Matcha Rolls

I pulled hot matcha rolls out of the oven today and ate 3 of them like it was nothing. Thanks to the free sample bag of Dakota Matcha (a grade of matcha meant for baking) from Matcha Source, I confronted my minor fear of bread making and was rewarded with these soft sweet rolls.

And really, I don’t know what I’ve been afraid of because anything baking in the oven will seduce you with the scents that fill the kitchen, even before you take your first chewy bite.

The small proportions make this very manageable and no special equipment is needed. Perfect for a first-time breadmaker! Granted, there is some kneading involved, but the dough is fairly firm and doesn’t make a huge mess. Actually, kneading reminds me of my days studying ceramics and I love the way you can feel the elasticity of the dough change. Doing this convinced me that I don’t need a fancy mixer to handle my dough. I like the old-fashioned way just fine.

The flavor of the matcha is subtle when you eat them hot out of the oven. But it becomes a little more pronounced once they’ve had a chance to cool, with just a hint of sweetness.

Matcha Rolls
Adapted from New Tastes in Green Tea
Makes 8 rolls

2/3 cup milk
2 Tbsp. butter
1 oz. sugar
1/4 oz. (1 packet) dry yeast
7 oz. bread flour
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. matcha
2 Tbsp. toasted black sesame seeds

Gently warm the milk in a small pan over a low heat. Add butter and sugar, and stir until the butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside to cool to body temperature.

Add the dry yeast to the pan and stir. Set aside for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and matcha. Slowly pour in the milk and yeast mixture and stir with a wooden spoon. Once incorporated, turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and has some elasticity. Shape the dough into a ball, cover lightly with a kitchen towel, and let it rise in a warm place for about 40 minutes.

When the dough roughly triples in size, divide it into 8 portions and shape into small rolls. Cover with towel again and let rise for another 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 360 degrees.

Place the rolls on a baking sheet and let them rise again for 30 minutes.

Using your finger, wet the top of the rolls with water and sprinkle the sesame seeds on top. Bake for 12–15 minutes.

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  1. Posted October 22, 2009 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    These look amazing, Azusa!

  2. Posted October 22, 2009 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Candi!

  3. Posted October 25, 2009 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    These look delicious! I’m getting hungry just looking at the pictures. I’m going to bookmark this recipe and try it soon. I’ve had matcha powder sitting in the pantry just waiting to be used.

  4. Yoko
    Posted October 25, 2009 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    Looks delicious! I’ve got try this recipe.

  5. Posted April 17, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    I just baked these a while ago! They were so yummy and came out looking exactly like yours (except I used white sesame). Thanks( :

  6. Posted April 17, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Eva! Glad you liked these. I’m drooling over your NM chocolate chip cookies right now…

  7. Posted August 11, 2011 at 3:07 am | Permalink

    Really great post………love it…………very informative

  8. Posted September 13, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    I will try making those for sure! Can I use regular Matcha tea?

  9. Posted September 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Ajda, yes, you can use matcha for drinking. I believe it’s more expensive than the grade used for baking, but should work fine. Good luck and let me know how it goes!

  10. Maile
    Posted November 17, 2018 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    Just made these, but swapped the matcha powder with taro powder. Delicious! I love your blog!

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