundamentals of flour, yeast, water and salt. This recipe has milk (which has fats) and likewise butter (additionally has fats in fact). We additionally add an egg! So it’s in between primary white bread and brioche.

The cuts

French milk bread or ache au lait usually has a sequence of scissor cuts alongside the highest. That is very traditional and appears so fairly. After I confirmed it on my Instagram account, many mentioned that it appeared like a dinosaur. It’s very humorous to me and you’re fully proper. I like to make these cuts on the highest. They’re very enjoyable to make, look cute and it’s a great way to discover ways to add texture to a bread utilizing scissors.

French Milk Bread (Pain au Lait)


To make the milk bread (ache au lait) dough, you should use a stand mixer and its hook attachment or knead by hand. Each strategies work! On the video traces above I knead by hand however you may definitely use a mixer. The method is identical solely that it’s extra environment friendly when utilizing a stand mixer.

Whenever you add the butter, you’ll discover that at the beginning, the butter gained’t get included simply. That’s regular, you should have a little bit of persistence. It should come collectively as you knead. The result’s a fantastic and beautiful dough. It’s very straightforward to work with and really fluffy. That’s what makes them so scrumptious and ethereal.

French Milk Bread (Ache au Lait)


Course: Bread, Breakfast, Brunch

Delicacies: French

Key phrase: buns, milk bread, ache au lait

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook dinner Time: 20 minutes

Complete Time: 50 minutes

Servings: 12 buns

Creator: Lorena Salinas from Cravings Journal


For the bread

  • 570 g all-purpose flour
  • 80 g sugar
  • tsp salt
  • 6 g immediate yeast
  • 300 ml lukewarm milk
  • 1 egg
  • 80 g unsalted butter at rrom temperature


For the bread

  • In a bowl, place all of the substances besides the butter. You need to use a stand mixer utilizing the hook attachment on medium velocity to combine all the pieces collectively. If you do not have one, first use a spatula to combine and when it does not assist anymore, proceed together with your palms.

  • Knead for five minutes in a stand mixer or by hand for 10 minutes. The dough ought to look homogeneous and extra elastic than if you began.

  • Add half the butter and knead with a mixer or by hand. At first, you’ll really feel prefer it’s not coming collectively and one thing went unsuitable. Be a bit of affected person and it’ll come collectively and it’ll look excellent.

  • Add the opposite half of butter and knead extra. The second inclusion of butter will probably be simpler than the primary ;).

  • Knead till the dough feels very clean and elastic, about 5 minutes for the reason that butter is totally included.

  • Place the dough in a bowl, cowl it and let it proof in a heat spot for 1 hour.

  • Weigh the dough and divide it into 12 equal parts.

  • Kind buns by flattening the parts, and folding the perimeters onto the centre. Flip it round and switch them in opposition to the desk to shut the becoming a member of. Keep away from utilizing a dusted flour floor at this level.

  • Cowl them and allow them to relaxation for quarter-hour.

  • One after the other, flip them over, flatten them with the palm of your hand and roll them into an extended bun. Flip them round and push on their facet utilizing your fingers in order that the friction closes the place the dough joins. You’ll be able to see the way it’s finished on the video traces above.

  • Place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper or a silicone mat. Depart an excellent house between them as a result of they develop so much within the oven.

  • Cowl them and allow them to proof for an additional 20min.


  • Whisk collectively the yolk and milk. Use a brush to color it on the bread.

  • Use a pair of scissors to chop a line of triangles all alongside the bread. You’ll be able to once more watch the video above for a reference :). I really like this half, it is actually enjoyable.

  • Bake them at 180°C/350°F for 20min or till golden.

French Milk Bread (Pain au Lait)




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