October  6, 2016
2 Ratings
Photo by bella | ful-filled
  • Makes 6 rolls
Author Notes

It all started with a plead by Food52 contributor Sarah Jampel in her article about dutch crunch. She requested for someone to create a chocolate matcha dutch crunch combo and that request got my wheels turning. I pictured a matcha bread with a chocolate dutch crunch topping. In my minds eye, I could envision this combo having an uncanny resemblance to a turtle. I got to developing the recipe and late that night I dreamt of shaping this matcha bread into little turtle rolls with a chocolate dutch crunch topping for their shell. These little rolls turned out to be one of the greatest creations to come out of our kitchen. Cute and tasty, they are sure to put a smile on your face! —bella | ful-filled

What You'll Need
  • 3 tablespoons bread flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 270 grams bread flour
  • 100 grams sugar
  • 12 grams matcha
  • 5 grams instant yeast
  • 4 grams non-fat dry milk powder
  • 70 grams whole milk, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, room temperature & whisked
  • 28 grams unsalted butter, melted & cooled
  • 4 grams fine grain salt
  • 90 grams white chocolate, finely chopped
  • 12 black sesame seeds
  • 1.5 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons neutral oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup white or brown rice flour (not sweet rice flour)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • sugar for sprinkling
  1. FOR THE TANGZHONG: In a small saucepan, whisk together the water, milk & flour - whisk until no lumps remain. Heat this mixture over medium low heat, stirring constantly. The mixture will thicken & streaks from your whisk will appear, this usually takes about 3-5 minutes Remove from the heat & transfer the mixture from the saucepan to a clean bowl - let cool to room temperature
  2. FOR THE DOUGH: Whisk together the flour, sugar, matcha, instant yeast, salt & milk powder in the bowl of your stand mixer. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, vanilla, egg & the cooled tangzhong. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients & with the dough hook, knead blend for a few minutes until just combined (scraggy dough is okay)
  3. Add the melted butter & knead the dough for about 7-10 more minutes - it will feel elastic & slightly sticky. Knead the dough into a ball shape & place into a greased bowl. Cover & place in a warm place to rise for 1 1/2 hours
  4. MAKING THE TURTLES: After dough is done rising, weigh your dough & divide it into 8 equally sized pieces (mine weighed about 72g each) Reserve 2 of the pieces for the heads & feet of the turtles Flatten each piece of dough into about a 4-5" circle & add 15g of chopped white chocolate to the flattened dough, pressing the chocolate into the dough. Fold the dough up & around the white chocolate, pressing the dough together to ensure it is well sealed. Flip over the dough so the sealed side is facing down - repeat with the other 5 pieces of dough & the turtle bodies are done
  5. Place the turtle bodies on a parchment lined baking sheet, leaving 2" in between each turtle. Take 1 of the reserved balls of dough & divide it into 6 equally sized pieces (mine weighed about 12g each) - Roll each piece into a sphere & gently pinch one end of the sphere, slip the pinched end under the turtle body & press the body down at their meeting point, repeat until all of the bodies have heads. Take the other reserved ball of dough & divide it into 6 equally sized pieces (mine weighed about 12g each) & then divide each of these pieces into 4 small pieces (my small pieces weighed about 3g each) leaving you with 4 small balls of dough per turtle for the feet (24 total small pieces) Shape each of the 4 small balls of dough into an oval, pinching one end of each oval. Slip the pinched ends under the turtle body placing them where the turtle's feet need to be. Once all turtles have heads & feet, make the eyes by taking 2 black sesame seeds & place them onto each head, gently pressing them into the dough with a toothpick. Cover the completed turtle rolls with plastic wrap & put in a warm place to rise for about 30 minutes
  6. While the turtles are rising make the dutch crunch. In a small bowl whisk together the dutch crunch ingredients until smooth. Cover with plastic & leave to rise while the turtles are rising When turtles are done rising, pre-heat oven to 350F - Stir the dutch crunch topping until smooth & then coat the top of each turtle body with the dutch crunch topping, spreading it evenly with a spoon until all of the topping is used up. Sprinkle the dutch crunch coating with sugar & then bake the rolls for 20 minutes
  7. Remove from oven & place turtles on a rack to cool for about 10-15 minutes. Enjoy turtles while still warm from the oven - this is when they are at their best - otherwise, store in an airtight container & re-heat in the microwave for about 20 seconds

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12 Reviews

James August 26, 2017
You forgot to put salt in the dough ingredients. The bread turned out very bland.
bella |. August 26, 2017
Hi James! You are right! I missed the salt measurement in the dough ingredients! The recipe is correct on my blog...I fixed it here! Sorry about that :(
Catherine I. December 28, 2016
Mine was thinner than I expected, too, even after I added some extra flour. I brushed it on with a pastry brush--it was definitely not thick enough to spoon--and I had to put on really thin layers to keep it from running onto the head and legs. I did not use it all up. As a result, I didn't get the nice fault lines that are in the photo here. Bella, I'd love some further advice on this.

They were super-cute, though--with red ribbon tied around their necks for Christmas.
bella |. December 28, 2016
Hi Catherine! Those ribbons sound sof cute! Let me ask, what type of rice flour did you use?
Catherine I. December 29, 2016
Actually, I used a combination of white and brown rice flour. The leftover batter has been sitting in my refrigerator, and it's gotten a lot thicker. Maybe the trick is to mix it up further in advance.
Xiu F. December 28, 2016
How's the consistency of dutch crust suppose to be like? after rising and then stirred, mine seems too runny eventhough I followed the exact recipe.thx
bella |. December 28, 2016
What type of rice flour did you use?
whym September 23, 2020
Hi! this recipe looks amazing, I plan on making it soon! I'm curious-- what kind of rice flour do you recommend? Is there a certain brand that works well?
Food December 26, 2016
I think I need a video for this. I'm going to have to look up what the difference between instant yeast and active dry yeast is.
bella |. December 28, 2016
I have a video on my blog of how I made these!
bella |. December 13, 2016
I'very never tried Catherine...I would imagine so!
Catherine I. December 13, 2016
These are adorable. Would they freeze successfully?