Breads (Sourdough) - Soft Loaves

Marbled Matcha Soft Sourdough Bread

July 16, 2021 | Recipe by Bake with Paws
Marbled Matcha Soft Sourdough Bread

Marbled Matcha Soft Sourdough Bread

I have a packet of Matcha powder for green tea that's somehow taking me forever to finish.  So, I thought it may be a good idea to use some for baking.  

This Marbled Matcha Soft Sourdough bread texture is soft, moist, fluffy and slightly chewy. It stays fresh longer than the non yudane method bread.

An advantage of using the Yudane method is that the bread stays fresh much longer.  Please click "Bread Making Method" to understand more details on Yudane Method.

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Yields: 1 loaf


Yudane Dough:
65g bread flour (I used Japan High Gluten Flour)
65g boiling water

Sweet Stiff Starter (50% Hydration):
56g sourdough starter (100% Hydration), preferably use at its peak 
172g bread flour (I used Japan High Gluten Flour)
72g water
25g sugar (I used organic brown sugar)

Main Dough:
65g bread flour (I used Japan High Gluten Flour)
All stiff starter (above)
All the yudane dough (above)
15g brown sugar (I used organic brown sugar)
1 tsp salt
15g - 25 milk powder (I used 15g)
50g egg, whisked (from 1 medium egg)
10g water (do not need to use unless your dough is dry, I used 5g)
20g butter, room temperature

1 1/4 tsp matcha powder

450g loaf pan (21.3 X 12.2 X 11.5 cm  /  8.4" X 4.8" X 4.5")

  1. Yudane:
    1. Add bread flour in a bowl, pour the boiling water and mix well with spatula or spoon until no dry flour.
    2. Cling film and leave on the counter for at least 4 hours or overnight in the fridge.  I prepared the night before.
    3. Take out from the fridge 30 minutes before using to return to room temperature.
  2. Sweet Stiff Starter 
    1. In a bowl of stand mixer, dilute starter with water, stir in sugar and add in bread flour.  Mix with paddle attachment until well mixed and all come together.   It can be done by hand mixing too.
    2. Cover and let it ferment until tripled. I prepared a night before and leave it in aircond room (approximately 24 - 25C room temperature) overnight until tripled.  It took about 8 - 9 hours depending on your starter.  It should take around 4 - 6 hours to get triple at room temperature at 28C - 30C. The starter should look smooth and round dome.  It shouldn't collapse.
  3. Main Dough:
    1. Put all ingredients (except butter) into a bowl of stand mixer.  I usually slightly torn the stiff starter and yudane dough first.
    2. Slightly combine the mixture by hand with the paddle attachment before turning on the machine so that the flour will not splash out.  Using the paddle attachment, mix for 2 minutes or until all incorporated. This step is critical to prevent  an uneven mixed dough as the stiff starter is rather hard and a dough hook may not be able to mix it well enough.
    3. Change to hook attachment and knead for another 3 minutes or until the dough comes together. Add in butter and continue knead for about 10 minutes - 12 minutes or until the dough become smooth, silky and reach window pane stage.  The whole kneading process, I stopped few times to scrape down the dough from the hook to be sure it is evenly kneaded and also to prevent the motor from overheating.
    4. Divide the dough into 1/3 and 2/3 portions.  My total dough is 616g.  1/3 portion is 205g for matcha dough.  2/3 portion is 410g for plain dough.
    5. Round up the plain dough and place in a bowl with cover.
    6. Add matcha powder to 205g dough and continue kneading for another minute or until the matcha powder  is fully incorporated.
  4. 1st Proofing/Resting:  
    1. Let the both dough rest for 15 - 60 minutes. Keep it covered with clingfilm or use a lid.  This dough I rested for 30 minutes and the dough rise slightly. (I did not find any big differences between 15 minutes to 60 minutes rest.  So, please follow your schedule).
  5. Shaping:
    1. Transfer the plain dough to a clean floured surface, roll out to a 28cm X 18cm (roughly) rectangle.
    2. On a clean floured surface, roll out matcha dough to a 14cm X 18cm (roughly) rectangle.
    3. Place matcha dough over plain dough one half side.  
    4. Fold over the remaining plain dough. 
    5. Roll into a 18cm X 19cm (roughly).  
    6. Cut dough into 2 equal portions lengthwise.
    7. Stack dough on top of each other.
    8. Repeat one more time - Roll again into a 16cm X 20cm (roughly) rectangle.
    9. Repeat one more time - Cut dough into 2 equal portions lengthwise.
    10. Repeat one more time - Stack dough on top of each other.
    11. Repeat one more time - Roll again into a 13cm X 21cm (roughly) rectangle.
    12. Cut into 3 equal strips.
    13. Braid the 3 strips of dough together.  Tuck in both ends.
    14. Place the braided dough into the loaf pan.
  6. Final Proofing:
    1. Let it proof in a warm place until the dough rise until it reaches slightly below the rim of the pan.   This one took approximately nearly 3 hours at room temperature of 28C - 29C.  The duration of proofing depends on your ambient temperature and the starter.
    2. Cover the pan with lid. (I baked after 15 minutes preheating the oven)
  7. Baking:
    1. Preheat oven at 190C - 200C (top & bottom heat) or 170C - 180C (fan-forced) for 10 - 15 minutes.
    2. Bake in a preheated oven for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown.  
    3. Remove bread from oven and pan.   Let them cool on rack.

