Evaporated milk sweet buns

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My family has high expectations from me. I can not make them go back to store-bought bread.

No matter how little time I have on hand, I have to bake bread.

Don’t get me wrong, I love making and eating homemade bread, but some days, when I’m struggling keeping up with laundry, cleaning, cooking, play dates I wish I could just stop at a local bakery and buy a freshly baked loaf.

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These buns were so close to be replaced with store-bought ones.

But I’m glad they are not.

And you should be glad too.

I know you’re probably thinking : did she ran out of regular milk and found a long-time forgotten can of evaporated milk in her pantry?

The answer is no. Since I added evaporated milk to the chickpea flour bread I’ve been meaning to add some to other bread recipes as well.

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These buns are a great addition to any dinner dish if you skip the sprinkled sugar on top, but our choice was for breakfast.

They are soft, fluffy, buttery with a nice creamy color crumb and a golden crust.

I know combining eggs, butter and milk makes a great bread, but I’m still a beginner when it comes to baking with evaporated milk.

So far I can’t complain.

The chickpea flour bread was a success and these buns, well, they were gone in no time!

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Evaporated milk sweet buns

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

2 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 12 buns

Evaporated milk sweet buns

Evaporated milk sweet buns - soft, sweet, buttery with a creamy crumb and a golden crust


  • 4 cups (480 grams) bread flour
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) lukewarm water
  • 2 tsp dry yeast
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbsp (56 grams) butter (melted and cooled)
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) evaporated cane juice organic sugar (granulated sugar works just as well)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) evaporated milk
  • 3 tbsp melted butter + 1 tbsp raw sugar (optional)


  1. In a mixing bowl add 1/4 cup flour, 1/4 cup lukewarm water and 2 tsp yeast. Mix and leave at room temperature until the bubbles appear and has a spongy texture.
  2. In a small separate bowl mix the eggs with the sugar, 4 tbsp melted butter, salt and evaporated milk.
  3. Add them to the yeast mixture and with the dough hook on start mixing while slowly adding the rest of the bread flour, 1/2 cup at a time, making sure it's mixed before you add some more.
  4. When all the flour is added, knead for further 5 minutes on low-to-medium speed.
  5. If you prefer kneading by hand, knead for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic foil and leave at room temperature until doubled in size.
  7. When risen, divide the dough in 12 buns and place them on a baking sheet.
  8. Cover again and leave for a second rise.
  9. In the meantime preheat the oven to 400F.
  10. When the buns are almost doubled in size, brush them with melted butter and sprinkle a little sugar on top. If you want dinner rolls, skip the sprinkled sugar.
  11. Lower the oven temperature to 375F and bake the buns for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  12. Enjoy!

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  1. RavieNomNoms says

    Hello lovely!! Those look SOOOOOO good, what a great idea to put evaporated milk in them. Total winner of a recipe

  2. Carol | a cup of mascarpone says

    I can’t wait to try these beautiful milk buns, Roxana! They look and sound wonderful! Wish I could have one with my coffee right now!

  3. says

    sweet milk buns made of evap milk! this is a popular kind of bun in the Philippines, where I grew up! this reminds me of breadsellers on the streets of Manila, selling these buns from their basket lined with burlap cloths – and fresh from the oven! can I have a dozen please?

  4. says

    My family loves bread, love rolls…these looks perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I need to bake more bread!!! Beautiful inspiration, my friend.

  5. says

    Your family is really lucky, I wouldn’t have made mine eat the stuff from the bakery. I’ve never tried evaporated milk in my bread, will have to try it. Hope you have a great holiday weekend.

  6. says

    I can’t blame your family for not wanting store-bought breads and rolls after seeing all the delicious ones you make. I’ve been thinking I need to start baking homemade bread again. There really is – nothing like it…

  7. says

    Smile. My family and friends have HIGH expectations too! Thank you for sharing with me. And thank you for your kind words and continued support. They mean more to me than I can express! Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. says

    We love that you bake bread too! Beautiful photos Roxana- the sweet buns look so perfectly baked and so delicious, there really is nothing as good as fresh baked bread:-) You are really using some interesting ingredients in your baking, thanks for inspiring me to get a little more creative:-)

  9. Lisa says

    I love the creaminess of evaporated milk..so much so..whenever I need some for a recipe..I always drink some! I can only imagine what it lends to your beautiful buns (umm..that sounded weird, didn’t it? lol)! Another masterpiece., Roxana!

  10. says

    Wow I wish I have these buns! So cute and delicious. I have a can of evaporated milk in my pantry and I haven’t made up my mind how I use it. Darn I wish I live next to you so I can pass it to you (in return for some buns! Hehee). Seriously these look so good! I also love the serving tray too… :)

  11. says

    I can’t wait to give these I try. I’ve got a cabinet full of evaporated milk (never send hubby to the store for sweetened condensed milk again) now I know how to use some of it up! I’ love the idea of a breakfast roll.

  12. Suzanne Platt (@YouMadeThatblog) says

    Lovely looking bun there Roxana 😉 I could use a batch of these for breakfast or anytime of day!

  13. Sadaf says

    Thanks Roxana for a good recipe. I make breads and buns at home too. Evaporated milk addition is interesting.. will try. Anything homemade is delicious and worth while.

  14. says

    Howdy! I made these last night and they turned out pretty good. The insides were perfect. I did want to note that I think 25-30 minutes might be too long for these rolls. I took mine out at 25 minutes and they were already getting crispy on the outside. I will make this recipe again but bake them for 20 minutes next time.

  15. Muriel Brander says

    Recipe says lukewarm water but when mixing ingredients says lukewarm milk what is it water or milk? I only have easy bake yeast you just add it to dry ingredirnts could I just add this to dry mixture instead of adding it to flour etc at beginning of recipe. Help,on this would be very much appreciated. Regards. Muriel brander. From Scotland

    • says

      Hi Muriel,
      Thanks for catching that. Water has been used to proof the yeast.
      If you only have easy bake yeast or instant/rapid yeast, yes, you can mix it with the dry ingredients. It doesn’t need to be proofed.

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