Place the ingredients marked ◎ into a heatproof dish and whisk them together. Add in the ingredients marked △, and mix well.
Cover the container with plastic wrap and microwave at 500w for 2.5 minutes. Remove the dish and stir the mixture to distribute the heat, cover and microwave for an additional 2.5 minutes. Remove and mix thoroughly.
Add in the ingredients marked □ and stir with a rubber spatula until the custard is smooth and glossy. To remove the excess heat, you can now chill this in the refrigerator.
Put the ingredients marked ○ into the pan of your baking machine, and add the yeast as you normally would for bread dough. Let the dough cycle run through until the first rising has completed. Add the butter to the mixing dough at the 7 minute mark.
Remove the dough from the bread machine, and use a bench scraper to divide it into 6 equal pieces. Shape these into rounds, and cover with a damp tea towel. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
Use your bench scraper to divide each ball into 3 parts. I part to form the fingers, and 2 parts of equal size to form the palm.
Further divide the dough for the fingers into four pieces and roll into balls. Sandwich the matcha custard cream between the two palm pieces and form them into a rounded triangle shape, as though you were making a rice ball.
Firmly stick the fingers onto the palm. Cover the shaped paws with a damp tea towel and let the dough rise for a second time.
Brush the paws with an eggwash, and bake in an oven that has been preheated to 180℃ for about 20 minutes. The paws are done.
Here I branded the paw with a paw-shaped stamping iron. It's available in online stores (particularly in Japan).
The cross section will look like this.
Story Behind this Recipe
I like paws. I even bought a paw shaped branding iron! I thought I would try using it on some paw shaped bread.
・Please adjust the baking time and temperature to suit your home kitchen as results may vary. ・I used the same dough as in the [Rirakuma Bread] Recipe ID: 493089 ・The bitterness of green tea cancels out the egglike smell of the custard.