I'm interested in making this milk bread recipe and noticed it called for full cream milk powder. I only have skim milk powder on hand, but read that using just skim milk powder won't provide the full milky taste that using full cream milk powder would.

I was thinking of adding butter to the skim milk powder, would this be a good substitution?

  • Doubt it. Butter has a lot of water.
    – Batman
    Jul 6, 2016 at 16:40
  • By "full cream" do you mean "whole milk"?
    – Catija
    Jul 6, 2016 at 18:07
  • If it ever comes up again, the 'Nido' brand milk powder comes in full-fat, but many stores don't carry it. I normally have to go to hispanic grocery stores or ones that tend to cater to a more international crowd.
    – Joe
    Jul 6, 2016 at 20:16
  • @Catjia, I'm not sure if they're exactly the same, but I'm going to assume yes since it's so difficult to find..
    – greentea
    Jul 6, 2016 at 20:57
  • @Joe: Thank you, I will take a look around my local Asian grocery store for that brand!
    – greentea
    Jul 6, 2016 at 20:58

2 Answers 2


When I am using skim powdered milk and want more fat, I just replace some of the water in the recipe with heavy cream.

Your recipe doesn't have water, it already uses milk and cream. You could replace a little of the milk with cream to make up the difference.

However, with all the cream and butter in that recipe, I doubt you would be able to notice the fat missing from the dry milk.

I would just use your skim dry milk and not worry about it.


I wouldn't add whole butter if all you're after is some extra fat.

You could try gently rendering down some unsalted butter to get the fat you want.

Do this on very low heat, do not let it burn, take it on and off the heat periodically until it barely begins to foam, then skim off the fat with a small strainer or a tea ball.

Then, save the clarified butter for something else.

A small quantity of that stuff goes pretty far, so you'd have to do some experimenting. A stingy teaspoon per cup of skim milk powder sounds like a reasonable starting point, but try a small batch first for testing.

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