Place matcha in a small bowl and pour in about ¾ cup of warm water. Whisk well and set aside. In another small bowl, mix together dry yeast and sugar. Pour in about ¼ cup of warm water and stir all well. Let it sit for about 10 minutes.
In a medium bowl, combine together flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix the ingredients and pour in the yeast mixture. Mix well again using a spoon or your hand and then add the matcha mixture. Knead until smooth dough. If the mixture is too dry, add some more water. If, however, the mixture is too sticky to be handled with, dust with some flour.
Brush the smooth dough with some oil and cover with a kitchen towel. Let it sit for 30-35 minutes or until the dough has almost doubled in size. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking pan with aluminum foil and set aside.
Place the dough ball on a lightly floured work surface and knead for 10-12 minutes. Cut into 8-10 equal parts and roll into thin strips of dough (like in the picture).
Make pretzels and brush each with the beaten egg. Optionally sprinkle with sea salt or sesame seeds.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the pretzel comes out clean. The surface should be lightly golden. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely before serving.
These interesting matcha green tea pretzels are a delicious option for breakfast, afternoon snack, replacement for your regular bread, or even a wonderful surprise for your loved one.
They are made pretty much as regular pretzels but with a beautiful green addition of my favorite matcha green tea which gives them a nice boost of antioxidants and other nutrients.
Although pretzels might seem quite difficult to prepare, once you’ve made 1-2 pieces it becomes extremely easy. Creating thin dough strips is the most challenging part but the secret lies in kneading the dough for at least 10 minutes and adding enough oil.
I like to knead each ball separately and brush it with some additional oil. This way, the dough becomes elastic and doesn’t break when rolled into thin strips you need for pretzels.
Finally, sprinkle pretzels with some salt and seeds of choice and bake until completely done. You can store them in air-tight containers or Ziploc bags for a couple of days. Have fun!
Nutrition information per serving: Kcal: 262, Protein: 7.6g, Total Carbs: 42.5g, Dietary Fibers: 2.3g, Total Fat: 6.9g