Friday, December 14, 2012

Matcha red bean buns; Christmas Tree

Time is flying pass so fast and it is only 10 days to Christmas. *Exciting* Although we are home bound this time during this Christmas, I am still glad because we get to enjoy more quiet family time. Besides that, we also put up our beautiful Christmas tree which has been "hibernating" for more then half a decade! (No worries, it's still in very good condition, haha!) This Christmas tree shared lots of wonderful memories with us, of our dear friends and family. So it's always sentimental to put it up. And now that the kids are more grown up, they were a great help in decorating the tree with the loads of ornaments that we have collected over the years from several countries as we traveled. (not to mention all those magnets on the fridge as well! ~faint~)

Talking about Christmas Tree, I got in the festive mood and baked a Christmas Tree too! A tree made from Matcha (green tea) soft buns, dried cranberries and sweet red bean paste filling. It was fun making it!
I got this great recipe from yet another cookbook I bought in Taiwan. Yes, I am gonna slowly post all them nice recipes all up, lol! This book is call "糕點女王的聰明烘焙法" which consist of simple delicious daily recipes that we love baking up when we have that small pocket of time. Again I did a little change to the recipe to my liking, here is my version:

Ingredients for Matcha Buns (enough to make a Christmas Tree)
200g Bread flour
20g wholewheat flour
6g Matcha powder
40g caster sugar
4g instant active dry yeast
1 egg white
3g salt
135ml water
30g unsalted butter @room temperture
1/4 tsp green food gel (optional : only if you want it real green)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Red bean paste filling (or any filling you fancy)
  • In a mixing bowl, add in bread, wholewheat flour, matcha powder, sugar, salt, water, egg white and yeast. Mix well till it comes together to form a pilable dough.
  • Continue to knead till it is not sticky and pulls away from the mixing bowl. Add in butter (and green food coloring if using) and continue to knead till it reaches window stage.
  • Cover dough and let proof at room temperature for 2hours or till it doubled in size.
  • Punch out the air and divide the dough into 11 equal rounds. (or which ever portions you see fot to build your tree). Cover and let rest for 10 mins)
  • Flatten each dough portion and place about 15g of red bean paste in the center. Close and seal nicely. Roll round and lay it on a baking pan laid with parchment. Repeat for the rest of the portions till all is filled and rolled. Remember to assemble your tree as you go along.
  • Brush the dough surface with some egg white/water and press on some dried cranberries as decorations. Let proof for anothwe 30 minites covered.
  • Preheat the oven to 175C.
  • Bake the tree in the oven for 15minutes or till it is golden brown in colour. Remove from oven and let cool before serving.
As you can see, this is not complicated, I think anyone can bake this wonderful festive bread at home. Whether you choose green tea or pandan flavor, I am sure your little ones at home will enjoy, pulling off these soft delicious buns and munching it down happily. :)
Again another wonderful easy recipe, soft and yummy even on the following days! Do give this recipe a try. ;)

I am happy to submit this post to this month's Aspiring Bakers #26 - Creative Christmas Motif Bakes! hosted by Alan of Travellingfoodies. Thanks for hosting Alan! If you have not made anything for this month's AB, get in the kitchen now and join in the festive fun! 

Okay, hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Cheers!


Unknown said...

wow this looks so good :) love the green hue in them yum

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Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Everyone seem have making this Christmas bread tree , i still have no plan on any Christmas bake yet, hopefully can bake something to join this fun festive day .

MIch Piece of Cake said...

Love your Christmas tree bread. the green makes it look more authentic.

Angie's Recipes said...

Such a creative and festive bread recipe!

lena said...

not only the tree is pleasing to my eyes, i'm sure this is so nice to eat too! yeah, would love to see more recipes from the book you mentioned :)

My Little Space said...

Love your X'mas bread! Simply beautiful. I've also some bakery selling snowman :o)

Betty said...

Hi, I just wanted to say that I love the different flavours that you incorporate into your breadmaking - it is very inspiring. And thank you for the recipes :)

Betty said...

Hi, I just wanted to say that the different flavours that you can incorporate into your breadmaking is inspiring, especially as you can keep the texture so soft! And thank you for the recipes :D