Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Green Tea Buns with Green Tea Crusted Topping

My twist on Rotiboy (or Mexican Buns)! Instead of the coffee flavored that we have known and loved, I made it into green tea flavored. As my readers know, I love green tea powder or matcha and I had done some baking based on it as well. This recipe came about while I was looking at my previous Rotiboy's post, I thought of this idea, why not experiment it in a different flavor and green tea just stood out. So, I have this recipe in file for me to try for months, but just never gotten to really make it (blame my laziness). I finally made it today because my store-bought bread is running low and I am short of posts to post in my blog. So, that did it, I had to take my breadmaker out and start working. :P

These green tea buns came out so good, soft and fluffy (it even left a dent when my fingers picked out the buns to cool) with the crusty sweet topping that I loved. Simply delicious! If you love green tea, you should give this bun a try! I will certainly make more of this. :)

Resting and proving until double in size.

Then, pipe the topping into spiral on top of each bun.

Add a little black sesame seeds in the center of each bun.

Like this! Don't spread the sesame seeds all over, just place it in the center as the topping will spread out when baking.

Green Tea Buns: (Yield about 18-20 buns)
  • 230ml cold water
  • 1 Tbsp. milk powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 5 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. green tea powder for baking
  • 2 3/4 cup bread flour
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. bread improver
  • 1 Tbsp. instant yeast


1. Add everything according to your bread maker manual. Turn on the dough function and let the bread maker do the work.

2. When done, take the dough out, give it a few kneads and roll the dough in cylinder shape, cut out individual portion, roll it into ball and place it on a baking pan lined with parchment paper.

Note: You can add filling you like at this point such as cream cheese, red bean paste or salted butter. (I omitted filling to cut down on calories and fat)

3. Cover with plastic wrap and let it proves for 45-60 minutes depending on the temperature of your room (or double in size).

4. When double in size, pipe the green tea topping on top of each bun in spiral motion and add some black sesame seeds in the middle. Bake in the preheated 375'F oven for 10 minutes.

5. Cool on wire rack and keep the leftover in the air-tight container. If the topping turns soft (should turn soft) the next day, just toast it in the toaster oven for 4-5 minutes, the topping will turn crispy again.

Really very soft and fluffy. Delectable!

Green Tea Crusted Flavored Topping:
  • 1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp. sifted cake flour
  • 1/4 cup sifted icing sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. of soften butter (or 1/4 cup)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. green tea powder for baking
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Whisk until well blended and put it into a piping bag (or a zipper bag and cut the corner off) in preparation for spiral piping on top of each bun.


Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

Gosh, they look AMAZING! And thanks for sharing the tip on how to place the sesame seeds. I would have scattered all over! Lovely, soft texture. Can't stop at one.

The Cooking Ninja said...

wow! they look gorgeous and delicious. erhm...what is bread improver?

Anh said...

The bun looks lovely! I like the idea of the crust, too!

sock peng said...


Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

wah, this green tea bun look really interesting, I have never try use matcha to bake bread, Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe, I will try out soon.

Food For Tots said...

I luv anything with mocha. This recipe is definitely a keeper to me. Tks for sharing!

No-frills recipes said...

Wow, they do look so inviting, can smell it, must be yummy .....reminds me that when the first 'Roti Boy' set up stall at the Tesco outlet, there was a long queue just to buy them.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Thanks Little Teochew. Yes, it's hard to stop at just one. :P

Cooking Ninja, bread improver is a powder that we bought in M'sia baking supply shop. It improved the texture of the bread and keep it soft for days.

Thanks Anh.

Yes SP, it's the same actually, just change the cocoa powder to green tea powder. Hehe...

Yes, do try Sonia. I love matcha bread too. My girls each has one for breakfast.

You're welcome FFTots. Mocha one is very fragrant too.

Yes no-frills recipes, this kind of bread is best eaten warm just out of the oven, just like Rotiboy. Have to toast them in the oven to heat up for the subsequent days. :)

SIG said...

They look gorgeous!

Baking Fiend said...

wow... sure looks tempting enough for me! tks for sharing the recipe.

Beachlover's Kitchen said...

your buns really look like "poh loh pau" (pineapple bun) sold in chinese bakery here! I can see how soft is the texture of your bun!! want to grab one and sink my teeth into it!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Thanks SIG!

You're welcome baking fiend.

Thanks Les. It's really soft and yummy.

Lele said...

Oh wow that picture of the inside of the buns is beautiful. They look so light and fluffy!

Noob Cook said...

This looks better than Roti Boy's! You give them some stiff competition, heh

Mable said...

the bun looks amazing! i had no idea that's how you did it. job well done! this is very educating :) thanks for sharing

Unknown said...

ohhhh so beautiful! way i can make this at home...i'll buy yours instead

Christine Ho said...

Oh, love these green tea buns with soft texture. They are just great for morning tea or afternoon tea.

Mrs T said...

Hi,.. I am a long time follower, but this is my first time trying your recipe.The green tea topping is so delicious and the bread so soft. thanks for the recipe

Little Corner of Mine said...

You are welcome Mrs.T and thanks for your feedback, this is one of my favorite buns.

Chloe said...

Hi . great blog u have here. Question. Is the topping amount enough for the dough recipie above? Thanks for help as I like green tea and would like to try this out.

ajit singh said...

nice blog and very helpful