Thanks to Don for posting this earlier. Made it for dinner, dough in the bread machine, then baked in oven. Used skim milk powder and almond milk instead of whole milk and cream, with a tablespoon of sour cream. Egg White wash on top. Didn’t make the stringy paste stuff either, just mixed 2 TB flour with 1/3 cup hot water before adding the other ingredients.
Original link with pretty pictures: http://food52.com/blog/11323-how-to-make-japanese-milk-bread-at-home
add 1/3 cup hot water and 2 TB bread flour to bread machine, stir well to dissolve.
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (use less sugar for regular milk or sweetened almond milk)
1/4 cup sourdough starter (optional)
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar (this was a bit sweet, could use 1/8 cup)
2 3/4 cup bread flour
1/4 cup skim milk powder
1 TB sour cream
2 TB butter, cut into 8ths if not softened
2 tsp yeast
Process on dough setting, then form into 4 balls and place in greased pan. allow to rise, then bake in preheated 350F oven for about 28-30 minutes.