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Having made the traditional hot cross buns many times before, I wanted to experiment and try something different this year. Of course, I thought of green tea, one of my favourite flavours. I came across quite a few recipes that paired these green tea hot cross buns with red bean paste or sweetened red beans, but I love the pairing of green tea and white chocolate. The bitterness of the tea flavour works well with the sweetness of the white chocolate and it’s not so far off from making chocolate hot cross buns. I bought some hot cross buns from my local bakery to compare with and these hot cross buns are just as or even more so, fluffy inside. Perfect warm, with a thin smothering of butter or even red bean or black sesame paste if you’re feeling a bit adventurous.

Matcha White Chocolate Hot Cross Buns (adapted from Wandercooks and Taste.com.au)
Makes: 12 Buns
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Passive Time: 2 hours

Ingredients
Matcha Dough
600g Plain Flour, Extra for Dusting
14g Dried Instant Yeast
100g Caster Sugar
25g Matcha Green Tea Powder
1 1/2 tbsp Mixed Spice
1/8 tsp Salt
250g White Chocolate Chips
50g Unsalted Butter
300ml Full Cream Milk, Room Temperature
2 Eggs, Lightly Beaten

Flour Paste for the Crosses
90g Plain Flour
4-7 tbsp Water

Glaze
80ml Water
30g Caster Sugar

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Method
1. In a large bowl, sift the flour, caster sugar, matcha green tea powder, mixed spice and salt. Then add in the yeast and stir until mixed well.

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2. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low-medium heat. Then add in the milk and heat until the mixture is lukewarm.

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3. Pour the lukewarm milk and butter mixture into the dry ingredients, along with the beaten eggs and mix slowly until the dough starts to combine then add in the white chocolate chips and mix until the dough forms into a ball.

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4. Take the dough out of the bowl and onto a floured surface, and knead the dough for around 10 minutes or until the dough is nice and smooth. Place the dough into a large lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm place for around 1 to 1.5 hours or until the dough doubles in size.

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5. Once the dough has doubled in size, take it out of the bowl and knead the dough back to its original size. Split the dough into 12 equal parts (roughly 100g in weight) and roll into a ball. Then place onto a lined baking tray roughly 1 cm apart and allow the dough to rest for another 30 minutes. Once the dough has doubled in size again or near doubled in size, preheat the oven to 170?C.

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6. To make the crosses, combine the plain flour and water in a small bowl. Add a tablespoon of water at a time until it’s just runny enough to pipe. Place the paste into a piping bag and pipe onto the buns.

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7. Once the dough has doubled in size, place in the oven to bake for around 20 to 25 minutes or until they have browned on the top. Remove from the oven and place the buns onto a cooling rack.

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8. To glaze the buns, combine the water and caster sugar into a small saucepan and heat over low heat. Bring to the boil, stirring if necessary so that the sugar dissolves and boil for around 3 to 4 minutes. Brush the glaze onto the warm hot cross buns then serve the buns warm or at room temperature.

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Ingredients
Matcha Dough
  • 600g Plain FlourExtra for Dusting
  • 14g Dried Instant Yeast
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 25g Matcha Green Tea Powder
  • 1 1/2tbsp Mixed Spice
  • 1/8tsp Salt
  • 250g White Chocolate Chips
  • 50g Unsalted Butter
  • 300ml Full Cream MilkRoom Temperature
  • 2 EggsLightly Beaten
Crosses
  • 90g Plain Flour
  • 4-7tbsp Water
Glaze
  • 80ml Water
  • 30g Caster Sugar
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Recipe Notes

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  • You can also 1 to 2 tbsp of azuki (red) beans or paste inside before shaping it into a ball and resting for a second time.
  • If you prefer something less sweet, use around 50g less of white chocolate baking chips but be aware that the bread itself isn't particularly sweet.
  • You can also make a glaze with 1:1 portion of apricot jam and hot water and mix it together to brush on the top.

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