Quick and Easy Home Made Milk Bread (Pain au Lait)

So I was supposed to put up a recipe yesterday but my internet connection failed. I was disappointed but well, that still worked for me because I spent my time bringing a bakery right into my kitchen. It was baking day for me. So instead of posting the recipe I initially planned, I will share with you what I baked yesterday.

It is delicious home made milk bread popularly called ‘Pain au Lait’ in bakeries in Cameroon. The softness plus the aroma that emanates from it make it an absolute favourite. Infact, we traded the dinner I made for the irresistible loaves.

Here is what you will need:

3 cups of bread flour or all purpose flour (equivalent to 375 grams)
1 teaspoonful of yeast
3 tablespoons of butter
4 tablespoons of sugar
Half teaspoon of salt
A quarter cup of evaporated milk
1 cup of warm water
1 egg

In a bowl, mix warm water and yeast. Add sugar, milk and salt to them and stir well.

Melt butter in a microwave and add to mixture, stirring well.

Add in flour gently, mixing until it forms a dough. Place the dough on a rolling board. It should look like this:

Cut the dough into four equal sizes, like this:

Take one piece of dough and roll out on the board using a rolling pin. It should look like this:

Using your fingers, take one end of the dough and roll to the other end:

Fold in the edges of the rolled dough:

Create three lines on the dough using a knife:

Placed the dough on a greased baking tray. Repeat the process with the three remaining pieces of dough and place all on the tray:

Now keep in a warm place to rise for an hour. After rising, the loaves should look like this:

Brush the tops of the loaves with whisked egg so they will glow nicely when ready. Bake in an oven at 300 Degrees Fahrenheit (or 148 Degrees Celsius) for 40 minutes or until golden brown:

If you like, you can divide the dough into 2 and rather make 2 large loaves. I did that and came up with this:

Serve with your favourite bread filling. Bon Appetit!pre-signature-pro


  1. Wow turned out great. i will do this during my free time

  2. You should try it, Nata. So yum!

  3. ehh! aunty Preh I am doing this tomorrow. i will add grains to mine (almonds and sunflower seeds). you should try that too, it's healthier.
    Thanks for the recipe. looks delicious.

  4. Yay! Let me know how it goes. Next time I'll try the addition of nuts too. #teamhealthy

  5. Anonymous

    Can I use fresh yeast and what quantity? Or can I replace the yeast with baking powder if yes what quantity too?

  6. Yes, you can use fresh yeast. Half an ounce (1/2 oz) will do. No, you can't replace the yeast with baking powder. The result will be different. Happy baking!

  7. This bread cams out perfect! Thank you Precious!

  8. This bread cams out perfect! Thank you Precious!

  9. Yayyy! Thanks for the feedback, Nancy!

  10. Hello.
    Please is the milk liquid or powdered milk? If liquid can I use the Cameroon peak milk?

  11. Liquid milk, dear. Cameroon peak milk is perfect! That's what I use. Happy baking!

  12. Hey big sis, I had a great baking time over the Christmas and I couldn't resist this one. I did this with powdered milk too and it was so nice. This became our favorite bread to make and consume in the house.

  13. Yayyy! Thank you so much for the awesome feedback. This bread wins every time dear.

  14. I love this.
    pls can I grind wheat into flour to bake it?

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  19. Anyauwa Faith

    Looking good.
    Please is there a special flour for bread?

  20. Aunty Precious, Am going to try these yummy

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  22. Hi! I commented on another one of your recipes a few moments ago, but I was wondering if you knew how to make the baguette they sell in the boulangeries? It’s not the same as french baguette, and I love it so much more. If you could share, I know so many people would love it!

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