Yudane Dough

Sweet Stiff Starter

Main Dough & Shaping



A healthy starter is very crucial as advised by Baking with Gina.   It is advisable to feed your starter regularly if you want your bread to rise nicely and to use the starter (levain) at its peak.  A starter that is fed regularly will be more active in general.  If the mother starter is not strong, the bread dough will not rise a lot even though the starter is used at its peak.  


Gluten forms when flour comes in contact with water.  Hydration of the flour causes the sticky and stretchy protein to form, giving structure to the bread.  This makes your bread trap air and rise. 

Gluten in dough can be developed by autolyse, resting, kneading or folding.

The windowpane test is used to determine whether the dough has been sufficiently kneaded.  By gently pulling the dough (or you may pinch off some dough) and trying to stretch it into a thin membrane.  If you are able to stretch the dough paper thin and translucent  without tearing, then the gluten is fully developed.  However, if you can stretch it without tearing but the membrane is not transparent, then the gluten is not yet fully developed.  

However, from my experience not all the recipe can achieve a thin and translucent window pane stage easily.   For example low hydration and low fat dough.  For such recipes, a reasonable window pane is good enough and it can be left to rest. Gluten will continue to develop while resting.  Exercising restraint to not over-knead the dough prevents the gluten from being overworked and broken.   Some of you may have experienced the dough breaking during the second proofing.  It is because the dough is over kneaded. 

The total kneading time for me is usually 15 minutes at low speeds except brioche dough with high fat percentage or dough using liquid fat which usually takes a little longer (maybe 18-20 mins).

From my experience, I found that high hydration dough with high percentage of fat will be easy to stretch and achieve a paper thin windowpane stage.


Why do I use milk powder?  
  1. Milk or milk powder will enhance the flavour of the bread and makes the bread texture softer due to the fat content of the milk. 
  2. Milk powder is shelf stable and you can have it anytime when you want to use.  Unlike liquid milk you need to finish within a certain time before it spoils.

For kneading, please regard the timing provided as an indication only. It is only meant as a guide.  Timing may differ depending on the brand of flour and electric mixer used. The protein content may vary from one brand of flour to another.


The right flour plays a very important role in bread making.   To achieve fluffy, soft and light bread, I used Japan High Gluten Flour in most of my bread baking.  The protein content is around  12 - 13%.


The liquid measurement given is also a guide.  It is advisable to always reserve some liquid and not add it all in one go.  This would give you the opportunity to adjust if necessary. If dough is too dry, add the reserve liquid one tablespoon at a time until the right consistency.  This is because each flour absorbs water and hydrates differently. 


Please note that the proofing timing may also vary depending on your climate, environment, flour and your starter. 

If you are unable to judge by just looking at the dough, you can do the finger poke test:

  1. Lightly press the side of the proved dough with your finger.  If it bounces back immediately without any indentation, it means the dough is under proved and needs more time before baking.
  2. If the indentation stays and it doesn’t bounce back, it means it has been over proved.
  3. If the indentation slowly bounces back and leave a small indentation, it is ready to bake. 
  4. There will be a final burst of rising once the bread is placed to bake in the oven and it is called oven spring. 

If your bread collapses or gets wrinkled on top after removing from oven, it could be because your dough over proved during the second proofing. Please proof until the tip of the dough just reaches the rim of the pan, around 80% - 90% in size.


Do also note that the baking temperature and timing provided are what works for my oven and should also be regarded as a guide only. Every oven behaves a little differently, so please adjust accordingly for your oven.


  1. Hi I made this bread and the texture was soft but the bread taste obviously sour. Are loaf breads made with starter supposed to be sour? If not, how can I reduce the sourness? My stiff starter seems to take quite long (8 hrs) to triple in room temperature 28'C. Is it because its not strong enough? Thanks!

    1. Hi, thanks for trying and your feedback. I think your starter is not very healthy and took longer time to proof. Eventually, it could cause the bread sour. Mine took quite fast to proof and I couldn't taste any sourness to my standard.

      To be honest, most of the sourdough bread normally taste very slight tangy and sometimes can't taste it.

      This recipe is supposed to cut down the sourness, example high percentage of Sweet Stiff Starter and egg used. High percentage of sweet stiff starter used supposed to cut down the proofing time.

      However, your starter plays very important role and cause the end result.

      Cheers :)

    2. Thanks! Any tips to revive the starters health or would it be better to restart new starter?

    3. Most welcome! You can read the sourdough starter maintenance in my blog at this link:

      It is advisable to refresh your starter several days before use it for baking to get the optimum result.

      To be honest with you, most of the sourdough bread will have a touch of sourness. Sometimes is too strong and and sometimes can't really taste it. Normally we will not taste it for high enriched bread like brioche.

      I hope it helps.

      Cheers :)

  2. This is my first try to incorporate sourdough starter with yudane method. The result is phenomenal! It's soft like fluffy. I thought I'm eating cloud. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

    1. Hi, thank you for trying this recipe and your kind feedback. Glad to hear that this recipe works for you too.

      There are a lot more recipes incorporating yudane and sourdough here. Just search under recipe on the top bar.

      Cheers and happy baking :)

    2. Made this a few more times. This is now our home staple. Sometimes I switched the matcha powder to cocoa powder for different looks. Thank you again for this amazing recipe.

    3. Hi, thanks again. Happy to hear that you baked few times and still like it. Good idea to switch to cocoa powder.

      You are most welcome and happy baking :)


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