[Marbled matcha brioches]
With no rational reason except that those brioches looked terribly good, I decided to venture into the realm of feuilletage; once again. Although, this time, my kitchen did not come with a rolling pin.
I could have bought one on my recent visit to Pages. I almost did in fact. But eventually got out from the shop carrying many cercles [rings], a couple of knives, a sugar thermometer, and some ramekins.
Quite providentially, my kitchen did come with more empty wine bottles than I’m willing to admit ; let’s be honest, we had five of them sitting on the counter.
In my defense, I must tell you they have been there for weeks.
Armed with the one bottle that seemed fit for the occasion – read perfectly cylindrical, label removed – I went straight for the recipe. And then realised the folding instructions were in Japanese.
Now, why did my kitchen not come with full wine bottles instead? At that point, I could have used a glass.
Instead, I started doodling, only to realise my panic attack was pointless. A simple tour double.
Just like for puff pastry.
I made the dough. Left it to rise. Made the matcha filling. Chilled it. Then, I started rolling and folding, and rolling and folding.
Somehow, my dreamlike vision of the use of wine bottles as rolling pins vanished when the filling started leaking and the dough stuck to the bottle.
My counter ended up green, so did my fingers.
But that’s okay.
First, because I like green. And second, because I see no problem whatsoever in licking green fingers when they taste like matcha.
One lesson I have learnt from this experience: get yourself a decent rolling pin girl.
If unlike me – and probably not unlike every person around the world – you own a rolling pin, then I urge you to make these brioches. With green tea, or if you’re feeling a little more subversive, with cocoa powder.
Brioches marbrées au thé matcha
Adapted from Les carnets parisiens.
Don’t be scared with all the rolling pin action here. These brioches are very easy to make, and a treat to eat.
Soft and fragrant.
When it comes to yeasted dough, my favourite kneading technique – which I learnt at school – is quite close from this one. I wish I could make a video to show you, but for now, the explanations of Richard Bertinet will have to do.
I don’t do it the exact same way, but the throwing and folding are similar. Trust me, this kneading technique is a keeper.
If you’re going to use cocoa powder instead of matcha, go for 20g of powder. And then proceed as follow.
Brioches marbrées au thé matcha
Makes 12 small brioches
For the brioche dough
300g strong flour
60g cater sugar
one tsp dehydrated yeast
125g whole milk
50g butter, diced and at room temperature
For the matcha filling
one egg white
50g caster sugar
20g matcha green tea
Make the dough. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except for the butter and mix until it forms a rough dough.
On an unfloured surface, start kneading the dough incorporating the butter as you do so until it forms a smooth ball; around 8 minutes.
Place the dough back into the bowl – covered with a cloth – and leave in a warm place for 2 hours or until double in size.
make the filling. Bring the milk to the boil. While it’s heating, mix the white and sugar in a bowl until combined. Mix in the flour and matcha green tea, and beat until homogeneous.
When the milk is boiling, pour it over the matcha mixture, whisking as you do so. Transfer back into the pan, and cook on medium heat until thick. Mix in the butter.
Spread it on a baking tray lined with cling film, around 20x15cm. Chill.
Remove any air from the brioche dough by gently patting it down, then roll it into a 30x20cm rectangle. Place the matcha filling in the middle, then fold the dough over it, sealing the extremities together. Roll into a longer rectangle, then make a tour double. Repeat the folding one more time, then roll the dough back into a 30x20cm.
Roll the dough onto itself to form a log. Trim the ends, then using a sharp knife, slice into 3cm-thick segments.
Butter 12 5.5cm-wide rings, and place the slices into them, cut side up.
Cover loosely with cling film, and allow to rise for 30 to 45 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180°C, and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.