This recipe was inspired by a toaster. Yes, you read that right, a toaster! But not just any toaster, the most innovative toaster in the world! Specifically BALMUDA The Toaster – a groundbreaking toaster that hails from Japan. Since I have the great honor of being a part of launching BALMUDA The Toaster here in the US, I wanted to create a bread recipe that would garner the same kind of excitement that I have for this revolutionary toaster! I knew that Japanese milk bread would be ideal, with its incomparable crumb and buttery taste. And since the world is experiencing a sourdough revival at the moment, it only made sense to create a recipe for Sourdough Japanese Milk Bread.
How BALMUDA has redefined the toaster:
You may be thinking to yourself, how can a toaster be revolutionary? Well, BALMUDA The Toaster has redefined what a toaster can accomplish. The decisive factor is the 5 cc of water that gets poured into the toaster. Because water heats more rapidly than air, a thin layer of steam envelops the bread, lightly toasting its surface, while keeping its inner moisture and flavor from escaping. The combination of steam technology along with precise temperature control allows BALMUDA The Toaster to create superb contrasts of flavor and texture for every kind of bread: crisp and savory on the outside, moist and fluffy inside.
The perfect bread for the perfect toast: Sourdough Japanese Milk Bread
Now that you understand the hype behind BALMUDA The Toaster, its time for you to understand the greatness of this Sourdough Japanese Milk Bread! If you have not taken the leap into sourdough baking, I cannot recommend it more highly! It seems that more people are baking with sourdough now than ever due to worldwide shortages of commercial yeast. What most people end up discovering when they embark on their sourdough journey is a deep love for the art of baking with wild yeast! Harnessing the natural power of flour, water, salt & patience to create all manner of baked goods is one of the most satisfying endeavors you can pursue! As is the case with this Sourdough Japanese Milk Bread. With a superbly fluffy crumb and the most wonderful flavor, it is one of my favorite sourdough breads to bake! And while this bread is super soft & fluffy after it gets baked in a conventional oven, toasting a slice of it with BALMUDA The Toaster is even better!
One of the signature characteristics of Japanese Milk Bread is its unique shape. The dough gets divided into three sections and then rolled into thin ovals with a rolling pin. These thin ovals of dough then get rolled up into coils. You repeat this process one more time before adding your dough coils to your bread pan to rise. *If you want to achieve the classic Japanese milk bread shape with super straight edges, then I recommend you use a Pullman loaf pan.
The art of toast:
Toast comes in many different forms, but there is something so perfectly satisfying about a simple slice of toast topped with butter and jam. While you can eat your Sourdough Japanese Milk Bread as is, toasting it really brings out its full flavor and texture. When I tasted my first slice of Sourdough Japanese Milk Bread toast from BALMUDA The Toaster I was blown away! Not only was the exterior perfectly golden, but the contrast between the crisp exterior and the moist and fluffy interior was absolutely magnificent! When I initially read about BALMUDA’s mission to create appliances that deliver a thrilling and wonderful experience, I was intrigued but honestly skeptical. I thought to myself – can using a toaster really be a moving experience that sparks joy? And the answer that I came to find out was, yes it can!
If you’re looking for a sourdough bread recipe that evokes cozy memories of super-soft, lofty white bread that transforms into the very best toast, then this Sourdough Japanese Milk Bread is just what you need. And to learn more about all of BALMUDA The Toaster’s abilities, click HERE.
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