What’s better than soft and fluffy bread? Of course, soft and fluffy sweet hojicha bread! Using milk and honey, each slice is filled with a nutty aroma and a toasty, light caramel flavor.
Hojicha Roasted green tea is great for those who are sensitive to caffeine since tea leaves go through a roasting process. Among other incredible health benefits, hojicha is known for promoting physical and mental relaxation from the amino acid L-Theanine. This sweet hojicha milk bread is the perfect pairing for your cup of tea during any time of the day.
2 cups (250g) of bread flour (May substitute with all purpose flour)
3/4 cup (177g) of milk
1 tsp (6g) of salt
1 tsp (5g) of yeast
1/4 stick of butter
1-1/2 tbsp (30g) of honey
1 tbsp (12g) of sugar
In a small pan, brew the hojicha with milk and strain using a teapot or a tea strainer.
Pour the hojicha milk from above into a large bowl and add the flour and stir.
Add the remaining ingredients together.
Knead the dough for 10 minutes, until the dough becomes smooth and silky. (Feel free to use a powered mixer to knead the dough)
Cover the dough with a towel and let the dough rise for 1 hour. Every 15 minutes, fold the dough in half twice for a total of 4 times. This step will make the bread fluffy by allowing the yeast to mix, allowing for gluten to form.
Let the dough rise for an additional hour in the fridge.
Turn on the oven to 375℉ (190℃).
Remove the bread from the fridge and score the bread.
Place the bread on a baking tray and insert into the oven for about 45 minutes. Add a tray with water on the lower rack of the oven to add steam inside the oven. (Tip: Use a Dutch Oven and keep the lid on for the first 25 minutes for an extra springy texture!).
Remove the bread from the oven and allow it to cool to desired temperature.
Enjoy fresh within 2-3 days (so good, it probably won’t last that long!).
If you recreate this recipe, tag us on Instagram at @senbirdtea or #senbirdtea! We’d love to see your creation.