Thursday, 10 January 2013

Green Tea Swirl Loaf

I made this Green Tea Swirl Bread after seeing Lena's lovely loaf. Lena gave a good review of this bread and my family really liked it too. The texture of the bread is soft and fluffy and it leaves a lingering green tea fragrance as you bite into it. The best part was that it remained soft till the second day even though it uses the straight dough method. 

Different types of Matcha powder colour the bread differently. I'm a little disappointed that my Matcha powder, supposedly a good quality one from Japanese section of the supermarket, had such a dull and muted green. It is quite different from the green I see from Lena and Min's blog. Lena's bread was a bright green while Min's had a deep green. I really like their vibrant shades of greens and will continue my search for a different brand of green tea powder to make this again. Anyone has recommendations on where to find a better Matcha powder in Singapore?

Green Tea Swirl Loaf (1 Loaf)
Recipe adapted from Her Frozen Wings and Min's Blog

  • 300 g bread flour 
  • 30 g caster sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt 
  • 1 1/4 tsp instant yeast 
  • 180 ml water 
  • 20 g butter (I replaced with 20 g canola oil) 
  • 1/2 tsp green tea powder  (I used 2 tsp green tea powder)

  • Combine flour, sugar , salt , yeast and water in a mixer and mix well till smooth dough is formed (I used my bread maker and churned it for about 5 mins).
  • Add in butter (oil) till dough is smooth and shiny (I churned it for another 5 mins).
  • Divide dough into 2 portions and add in the green tea powder into one portion and mix till dough is even colour. (I took out half the dough, added green tea powder into the other half and churned the green tea portion for another 5 mins to mix in).
  • Clingwrap both dough and let it proof about an hour or almost double in size.
  • Shape both dough into round shapes and let them rest for 10 minutes.
  • Divide each dough into 2 portions, so now altogether there are 2 portions of plain dough and 2 portions of green tea dough. 
  • Roll them out and shape them into rectangle.  Stack the layers alternately, flatten the dough and roll them up tight.
  • Place in a lightly greased loaf tin (11cm x 11cm x 23cm) and let proof for second time for an hour.
  • Bake in a preheated oven 180 degrees C for 30 mins. (I baked mine at 180 degrees C for 20 mins).  


  1. Lovely loaf, Mich! Looks so soft and moist! Yes, I remember seeing this at Lena's. I can imagine having this with some butter or even a spread of kaya! Yum!

  2. Mich , at last I can view your site on my blogroll :D ... Muted green color aside , your green tea loaf looks good ! I just love homemade bread , it taste really delicious compare to store-bought ones .

  3. Mich, I should really get started on baking bread. But I think I am a coward, scared it won't turn out well. Your bread does look soft and fluffy, I always like fresh bread with butter or kaya but not toast.

  4. I love this loaf too and made a chocolate swirl version at the time when I saw lena's post because I do not have green tea I do not have bread flour:( Really got to go get some...miss baking bread!

  5. Hi Mich, your loaf look really soft and fluffy. The swirl look very pretty.
    I bring kaya and coffee?? LOL

    Have a wonderful day ahead,regards.

  6. Love the beautiful swirl of your green tea loaf. May be you should check with lena & Min about the type of green tea powder that they are using. I also found out that my Jap green tea powder doesn't give a nice green colour.

  7. I love bread, any kind of bread! Love the swirl in side. You know my green tea powder doesn't has a nice green color too...but it does have a wonderful scent though. Perhaps our green tea powder is meant to to use for tea making not baking, lol!

  8. Howdy Mich! Happy New Year dear. I know I know it took me so long to visit all. I've been extremely busy eversince after school reopened. Can hardly space out a little time for myself. However, I am melting away after looking at your delicious looking bread. Hmmmm.... Slurp..... Hope you're enjoying your evening.
    Best wishes, Kristy

  9. What a lovely bread! This would go perfectly with my jar of apple butter. Thank you for sharing. I hope you are having a week full of good food and laughter. Happy to start my day here!

  10. I supposed they use those matcha powder that specially for baking, drop me an email and i can send some for you..cheers..

  11. Wow this is very inventive Mich. I can see the softness of this bread. How interesting adding green tea. It must have a very aromatic taste.
    Have a nice weekend!

  12. Such a beautifully baked loaf of it

  13. What a creative and pretty loaf of bread this is! Ive used Matcha to make cookies before, but this bread is really impressive. I bet it's delicious!

  14. hi mich, is this an old post? sorry i cant exactly remember. I can send you a bottle of the matcha powder, no worries. write to you later.

  15. This sounds wonderful and I love the use of green tea in the bread. How fragrant and beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing and thanks for updating me on the new location of your blog... Happy New Year!

  16. I love green tea flavour. The bread looks super.

  17. Oh Mich your bread is beautiful, I have updated your website details on my blogs I love list!

  18. This is lovely bread. This really brings back memories when I was little and we used to buy similar bread from the mobile bread man. Only thing is, it's not green tea but more of food coloring of pink and white.

  19. Your swirl (and green tea!) looks beautiful! I'm always fascinated with this swirl technique... one day I want to make something with it. I just admire how pretty this loaf is!

  20. I've been meaning to make a green tea swirl bread for a while now. I hear you about the Match powder, it took me a while to find one I really like after spending quite a couple of $$$ on the expensive supermarket one.
    Thanks for sharing this bread with #bakeyourownbread.

  21. Homemade bread always taste so yummy, I love the green tea that you added in this bread. It looks so pretty and I sure that it taste as good as it looks. I am a big fan of green tea.

  22. Your swirls are really pretty! :)

  23. Mich I love you used green tea in this look amazing:)

  24. Mich,
    Your green tea swirl loaf looks so awesome.
    I like straight dough method, it is fast and the result is really good too.
    This is going to my 'to do list' I like green tea very much ;)
    Have a wonderful week ahead.


  25. Gosh that is pretty!! I didn't know such a loaf was possible but am grateful to learn this technique of rolling up the two distinctly different doughs together. Fantastic! Glad to see you at Twelve Loaves, thanks for linking up!

  26. looks nice and i hope it taste delicious. i always wanted to make some delicious items with green tea. and thanks for this one i would love try this.hope it will good be as yours.

    Alan Green