Spanish Sweet Milk Bread Recipe – Pan de Leche

Pan de leche
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  • 2 hrs
  • Prep: 105 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Large sweet rolls are often served for breakfast or afternoon merienda in Spain. Sometimes the bread is split and topped with sugar while baking. It makes a good breakfast food, served with butter and marmalade or quince membrillo. This easy bread recipe is perfect for beginning cooks and bread makers.

What You'll Need

  • 3 oz. (100 ml.) lukewarm milk
  • 1 envelope (1/4 oz.) dry​ yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cube (50 gr.) softened​ butter
  • 1/3 c. (70 gr.) granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ c. (200 gr.) unbleached white flour
  • 2-3 tbsp.​ vegetable oil

How to Make It

This Spanish Sweet Milk Bread Recipe makes 4 large rolls or 4 servings for breakfast.

Warm milk and pour into a glass measuring cup. Mix in the dried yeast until completely dissolved. Cover with a small kitchen towel and set in a warm place, away from drafts for 10 minutes.

Cream butter and sugar in a medium-size mixing bowl. Beat egg into the butter-sugar mixture. Add yeast-milk mixture and mix thoroughly.

Add flour to mixing bowl, a 1/2 cup at a time. Mix in flour with a wooden spoon until dough forms a ball. If necessary, add additional flour 1 Tbsp at a time until soft dough is formed.

Dust dough with 1 Tbsp flour. Cover bowl with a wet kitchen towel and place in a warm spot, away from drafts. Allow to rise for 30 minutes.

After rising, dough will be soft, spongy and sticky. Coat hands with oil. Uncover and knead dough 5-6 times. Separate dough into 4 pieces. Form into balls or rectangles and place on cookie sheet or baking stone. Allow to rise for 15 minutes.

Pre-heat oven to 400° F (200° C). Bake bread for 7 minutes. Remove and brush bread with vegetable oil. Return to oven and continue to bake for 7-10 minutes. Remove when bread begins to brown. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then serve with butter or jam.