Green Tea and Red Rice Swirl Bread

Green Tea Red Rice Bread Sliced

Green tea and red rice add more than color and an East Asian twist to this soft bread loaf. Lightly enriched with sugar, butter, and an egg yolk, the subtle tastes of both ingredients pull through along with their many nutritional benefits.

The health benefits of green tea are well-documented, but red rice may be a bit unusual depending on your location. It is mainly used as a natural coloring agent in Chinese cuisine and as a dietary supplement known to control cholesterol. I consider this bread a tasty way to recover from sugar and chocolate eating sprees.

I meant to join Boaz’s Bread Baking Day for colorful breads but it got buried under a ton of unfinished posts. All three of them. I’m blaming all that sugar I’ve been having lately.

recipe adapted from Youko Yamane (in Japanese)
Yeastspotting at Wild Yeast Blog

Green Tea and Red Rice Swirl Bread

makes one 8 1/2 by 4 1/2-inch loaf

Green Tea Red Rice Bread Dough

Dough Formula:

Ingredients                  Volume          Ounces          Grams
all-purpose or bread flour    2 1/3 cups         10.6          300
instant yeast                 1 1/2 tsp            .2            5
granulated sugar                  2 tbsp + 1 tsp  1.1           30
kosher salt                       1 tsp            .1            4
egg yolk                          1                .7           20
water, lukewarm                 2/3 cup           5.6          160
unsalted butter, melted           2 tbsp           .8           24

For the Green Tea and Red Rice Pastes:

1 tablespoon powdered or finely ground green tea leaves + 2 teaspoons hot water
1 tablespoon ground red rice + 2 teaspoons hot water

Instructions:

Mix             Mix all of the ingredients except the green tea and
                red rice pastes until a shaggy ball of dough is formed.

Knead           5 to 6 minutes

Divide          2 pieces

Knead           Smear the green tea and red rice paste to each of the
                two pieces of dough. Continue kneading each piece of
                dough separately until a smooth and pliable ball of
                dough is formed and the pastes are thoroughly
                incorporated, about 5 to 6 minutes.

Bulk Ferment    1 hour at room temperature

Shape           Stretch each piece of dough into a rectangular shape
                and place one on top of the other. Roll tightly
                beginning from the short edge of the rectangle, as
                illustrated in this recipe for Frisian sugar bread.

Green Tea Red Rice Bread Shaping

Preheat Oven    350ºF/175ºC

Final Proof     60 to 90 minutes at room temperature, or until
                almost doubled in size

Bake            Bake for 40 to 50 minutes at 350ºF/175ºC, rotating the
                loaf halfway through baking if necessary.

Cool            At least 30 minutes

Green Tea Red Rice Bread Crust
Green tea and red rice swirl bread crust.

Green Tea Red Rice Bread Crumb
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73 Responses to “Green Tea and Red Rice Swirl Bread”

  1. Y says:

    hehehe.. what a relaxing looking bread ;P Timely post, as I bought some red rice recently and haven’t decided what to do with it yet. Have you got any other red rice related recipes?

  2. snookydoodle says:

    wow you always amaze me by your bread making talent. I ve never heard of red rice either. I always learn new things from your blog :)

  3. Jacque says:

    Wow, that is very cool! Coolest bread I’ve seen, as a matter of fact.

    Nice work!

  4. Rosa says:

    Very pretty! I love the flavorings! Thanks for the tip…

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  5. [eatingclub] vancouver || js says:

    That is so coooool!

  6. Lien says:

    Beautiful bread. Amazing how just a TBsp of ground red rice can give such a deep color! Love it.

  7. Manggy says:

    I think I’ve seen red rice here before, but I didn’t know it could color dough so deeply! Nice work!

  8. Caroline says:

    The first thing I thought of when I saw your bread: ZEN.
    That is awesome, Jude!

  9. Lynne says:

    A lovely swirled bread! I’ve never heard of red rice before, but now know what it looks like. I get bogged now with posts that I want to enter in different events,too, but miss the deadline for one reason or another.

  10. Dana McCauley says:

    Exotic!

  11. Joelen says:

    I need to really get over my yeast issues and give bread making another try. This loaf looks so beautiful and festive too!

  12. Mandy says:

    I am led to your blog via foodgawker. Your bread looks so beautiful. What an unusual use of red rice!

  13. Fearless Kitchen says:

    This looks like such a fun bread!

  14. MyKitchenInHalfCups says:

    Ah . . . totally brilliant! Really beautiful!

  15. Squawkfox says:

    Ohh that’s how swirls are created. Beautiful bread Jude!

  16. Christina says:

    That’s incredible! It’s now the top swirled loaf I have ever seen. I eat red rice all the time, so it’ll be cool to use it this way.

