Homemade Braided Sticky Glutinous Rice Bread

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braided rice bread recipe

Have you ever watched the growingly popular series, Downtown Abbey? A lot of people have noticed the breakfast scenes in particular and have wanted to replicate food from the show.

In one of the scenes, there is a beautiful loaf of white bread served in the servant’s quarters. It’s the kind of bread that looks both soft and full of goodness. Now that you’ve stumbled upon this page, you can now make this beautiful loaf become a reality for you.

If you’ve ever wondered how to make bread with rice flour, this is a brilliant rice flour bread recipe that emulates this very kind of loaf.

Sweet Braided Rice  Bread

Is It Gluten-Free?

We regret to inform you that this bread is not gluten-free. Like most bread, it is full of gluten. The final texture is very stretchy, and it is the work of gluten that helps accomplish this stretchiness.

Two types of flour, both the glutinous rice flour and bread flour, come together to create a texture sensation that is very elastic and also soft to chew. The result is a mouthwatering product that sticks to your mouth but in a pleasant way.

It soaks up brilliantly in pools of melted butter and has a subtle sweetness to it, which caramelizes brilliantly. We couldn’t commend this kind of bread more highly.

And although it can require some preparation time, it is a wonderful loaf that you simply will have to make time and time again. Never again will you be more excited about breakfast!

The Sticky Rice Bread Recipe

This recipe produces two medium-sized loaves for your best bread box. If you can’t find sticky rice flour in the shop, it is also known as glutinous rice flour. We recommend going to your local Asian supermarket where you will be able to find it with ease.

You can make the loaves of bread to be eaten straight away, or you can save them for later – they will freeze well in their freezer for around 2 to 3 months.

The Best Rice Bread

What is bread flour good for if you don’t use it in this recipe? We hope that this rice bread recipe works wonders for you. It truly is homemade rice bread that surpasses the standard. We hope you try this recipe out for yourself and, most importantly, enjoy it!

Glutinous Flour Rice Bread

Have you ever had rice bread that is sticky, soft, and stringy? It's a heavenly combination of textures that you'll just love the taste. We are going to tell you how to make it and why it is so brilliant.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
R|ising time2 hrs
Total Time3 hrs
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: rice bread
Servings: 2 servings


  • 1 ¼ cups sticky rice flour
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 ⅓ cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp instant dry yeast
  • 1 ⅓ tbsp softened unsalted butter


  • Get a medium saucepan on the go and whisk all of the rice flour and water together. Place the pan over medium heat and stir continuously until it is forms a thick blob. After this, simply remove the pan from the heat and let it cool down for about 12 minutes. You want to keep stirring it to let the heat out.
  • Get your stand mixer and put in the bread hook adjustment. After this, take a bowl and combine the egg whites, bread flour, sugar, salt, yeast, and cooled rice flour and water. Mix it all up on low speed until a dough has formed, scraping the bowl down continuously if needed. Once a solid mass of dough has been formed, you can increase speed to a medium-high setting for around five minutes.
  • Slow your mixer down and put in the soft butter. Once everything has been incorporated, knead it in the mixer on a medium-high setting for around 15 minutes. In the end, you will want to have a dough that is smooth but sticky to the touch. Don't worry if it seems too sticky, simply cover up your bowl with plastic cling film and let it rest. It should proof at room temperature until it has doubled, and this will take about two hours.
  • Get two large loaf tins and put parchment paper inside them. Scrape all of your dough onto a countertop with flour on it. Then divide all of the dough into two pieces. After this, divide each of your halves into three more pieces, dusting with flour as you go. Roll out each of your six pieces into long strips and be sure to push out any air bubbles as you go along. Take 3 strips and braid them together to make one loaf, pinching them closely tight at the ends. After that do the same for the other strips. Now place the two loaves into your prepared pans. Cover everything up with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 15 hours or more.
  • Take your dough out of the fridge and let it sit for a while at room temperature while the oven preheats up to 350 degrees. Now place your bread into the oven and cover it loosely with pieces of parchment paper. After baking for 25 minutes, remove the top layer of parchment paper and bake again for another 20 minutes.
  • Once it is done, let it cool down for about half an hour before slicing.

Would you make any tweaks to our recipe? Do you know how to make bread in a rice cooker? Tell us in the comments section below.


Author’s Bio: Rae-Rae has always been a lover of baking. She grew up on a farm and learned how to make bread flour with her grandmother. She now works as a copywriter and loves working on a freelance basis for herself. It gives her more time to bake!

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