Milk bread is great since the dough is super easy to work with. Since I'm a n00b, this recipe was put together with references! The real bakers that gave me the tools and inspiration to put together their recipes to make this Matcha Milk Bread are included in the description (and their YouTube videos are linked here). Makes six large baos about 100g each (but I'd actually do 8 smaller ones next time).
Then, similar to what Weissman does, add the butter after it comes together (his is softened, I just full on melt mine since that's easier when kneading it by hand) and continue to mix, and then knead on floured surface for 10 minutes (ok to add more flour as you go if it's too sticky, but don't do it too much since you don't want the dough dried out). It will transform from pretty darn sticky to just a bit tacky like playdough from the yellow plastic can. I set a timer and legit space out. Alternatively, if you have a mixer, follow how Weissman does it in the video, you lucky person, you.
Place into lightly oiled bowl and cover airtight or with a damp towel - rise until about doubled about 1-2 hours, here in SF, 1 hour and 20 minutes has been a sweet spot (of patience, convenience, and size of dough).
Preheat to 392f (that's 200c from another recipe that I used and then continued to use this temp because it worked).
PHASE 2: matcha butter
While you're waiting for the rise, make the matcha butter. It's super easy. You can either have the butter softened and just mix everything but the brown sugar together by hand, or throw it in the food processor like I do. Matcha doesn't need to be sifted, yay. Reserve brown sugar for sprinkling (see photo).
Bake for about 18-20 minutes in the already preheated oven.
Let them cool a bit, but they're legit best warm & fresh. If saving them for another day, refresh with a microwave steam: cover bao with damp towel and microwave 15-25 seconds or so on high.
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