There's a green tea recipe for just about everything you can imagine these days. Today, I'm sharing a recipe for matcha green tea milk bread that's a must-try!
The best part about baking is the creative freedom of making something one of a kind with your own hands.
Choosing your favorite fresh ingredients and trying new things leads to delicious discoveries about taste and health. Adding green tea or matcha to baked bread is a great way to incorporate a tasty superfood that you already know and love into your diet. Sure, fresh tea leaves are not usually what comes to mind when choosing ingredients to bake bread. But many bakers worldwide have already found the pleasure of baking with tea, and soon you will too!
Although an uncommon bread ingredient for most, green tea can lend not only benefits of a unique earthy flavor but also incredible health benefits. The versatility of this superfood ingredient in bread baking alone is almost as impressive as the complete nutrition it provides for your body and mind.
(You can read all about the impressive health benefits of green tea in this post)
A suggestion for balancing out the earthy, sometimes bitter flavor of green tea or matcha is adding sweetener. Raw sugar, honey, agave, and maple syrup compliment the flavor and aroma that green tea presents and are easy to add to a bread recipe. This tip can be used for sweet or savory bread recipes alike.
Adding a pinch of extra salt along with a sweet component to a savory bread recipe allows the flavors to bring out the best in one another, adding complexity and depth to a fresh, homemade baked bread.
Great matcha often comes with a large price tag, and loose tea leaves tend to be more affordable. But both can work well for baking—whether you only have matcha on hand or simply prefer to use loose tea leaves, either can be incorporated into freshly baked bread.
Just be aware of the potency in both aroma and flavor of the amount of tea you choose to bake with. Make sure you consider that matcha provides a more robust flavor in the finished bread than loose tea leaves.
So, if you usually cook with fresh tea leaves, using the same amount when baking with matcha isn't recommended. Or else, you'll end up with a rich aroma but an overwhelming, unpleasant flavor!
The best way to get the most delightful flavor is by using the freshest green tea or matcha available. Then, use it according to your personal preference when baking for friends and family.
Matcha is subtle enough to be mixed in directly without causing issues with bread texture if done carefully and correctly.
The simplest way to incorporate matcha into freshly baked bread is by mixing it in entirely with the dry ingredients. On the other hand, matcha is prone to forming heavy clumps. Whisking the soft powder into a liquid is a little tip that will discourage heavy clumping, resulting in uneven flavor distribution throughout the bread.
Whichever method you use, be sure the matcha is mixed well and dissolved. Although matcha is flavorful enough to not necessarily need to be steeped or infused, attempting this in your baking process cannot hurt and may even yield great results, so why not give it a try?
When it comes to baking, infusing green tea or matcha does not have to compromise the soft, chewy texture of fresh bread.
Here are some tips for achieving perfect bread baked using green tea:
(Do you have a sweet tooth? Here are three green tea dessert recipes to try next)
Taking the above in thought, here is one recipe that you can try out yourself.
Yield: One standard (8½” x 4½”) loaf
There you have it! One chapter and one green tea recipe from my book Cook with Green Tea. This recipe book has more visual images for baking matcha bread, cakes, smoothies, cocktails, and a whole lot more. The book is the ultimate guide for cooking with matcha and green tea, and it also makes the perfect gift for green tea lovers in your life! Grab your copy here!
This green tea recipe was first published in 2019, but it was updated in 2021 just for you.
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