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Whole wheat milk buns (Tangzhong method)

healthy whole wheat milk buns

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Traditional milk buns made healthy with whole wheat flour. It is soft and mildly sweet with great texture. The combination of Tangzhong and egg makes this really soft.

Whole wheat milk buns made with Tangzhong method

How I made whole wheat milk buns

What is Tangzhong?

Tangzhong or water roux is a technique which was originated in Japan for making soft and fluffy bread.

How to make Tangzhong

The method involves the use of Tangzhong, which is one part of flour with five parts of liquid to form a smooth paste (generally water is used but here I have used a mixture of milk and water).

It is then heated in a saucepan, once the mixture starts to thicken it is removed from the heat. Use it once it comes to room temperature.

Tangzhong can be refrigerated for 48 hours and can be used when required by bringing it to room temperature.

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How to make whole wheat milk buns



  • Water 5 tablespoon
  • Milk 5 tablespoon
  • Wheat flour 2 tablespoon

For the Dough

  • Whole wheat flour 2 and 1/2 cups
  • Sugar 1/4 cup
  • Milk powder 1/4 cup
  • Salt 1 teaspoon
  • Instant yeast 1 teaspoon
  • Milk 3/4 cup approx
  • Egg 1
  • Butter 2 tablespoon
  • Olive oil 2 tablespoon


Tangzhong preparations-

  • For that first mix water, milk and wheat flour till no lumps remain.
  • Next, heat it in a sauce pan over medium flame, stir constantly till it thickens and whisk line leaves the bottom of the pan.


  • Transfer the Tangzhong to a small bowl and allow it to cool down.
  • Dough preparation

  • First, take the Tangzhong along with all the ingredients mentioned under Dough preparation except the butter and oil in a bowl. Combine them well and form a rough dough.
  • Transfer it to a smooth surface and knead for about 10-12 minutes by the standard stretch and pull method. Knead till the dough bounces back.
  • Add the butter and oil, knead for another 5 minutes. Keep the dough in an oiled bowl, cling wrap and allow it to proof.
  • Deflate the dough, knead for a minute. Next divide it into 8 equal portions and shape them into a ball.
  • Place them on a greased baking dish, leaving a little space in between. Keep in a warm place covered with a wet cloth for the second rise.
  • Brush with milk or egg wash and bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
  • Rub butter on the hot buns once out of the oven. Serve after 10 minutes.
Whole wheat milk buns made with Tangzhong method

Soft and fluffy wholewheat milk buns


  • If you don’t want to use eggs you may replace it with approximately 1/4 cup of fresh cream or whole milk.
  • Time and temperature according to your oven.
  • If you are new to baking, check out whole wheat flour bread recipe to know more details on the basics of bread baking.
  • The buns can be cling wrapped well and stored in fridge for 3-4 days, Heat in microwave for 10-15 seconds before serving. The buns will be soft and fluffy just like freshly made!

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5 thoughts on “Whole wheat milk buns (Tangzhong method)”

  1. How interesting that these originated in Japan. They look very similar to a traditional winter dish in Switzerland. But they probably taste different ????

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