Tea-Ginger Bread
June 18th, 2009 by Alice

  • 1 Cup water (as hot as you can get from the tap)
  • 1 Tbsp regular yeast (or 1 package) Make sure your yeast is “fresh” – don’t try this with a packet that’s been in the back of your cupboard for years.
  • 2-3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Oil
  • 1/4 Cup almost-powdered green tea (a nice grade of Sencha works well) do not use Matcha.
  • 1 Tbsp ground ginger
  • 3-5 Cups Flour
  • 1/4 Cup finely diced candied ginger


I use All-Purpose white flour – if you love whole wheat I’d do several experiments instead of using this recipe as is.
Heat a bowl. I do this by running the backside of the bowl under hot water until it doesn’t feel cool anymore.
Put your hot water in the heated bowl. Add sugar and oil in with the hot water (the goal is to have warm, happy, well-fed yeast).

Add yeast to your hot water mix. Stir once. Wait until the yeast starts to digest the sugars (you’ll see it “bloom” or get foamy). This is the best part! This should take 2-5 minutes.

In a separate bowl mix two cups of flour, the ground Sencha, and the ground ginger.
Add one cup of the flour mixture. Stir.
Add another cup of the flour mixture. Stir.
Add a third cup of flour, knead in.

If you need more flour, keep adding and kneading – you want to have dough that forms a ball and stays that shape. Don’t worry about overkneading, but also don’t add more flour than you need just because the recipe calls for 3-5 cups. If it’s stiff enough after just 2.5 cups, let it be – you’re done.

Oil a second bowl. Use the same oil you used in the bread.

Place the dough in the bowl, turn once to get it coated in oil

Let rise until it’s doubled in size, covered and warm (About 45 minutes). I preheat my oven to about ~100F (I know, you can’t do that, I just turn it on for 10 minutes and then turn it off and keep it closed, and rise the bread in there).

Punch down, add candied ginger, knead once or twice, and place in a loaf pan.

Let rise again for at least 15 more minutes, but up to 45.

Bake at 350° F for 45 minutes.

Let cool. Slice. Eat. I think it would taste good with honey.

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