Extravagant Checkerboard Bread Rolls

Extravagant Checkerboard Bread Rolls

This is surprisingly easy to make with a bread maker. The contrast between the cocoa and plain dough make for wonderful bread rolls. It makes a great gift.

Ingredients: One 20 x 20cm square pan

Strong bread flour
Cake flour
40 g
30 g
4 g
30 g
Milk and eggs
Dry yeast
A. Black cocoa (soaked in 1 teaspoon water)
B. Custard Cream
to taste
B. Anko paste
to taste
Almond slices and white sesame
as desired


1. Make the dough in the bread maker. After it has finished kneading (about 20 minutes), take the dough out. Divide it into 2 equal portions, and return A and the dough to the bread maker. Knead for about five minutes.
2. Once the cocoa and plain dough are finished, cover with a wet cloth for the first rise (the photo shows them after rising).
3. After rising, divide into 8 equal portions (16), roll them up nicely, and let rest for 15 minutes.
4. If you are adding in the B cream and anko paste, add the custard to the cocoa dough. Add the anko paste to the plain dough.
5. Don't put too much filling in! Wrap each ball up and tightly close the ends.
6. Place both types of dough into a paper lined or greased pan. Let rise for the second time to about 1.5 times the original size.
7. After they have plumped up nicely, coat with milk or egg whites, top with sliced almonds and white sesame if you like, and bake in the oven at 180°C for about 20 minutes.
8. Cover with aluminum foil after about 10 minutes to keep the tops from burning. After baking, drop the whole pan from above to remove the hot air.
9. The contrast is cute.~ These are checkerboard patterned bread rolls.
10. Eat them plain, or enjoy it with your favorite filling.
11. This time I filled them with whipped cream using a cream puff pastry bag.
12. This was the previous top photo. This has a gentle color scheme with the plain cocoa.

Story Behind this Recipe

I wanted to make cute-looking bread using my leftover custard and anko paste.
This is a delicious dough even without the custard or an paste, so eat them by themselves, or add in your favorite filling.
I changed the photo for the black cocoa version. Please choose whichever method you prefer.