I love eating mini versions of food. It kind of cheats your brain into thinking that you can eat more. I made these mini matcha rolls on a stormy Sunday a while ago. Because of course, what do I do when it’s cold and crappy outside? Stay cozy inside, bake and binge watch TV with my hubby. I love dulce de leche and as a kid, I sometimes would spread it over bread as if it was butter. So I decided to fill these mini rolls with it. The result: yummy goodness!
This recipe makes 36 mini rolls. This is a small batch but you can double the recipe.
For the rolls:
1 ¾ cup of all-purpose flour
3,5 grams of dry yeast
¼ cup warm water
¼ cup warm milk
1 tablespoon of matcha
½ teaspoon of salt
2 tablespoons of melted butter
¼ cup of sugar
½ of an egg
For the filling:
400gr of dulce de leche
Place the yeast and the warm water in the bowl of the stand mixer. Let it stand for 5 minutes.
Warm up the milk in the microwave and then add the matcha powder. Mix well.
After the 5 minutes for the yeast and water are done, add matcha milk and the rest of the ingredients for the rolls. Knead on low speed for 5 minutes, using the dough hook attachment. You can also just knead it by hand.
Then remove the dough from the bowl. Clean the bowl and then grease it with a bit of vegetable oil. Form the dough into a ball and place it back into the greased bowl. Cover with plastic film and let it rise for 1 hour in a warm place.
Once the hour has passed, lightly butter the oven dish in which you are going to bake the rolls. Warm up a bit the dulce de leche in the microwave. This will make it easier to spread it over the dough.
Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces and lightly flour your working area. Roll out one piece into a rectangle. I rolled it out as thin as I could. Spread some dulce de leche on top. Then roll the dough tight lengthwise. Cut the uneven edges and set them aside (you can choose to bake them or discard them; I baked them on a separate tray). Now that you have an even rolled dough, cut it into 9 even pieces. Place the pieces on the prepared oven dish. Repeat for the remaining dough.
Once all of the dough has been rolled and filled, cover with plastic film and let it rise for 1 hour.
About 10 or 15 minutes before the timer is up for the second rise, preheat your oven to 180C/350F.
Once the hour is up, remove the plastic wrap from the oven dish and bake for about 15 minutes.
They are best when served right away while they are still warm.