Matcha bread rolls

If you read my blog regularly, you know I’ve been obsessed with making breads with the Tangzhong method lately. A chinese woman, Yvonne Chen, published a book a few years ago where she describes her “Tangzhong” method of creating bread that is incredibly soft, fluffy and bouncy.

So far I’ve made milk toast, raisin rolls, and nutella cream horns. This time I tackled matcha bread rolls because I love matcha.


I was hoping for a greener bread to match with the upcoming holidays, but the breads came out pretty brown on the outside. The inside was a dark green though. Maybe next time I’ll add a little more green tea powder.

I used another recipe I found on Christine’s recipes, who has been trying a lot of recipes from the book. I don’t read chinese, so I can’t read the book myself.

I made a couple of tweaks from the recipe, like I’ve done with the rest of the recipes I’ve tried. I wanted to have a shiny outside, so I used eggwash rather than dusting the bread with flour. This may have been a mistake. The eggwash created a crispy outside and made the exterior of the bread harder than I wanted. I wanted a completely soft bread.

The bread was still good. For the filling, I used red bean paste. I don’t like a lot of filling in my bread, so I only used a little bit of paste.

Matcha green tea bread rolls (adapted from Christine’s recipes)

2 1/2 cups bread flour
3 Tbsp + 2 tsp caster sugar
1 tsp salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk (1/2C)
120 gm tangzhong (refer to this recipe for making tangzhong)
2 tsp instant yeast
3 tbsp butter (cut into small pieces, softened at room temperature)
2 tsp green tea powder
canned red bean paste for filling
1. In the stand mixer bowl, combine salt, sugar, bread flour, green tea powder and instant yeast. Make a well in the center and add in the wet ingredients (milk, egg, tangzhong).
2. Fit the dough hook attachment on your stand mixer and begin mixing on medium speed until the dough comes together. Then add in the butter and continue to mix on medium speed. Keep kneading until the dough is smooth, not too sticky on the surface and elastic. I kneaded the dough for about 18-20 minutes. Each mixer may vary.When the dough is ready, you should be able to take a chunk of dough and stretch it to a very thin membrane before it breaks. When it does break, the break should be form a circle.

3. Then gather up the dough and put it in a bowl greased with oil. Cover with plastic wrap or a wet paper towel. Let it proof until double the size, about 40 minutes.
4. Deflate and divide the dough into 12 equal portions. Knead into ball shapes. Cover with cling wrap, let rest for 15 minutes.
5. Create balls with the red bean paste. Use however much you want for your filling. Make 12 balls.
6. Roll out each small dough ball with a rolling pin and flatten into a disc. Flip the dough so that the smooth side of the disk will be at the bottom (will be the outside of the bun.) Place a small red bean ball in the middle of the non-smooth side of the dough. Pinch the dough closed and knead into a ball shape with the seal facing down. Repeat this step of rolling and wrapping fillings with the rest of your dough. Place onto a baking tray, lined with parchment paper, covered with cling wrap. Let the dough sit for a second round of proofing, about 45 to 60 minutes, until double in size.
7. Bake in a pre-heated 320F oven for about 30 minutes, or until brown on top. Transfer onto a wire rack and let cool completely.

10 comments on “Matcha bread rolls”

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  2. Ohh. These matcha bread rolls look good. I love using the Tangzhong method for the extra soft bread(:

  3. Aww yummy! These are all my favourite flavours in such soft bread 🙂

  4. I must try this recipe. The bred rolls look so cute and delicious

    Monica from Romania

  5. How did you make the rolls so shiny? egg wash?

    • Yes, though on later versions I stopped using the egg wash because it also made the outside shell too hard. I prefer it to be soft.

  6. Hi Kirbie,

    I wish to try the recipe but I am not good with measuring cups for flour and measuring spoons for butter.I would be very grateful if you could weigh them in grammes, please. I notice that the tangzhong is in gm. Thank you

    • I’m sorry but I do not have time to reweigh all the ingredients. You can try searching on google and someone may have done the conversions.

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