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Ube Marble Bread

This Ube Marble Bread yields a deliciously soft and fluffy milk bread, with the addition of ube purple yam in the dough. Play around with the dough to create a beautiful marble or swirl design.
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 55kcal
Author Michelle


  • 1 batch Matcha Shokupan (minus matcha = plain dough)
  • 85 ml whole milk warm
  • 15 g granulated sugar
  • 6 g active dry yeast
  • 250 g all-purpose flour or bread flour
  • 100 g ube purple yam puree
  • 1 tablespoon purple yam or purple sweet potato powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 15 g unsalted butter


  • Make 1 batch of Matcha Shokupan (minus the matcha for the plain dough).

For ube purple yam dough:

  • In a small bowl, combine the warmed milk, sugar and active dry yeast. Give it a stir and set aside to let the yeast become bubbly.
  • In a stand mixer bowl fitted with a dough hook, add in flour, ube purple yam puree, purple yam/ube powder, and egg.
  • Add the yeast mixture into the flour and knead until it comes together.
  • Add in the butter and continue to knead until the dough is smooth and shiny.
  • Transfer to a lightly greased bowl, cover and let it rest in a warm location until doubled in bulk.

Assemble & bake:

  • Once the the dough has risen, deflate it and divide into half.
  • Take the risen plain dough and divide that into half as well.
  • Cut each dough into pieces and roll into balls.
  • Place the dough balls in to a loaf pan randomly, with plain dough alternating with the purple ube yam dough.
  • Repeat with the second half in another loaf pan.
  • Cover with plastic wrap or a damp cloth and let it rise in a warm location.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F/177°C.
  • Bake at 350°F/177°C for 35 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted registers 190F.
  • Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack.
  • Let the bread completely cool before slicing.


Recipe yields 2 loaves.


Calories: 55kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 37IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg