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
FOR THE ROLLS
non-fat dry milk powder
whole milk, room temperature
egg, room temperature & whisked
unsalted butter, melted & cooled
fine grain salt
FOR THE FILLING, EYES & DUTCH CRUNCH
white chocolate, finely chopped
black sesame seeds
active dry yeast
white or brown rice flour (not sweet rice flour)
sugar for sprinkling
In This Recipe
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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