Milk Bread Austrian-Style



Inspired by a recipe in my 'Giant Book of Bread Machine Recipes'. I no longer own an automatic bread machine and have been slowly adapting bread recipes for preparation either in a stand up mixer or food processor.


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(1) 1-pound loaf
2 Hr 15 Min
25 Min


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5 oz
warm milk (whole milk for best flavor)
1 1/2 tsp
active dry yeast
4 Tbsp
2 c
unbleached flour
3/4 tsp
ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp
anise seed, crushed to release oils
1/4 tsp
freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp
1/4 c
granulated sugar
3 Tbsp
3 Tbsp
tart dried cherries, chopped up into smaller pieces
coarse sugar, for sprinkling, about 1 tablespoon


1 Tbsp

How to Make Milk Bread Austrian-Style


  • 1Attach DOUGH HOOK to your stand up mixer. Gently warm the milk and add it, the active dry yeast and the butter to a stand up mixer. Stir on LOW briefly. Allow to sit 5 minutes.
  • 2Add the flour, spices, salt and sugar. KNEAD on medium speed for about 2-3 minutes or until the dough is smooth and springs back when touched. Add the dried fruit and KNEAD a few more times briefly just until the fruit is incorporated into the dough.
  • 3Transfer the dough to an oiled heatproof bowl. Cover and let rise until double in size-about 2 hours. (I turn on our stove to the KEEP WARM setting. As soon as the oven has come to temperature, I turn it off).
  • 4After the dough has risen, punch it down then place it on a floured cutting board. Divide into 3 sections and roll each sections into roughly 10" length. Braid the rolls and place in a parchment lined baking pan with both braided ends tucked underneath. Whisk together the egg wash and apply to the bread. Sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  • 5Place the baking pan in the oven then PREHEAT oven to 395 degrees. Start the timer as soon as you set the baking pan in the oven.
  • 6Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until the bread is a deep golden color and hollow when tapped.

    So good straight from the oven!

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About Milk Bread Austrian-Style

Course/Dish: Sweet Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: German
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian

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