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crowd favorite milky filipino cheese bread

Soft, milky, and cheesy in one bread? Sign me up for it!
Prep Time 3 hrs
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 10 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 24 yield
Calories 167 kcal


For the Dough:

  • 480 grams 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 110 grams 1/2 cup sugar
  • 35 grams 1/4 cup powdered milk
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 240 ml 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg large
  • 57 grams 1/4 cup butter, softened

For the Cheese Topping:

  • 226 grams 2 cups cheddar cheese, grated finely
  • 60 grams 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 170 grams 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 140 grams 1 cup powdered milk
  • 57 grams 1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled


  • Combine the milk and the eggs in a bowl.
  • Mix in the flour, sugar, milk powder, salt, and yeast. After kneading for a few minutes (just enough for the dough to come together) add the butter in batches.
  • Knead until the dough is soft and elastic (until windowpane stage). Form into a ball and transfer to an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let it rest for 1-2 hours or until the dough has doubled in size.
  • Transfer the dough onto a well floured surface. Punch down the dough to slightly deflate.
  • To prepare the topping: In a bowl, mix the cheese, flour, icing sugar, and powdered milk thoroughly. Gradually add the melted butter while mixing, until no lumps form. Set aside
  • Divide the dough into 24 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and roll it in the topping. Place each ball onto a baking sheet.
  • Cover the dough balls and rest for 1 hour or until the they double in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 350F/180C. Bake the bread for 10 -12 minutes or until light golden brown.



I cut the butter into pats, since it makes it faster to soften to room temperature and easier to add to the dough.
I found it easier to use chilled cheese for the toppings, especially if the weather is hot. Additionally, I chill the topping while waiting for the dough to rise.
To avoid lumps in the topping, I very briefly ran it through a blender before putting it in the fridge. This makes it easier for the topping to cling to the bread instead of dropping off in clumps.
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