The different flavoured doughs, ready for proofing
Braided and into the pan for second proofing
Just out of the pan and cooling on the rack...can't wait to slice through it!
There! So pretty and soft and fluffy! Each piece yields a different design creating a marble effect:D
There's a slight green tea flavour coming through but none for the chocolate flavoured dough.
Here's the recipe if you are interested to give it a try:-
300g bread flour
30g castor sugar (I just put in 1 tablespoon, not sure if that is equivalent to 30g)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 & 1/4 teaspoons (5g) instant yeast
180g water (I actually used the scale to weigh the water!)
20g unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon green tea powder (I used 1 tsp)
1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder (I used 1 tsp)
This is how I do it:-
Place water, sugar, salt, bread flour and yeast in the mixer bowl of a stand mixer machine. Mix with the hook attachment until you obtained a rough dough. Add the softened butter and continue kneading for about 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. It is ready when the dough is slapping against the bowl and no longer sticking on it.
Remove dough from the bowl and divide into 3 equal portions (about 170-180g per portion).
On a lightly floured surface, take a piece of dough and knead in the cocoa powder. Knead the green tea powder into the second piece of dough. Place the doughs in 3 separate bowls and cover with cling wrap and let them rise till double in volume, about 60 mins. Took me less time because it was a hot day!
Remove doughs and gently knead each dough to degass. I start braiding from here without further resting time. Roll each dough to form long ropes of about 30 cm in length. Connect one end together and start plaiting into a loose braid. Pinch and seal the ends. Place the plaited dough, tucking the ends down, into a well greased pullman loaf pan.
Cover the lid and leave dough for a second proofing until it has risen up to 90% of the height of the tin. Again it took me less than 60 minutes to achieve this.
Bake at preheated oven at 180-190 degC for about 30-40 mins. I need to bake for 40 minutes in my oven.
Remove from oven and unmold immediately onto a rack to cool completely before slicing.
Note: I used a 8" x 4" x 4" pan.