Shokupan (Japanese White Bread)

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Appears in Cook's Illustrated May/June 2022

With its thin crust, cloudlike crumb, and enduring freshness, Japan’s shokupan is a baker’s delight.

SERVESMakes one 13-inch loaf

TIME1¾ hours, plus 5½ hours resting, rising, and cooling

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WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS

For shokupan that's light and fluffy and has a naturally extended shelf life, we started by making yudane, a mixture of equal weights of boiling water and bread flour. We tore the yudane into pieces and mixed them with milk, which both cool...

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