• Hokkaidō milk bread or shokupan is a Japanese loaf known for its feathery centre and golden crust. (Jessica Thompson)Source: Jessica Thompson
Bring on a new era of bread making with milk, cloud and cheesy varieties.
Melissa Woodley

10 Aug 2021 - 12:36 PM  UPDATED 10 Aug 2021 - 3:21 PM

Sourdough may have been the star on the table in 2020, but there's a new generation of bread recipes ready to make their mark. From TikTok's viral cloud bread to Japanese Hokkaidō milk bread, here are six recipes for you to try. They are all super easy to bake and will teach you how to turn commonly wasted ingredients into magical loaves of joy. Let's get baking!

Cloud bread

If you're on TikTok then you'll be no stranger to the viral sensation called #CloudBread. This fluffy, giant bread is a cross between a sponge cake, marshmallow, and meringue.

It's all the rage right now and when you see how easy it is to make, you'll understand why.

Cloud bread is naturally low carb, high in protein and can be made from just egg whites, sugar and corn starch. The egg whites produce tiny air bubbles which give the loaf a fluffy texture and the sugar adds a subtle sweetness.

Bakers have been inventing their own versions of this trend by adding food colouring, flavour extracts, chocolate, cream cheese, nuts and the list goes on. Give it a go, the possibilities are endless.

Mayonnaise bread

Want to know the secret to moist and soft bread? The answer is mayonnaise. Although mayo seems like an odd ingredient to include in baked goods, the result is anything but.

All that's required to make mayonnaise bread is self-raising flour, baking powder, milk and mayo. The mayonnaise works as an egg replacement to create a moist and tender bread and is an ingredient that can be found in most household pantries.

Add extra flavour by stirring in grated cheese, chopped spinach, sun-dried tomatoes or chopped olives. You can also sprinkle it with your favourite seeds. It may sound peculiar, but I promise you, it's delicious.

Japanese milk bread

This next irresistible bread recipe is perfect for using up that carton of milk in the fridge that's about to expire. Hokkaidō milk bread or shokupan is a Japanese loaf known for its feathery centre and golden crust. It's made using the tangzhong method, which produces an Asian roux and helps make the bread tender.  

The loaves are lightly sweetened and have a rich, milky flavour that pairs perfectly with butter or a drizzle of condensed milk. It's the ultimate two-for-one breakfast treat.  

Japan’s shokupan is the upper crust of loaves
Japan may be a rice-based culture, but they have perfected the art of the fluffy white loaf. Known outside Japan as Hokkaido milk bread, within Japan it’s ‘shokupan’, and it has cult status.

Ice-cream bread

What do you get when you combine ice cream and bread? A magical loaf that sounds impossible but is bound to impress. All you need to make ice-cream bread is your favourite ice cream flavour and self-raising flour. Make sure the ice cream is melted before use so you get a caky loaf with a crunchy crust.

The bread isn't overly sweet so can be enjoyed for breakfast or as a snack. However, it also makes a delicious dessert when topped with fresh fruit (and an extra scoop of ice cream, of course).

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Cheesy bread rolls

Cheese and bread are arguably the greatest combos of all time. Rescue your cheeseboard leftovers by transforming them into Brazilian cheese bread or mini rolls stuffed with cottage cheese and feta.

Both rolls are surprisingly easy to make for a perfect afternoon snack or juggling act fresh out of the oven. You can use any variety of cheeses you have on hand or pair it with Vegemite or spinach. Cheese and thank you!

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Garlic-herb bread

Nothing compares to the aroma of fresh, homemade bread wafting out of the oven. Just imagine how much richer that fragrance would be with herbs added to the dough.

Put your wilted herbs to good use by turning them into some show-stopping garlic and herb bread. You can customise this recipe using whatever herbs you have on hand, such as rosemary, basil, or thyme. The flavours will only become more pleasing and complex with each additional herb or ingredient. You'll never waste herbs again after trying this recipe.

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