If you are a fan of matcha, then you should know that it pairs amazingly with black sesame! The first time I ever had matcha in a baked good I was blown away by how well the sweet balanced the grassy notes of matcha. Then, I stumbled upon black sesame seed milk and poured it into my homemade matcha. Immediately I was like- OMG this taste is great! If you know me at all, then you know as soon as I find a flavor combination I love I am immediately figuring out how to make it into vegan buns of some sort. This is why I was SO happy when I finally perfected the recipe for these Vegan Matcha Black Sesame Sticky Buns!
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How to Pick the Right Matcha to Bake With:
To say that Matcha is having a moment is an understatement. With any “trendy” ingredient comes different levels of quality and all matcha is NOT created equal. With the highest quality matcha powder, you are going to get the rich green vibrant color you see in these photos. However, once you use lower grade matcha from so-so brands, the color becomes a little more green-brown. So here’s a short & sweet breakdown of the different matcha grades out there as well and the brands of matcha I like best.
#1: The Highest Quality Matcha= Ceremonial Grade
This is the brightest green matcha. It’s made from young tea leaves with the stems and veins removed. This is the type of matcha I recommend for drinking, but it’s a bit pricey and unnecessary to be baking with.
#2: The middle ground= Culinary Grade Matcha
As you may guess by the name culinary, this is the grade of matcha that I bake with! This is honestly still great matcha to drink and is probably what you find in most of the matcha you get while out. It’s still green and smooth, but is a slightly duller green than ceremonial grade. It also pairs better with sweeteners and other flavors. There are actually 5 different grades of culinary matcha, which I won’t dive into here, but premium is the best. For this recipe, I used MyEncha Culinary Grade Matcha which is a premium culinary grade matcha.
#3 Green Tea Powder..which is not Actually Matcha
Matcha is unique to Japan, so green tea powder isn’t the same. Plus, it’s likely missing that bright vibrant green color. I don’t recommend substituting green tea powder in this recipe as the taste will be flat and the color will be off.
I hope this gives you a base level start to baking with matcha. At the end of the day, use whatever matcha brand you trust and love! If you are looking for suggestions MyEncha or Due Ceremony are two of my favorite brands.
How To Make Matcha Black Sesame Sticky Buns:
By this point in my blogging journey, I know I have probably told you all time and time again the steps behind how to make the perfect vegan buns. So, rather than repeat myself, I’m going to share a few tips specific to this recipe. However, if you want some more in-depth tutorials, thoughts, and information you can check out My Instagram saved highlights or my Vegan Cranberry Orange Sticky Buns and Vegan Carrot Cake Sticky Buns!
A Few Tips & Tricks for Matcha Black Sesame Sticky Buns:
- Whisk the warmed almond milk and matcha together BEFORE adding your yeast. You need the warmed liquid to break up the matcha so it doesn’t form clumps.
- When it comes to the filling, definitely use a food processor or good blender to get the right consistency. You want to get it into a super fine black sesame sugar. While some crunch is good, using whole seeds doesn’t taste as good. For this recipe, I bought used Terrasoul Black Sesame Seeds.
- While I made this recipe with matcha glaze, I also tested it with a lemon glaze and it was awesome. A Yuzu glaze might be delicious too. Just a thought- but if you try it let me know!
- Part of the reason I’m obsessed with making vegan buns is that they store SO wonderfully in the freezer. If you make a whole batch of these and can’t eat them all simply store in the freezer up to 4 months. I love using these glass storage containers to store any leftovers. When you’re ready to eat either put them into the oven at 200F to warm for 10-15 minutes (ideal) or heat them in the microwave for 45-60 seconds (not as ideal, but still good).
So there you have it! Another awesome bun recipe that can be made vegan for all to enjoy! I really hope you have fun baking with matcha and love these Vegan Matcha Black Sesame Buns as much as I do. Happy Baking everyone!