Wild and Wonderful: Leopard Milk Bread Adventure

I must admit, this time I am very proud of myself! Not only because the Leopard milk bread came out even better than what I expected, but also because it became viral on Instagram!

It was the first time for me to film a video tutorial, but you guys loved it and so many of you already made my recipe successfully! YAY! If you’d like to bake this bread along with me, please head over my Reels on Instagram for the tutorial.

Introduction about Leopard milk bread

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The pattern is so pretty, do you agree?

To make the leopard pattern, you have to divide the main dough into 3 parts and then add cacao powder to two of them to get two different shade of brown color!

Once you have the three doughs, you will have to divide them into smaller portions and roll them into logs.That’s all!

I made this bread using the bread starter method (also called Tangzhong), which is an amazing and very simple technique to increase the moisture content of the bread. This results in a soft and moist bread that keeps fresh for several days without drying out!

This recipe is dairy- free , egg-free, and vegan-friendly. Feel free to replace soy milk with full fat milk and vegan butter with regular butter if you prefer.

Wild and Wonderful: Leopard Milk Bread Adventure

Leopard milk bread

Dairy-free, egg-free, vegan
Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
2 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Course Breakfast
Cuisine French
Servings 1 20 cm loaf
Calories 205 kcal


  • 1 20 cm loaf pan, stand mixer with hook attachment


Ingredients for the starter (tangzhong)

  • 45  g (3 tbsp) bread flour 240
  • 240  ml  (1 cup) water

Ingredients for the dough

  • all the starter (tangzhong)
  • 440  g (3 1/2 cups) bread flour
  • 2 g instant yeast (or 1 pack active dry yeast)
  • 30  g light brown sugar
  • 3,5 g (1/2 tsp) fine salt
  • 45 ml  full fat soy milk room temp
  • 100 ml  water room temp
  • 30 g vegan butter softened

Ingredients for the light brown dough

  • 1 tsp   cacao powder
  • 1 tsp  soy milk

Ingredients for the dark brown dough

  • 1 tbsp  Dutch processed cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp  soy milk


Make the starter (tangzhong)

  • Whisk water and flour in a small pan. Cook on medium heat until the mixture starts to thicken. Cover and let cool down completely before using.

Make the main dough

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer whisk flour, yeast, sugar, salt. Add milk, water and starter and knead until just combined. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 5 min. Add butter and knead until smooth and elastic (about 15 minutes).

Make the brown doughs

  • Divide the dough into two parts, one slightly larger than the other.
  • Roll the larger portion into a smooth ball and place it in a greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap.
  • Cut the remaining portion of dough into two pieces.
  • Incorporate 1 tsp of cacao powder + 1 tsp milk into one piece, kneading until you achieve a uniform light brown color. Roll the dough into a smooth ball, and place into a greased bowl then cover with plastic wrap.
  • Add the dark cacao and milk to the second dough , kneading well until you have a uniform dark brown color. Shape into a ball and place into a greased bowl, covered.
  • Allow all three doughs to rise, covered, until they have doubled in size, about 1h.

Shape the bread

  • Once doubled , punch down each dough ball to remove air.Portion each ball of dough into 8 equal parts, cover with plastic wrap to keep them moist.
  • Take one light brown dough balls and roll it out into small rectangle. Roll the long side of the rectangle up tightly to form a long log. Repeat with all dough balls. Cover and set aside.
  • Next take a dark brown dough ball and roll it into a small rectangle, as long as the light brown log.
  • Wrap the dark brown rectangle around the light brown one and set aside.
  • Finally take one of the plain balls and roll into a rectangle. Roll the light and dark brown dough log inside of the rectangle and stretch to fit the pan. Place all the logs into the greased pan.
  • Cover the loaf pan in plastic wrap, set a sheet pan on top and set aside to rise for another 50 minutes.
  • Halfway through the proof, preheat oven to 175C /350F degrees. When dough has risen, brush the top of the loaf with soy milk and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  • When loaf is done, remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack for at least one hour before slicing and serving.


Keyword bread, milk

Cooking tips

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Here are some cooking tips for making Leopard Milk Bread:

  1. Measure ingredients accurately: Baking is a precise science, so it’s important to measure your ingredients accurately. Use a kitchen scale for the most accurate measurements.
  2. Use a good quality cocoa powder: The cocoa powder is what gives the bread its leopard pattern, so it’s important to use a high-quality cocoa powder for the best results.
  3. Don’t overmix the dough: Overmixing can make the bread tough and dense. Mix the dough just until the ingredients are combined.


  1. Let the dough rest: After mixing the dough, let it rest for about 10 minutes to allow the gluten to relax. This will make the dough easier to work with.
  2. Roll the dough gently: When rolling the dough, be gentle to avoid squishing the leopard spots. Use a light touch and roll the dough out slowly.
  3. Be patient: Making Leopard Milk Bread takes time and patience, but the end result is worth it. Don’t rush the process and follow the recipe carefully for the best results.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to make a beautiful and delicious Leopard Milk Bread that’s sure to impress!

FAQs of Leopard milk bread

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Here are some frequently asked questions about Leopard Milk Bread:

Q: Can I use a different type of flour?
A: Yes, you can use a different type of flour, such as whole wheat flour or bread flour, instead of all-purpose flour. However, this may affect the texture of the bread.

Q: Can I make the dough ahead of time?
A: Yes, you can make the dough ahead of time and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours. When ready to bake, let it come to room temperature and continue with the recipe.

Q: Can I make this recipe gluten-free?
A: Yes, you can make this recipe gluten-free by using a gluten-free flour blend instead of all-purpose flour. Be sure to use a blend that is suitable for baking and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for substitution ratios.

Q: Can I use a different type of milk?
A: Yes, you can use a different type of milk, such as almond milk or soy milk, instead of whole milk. This may affect the flavor and texture of the bread.

Q: Can I use a different type of cocoa powder?
A: Yes, you can use a different type of cocoa powder, such as Dutch-processed cocoa powder, instead of natural cocoa powder. This may affect the color and flavor of the leopard spots.

Q: Can I freeze the bread?
A: Yes, you can freeze the bread for up to 3 months. Let it cool completely, then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and place it in a resealable plastic bag or container. Thaw it at room temperature before serving.

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