  17. grainpower says:

    Wow, this is a gorgeous bread. I love the color that the red rice imparts to the dough.
    Sorry you couldn’t make it on time, but this looks absolutely fantastic.

  18. Caitlin says:

    I’m so jealous that you got such a pretty swirl out of that. Whenever I try to make a swirled bread, things squash or the two parts don’t rise the same – havoc in the kitchen! It’s very beautiful though, and almost makes me want to shell out for matcha and red rice. Unfortunately, neither are really available in good ol’ Wisconsin. Plenty of cheese and beer though.

  19. Soma says:

    Red rice? never heard of that. That imparted such a lovely color. Beautiful!

  20. Ben says:

    You my friend are the bread king. Another amazing creation :)

  21. Katie says:

    The step-by-step is very helpful…I always wondered how swirl bread was made! This sounds like a great combination of color and flavor.

  22. Oggi says:

    You make the most beautiful breads. I’m inspired.:)

  23. Joanna says:

    Woah! That bread look beautiful. I wish I could have a slice right now! I’ll have to try this recipe sometime soon… and the colors are perfect for the Christmas season!

  24. javapot says:

    Now I need to find red rice. Never come across before. Any suggestions where to get some???
    Love the colour of your bread pix!

  25. Mary says:

    Wow–so pretty and I love that you can use finely ground green tea. I’ve been on an unsuccessful search for matcha for months. Looks so fabulous!

  26. Lori Lynn says:

    Oh that is so interesting, I would never have thought that is the way to make a swirl. Such a beautiful bread!

  27. Geri says:

    Wow! Love the bread, and you’re so right green tea is super healthy for you.

  28. Marc @ NoRecipes says:

    How neat! Now you have me thinking about all the other things I can use to color/flavor bread with:-)

  29. natalia says:

    How beautiful this bread looks !!

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  31. Natashya says:

    How perfect! Your bread is so unbelievable… and relaxing…

  32. Nicisme says:

    That is the best bread I have seen in ages!

  33. Susan/Wild Yeast says:

    I am so intrigued by this, both the color and the flavors. Matcha I have, but I’ve never heard of red rice, although I’m sure I can find it around here. Another beauty from you!

  34. rainbowbrown says:

    Dude. That loaf of bread is so rad.

  35. Arundathi says:

    absolutely beautiful, jude. i can only imagine the flavor! how was it?

  36. Andrea says:

    That is the coolest swirl I have ever seen. Ever.

  37. PG says:

    Beautiful! And very relaxing they look indeed! :D wonderful, like always!

  38. kat says:

    Perfect for Christmas with that color

  39. noble pig says:

    Absolutely stunning, wow. It’s like a work of art.

  40. giz says:

    What an incredible bread for wow factor.

  41. janelle says:

    WOW. That is about the coolest bread I have ever seen.

  42. Miri says:

    What a beautiful and interesting bread – never thought of rice going into a bread!

  43. Aparna says:

    The swirl looks beautiful, Jude. Never would have thought of red rice for colouring bread, but it makes sense.
    I had made a swirl bread for BBD too.:)

  44. Judy (Judy's Gross Eats) says:

    That’s a terrific-looking loaf of bread — almost too pretty to eat! It’s inspirational.

  45. Vera says:

    What a gorgeous loaf! Very creative!

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  47. Hannah says:

    What incredible colors! This loaf is positively stunning to look at, and I’m sure it’s delicious as well.

  48. Y – Mostly savory stuff — anywhere food coloring is needed I use it as a replacement. Red rice is neutral tasting enough, I think.

    javapot – I’m sure there are sources online. Sometimes it’s called “red yeast rice” because it’s fermented.

    Arundathi – It tasted mostly of green tea. The rice taste was a lot less obvious since it doesn’t really taste much of anything on its own.

  49. dessert girl says:

    I think this is the first time that I’ve seen bread that can actually be called pretty! :-) Nice job!

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  52. Lisa Orgler says:

    Hi!

    I’d love to draw your green tea and red rice bread and include it on my blog this month. Please let me know if that would be okay. Here is my blog:

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    Here are my submission guidelines:

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    You can contact me directly here: lisaorgler@huxcomm.net

    Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you!

    Lisa

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  55. Pam D says:

    Hi -
    Just to let you know that I baked a whole wheat version of your Green Tea and Red Rice Swirl Bread this week and posted the results on my blog at http://pamsbread.com.

    Thank you so much for introducing me to this fun, tasty bread!

  56. joey says:

    can i request something? do you have any bread recipe the incorporate flowers?

    i reacently went to bohol with my family and checked in at bohol bee farm. they serve a flowery salad with edible flowers and it is so yummy! so i wondered if its possible to add whole flowers to a bread? im thinking of rose petals or maybe orange blossoms!

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