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milk bread with two slices one has strawberry jam on it

Sicilian Milk Bread

Rosemary Molloy
Sicilian Milk Bread is soft and lightly sweet with a shiny golden crust. It's a yeast bread that requires some time and patience to make but once you pull a warm loaf out of the oven the time is worth it. 
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Resting Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 50 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack, Specialty Breads
Cuisine Italian
Servings 16 slices
Calories 180 kcal


  • 1 1/4 cup + 1/2 tablespoon milk (lukewarm) (307 grams)
  • 1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons butter (melted and cooled) (92 grams)
  • 1 pinch granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 3/4 cups + 1 1/2 tablespoons all purpose flour (500 grams)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (100 grams)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt*

*If you use unsalted butter then add 1/2 teaspoon of salt.


    • 1 large egg
    • 1 tablespoon milk


    • In a small pot heat the butter and milk together to the temperature 105 -110F (40-43C) then pour into the bowl of the stand up mixer, add a pinch of sugar and the yeast. Let sit 5 minutes then mix together to combine.
    • Add the flour and start to knead on speed 2, add the sugar and salt and knead (no higher then 2) for 3-4 minutes (until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl).  Place in a lightly greased bowl (roll the dough in the bowl to cover it in oil) cover the bowl with plastic and a towel and let rise in a warm draft free area for 2 hours (or doubled in bulk). 
    • Move the dough to a lightly floured flat surface and gently knead the dough down, form into 3 equal size balls and place them in a lightly greased loaf pan (9x5 inch / 22x12cm). Cover with plastic wrap and let rise one hour in a warm draft free area.   
    • Pre-heat oven to 350F.
    • Brush the loaf with the egg wash (you won't need it all). Bake for approximately 25-35 minutes. Let cool then serve. This is a Sicilian bread that is served for breakfast in the morning with a granite. 


    • In a small bowl beat together the egg and milk.


    Make sure your milk is not higher then 104-110F (40-43C) or you will kill the yeast.


    Calories: 180kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 5gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 77mgPotassium: 79mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 139IUCalcium: 30mgIron: 1mg
    Keyword Homemade milk bread, Sicilian Milk Bread
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