|8 Slices||55 Minutes||Intermediate|
Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit (175 Degrees Celsius). In a small bowl, mix honey with warm water and then sprinkle dry yeast and give it a mix. Leave for the yeast to activate for 5 minutes.
In a large bowl, add flour, salt, milk powder, and melted butter together with yeast mixture. Mix to incorporate and then knead for 10 minutes. Form the dough into a ball and then divide it into 2 equal pieces.
Place 1 half of the dough into a big well-oiled bowl and coat the dough with some oil. Then cover the bowl tightly with cling film and leave for the dough to rise until it doubles in size, in a warm and draft-free place. Place the other half of the dough back into the mixer bowl. Sift matcha powder inside the bowl and then mix slowly to incorporate. Knead until the matcha is fully incorporated within the dough, around 5 minutes. Repeat the process stated above, by placing the dough into a well-oiled bowl and coat it well with some oil, covering the bowl tightly with cling film and leave for the dough to rise until double its size in a warm and draft-free place.
Place the risen matcha dough on a floured working surface. Using your fingers, press it into a rectangle shape. Then using a pin roll or a glass, roll it out to a 1/5 inch (0.5 cm) thickness. Set aside. Repeat the same process with the plain dough.
Place the rolled matcha dough on top of the plain dough. Adjust both doughs so that they are the same size. Then cut into 2 equal pieces. Place 1 piece on top of the other, making sure the layers are alternating. Again, adjust them so that they are the same size.
Roll the layered doughs into a rectangle with the width the same as the loaf pan (We used a 5x9 inch (13x23 cm) loaf pan). Grease the pan, and roll the doughs tightly into a log and place it in the loaf pan . Cover the pan with a greased cling film and leave for it to puff up a bit, around 30 minutes. Brush the surface with warm honey and then sprinkle it sesame seeds. Bake in a preheated oven at 350ºF (175ºC) for about 35 minutes or until fully cooked. Cool completely on a rack before slicing. Enjoy!