Making the Perfect Matcha Scones
It's amazing how many times I've failed at making a simple scone, at least one that was edible. In fact, my last batch of matcha scones was an utter disaster that even my dog wouldn't touch it. I kid you not.
So why am I so obsessed with making the perfect scones? Well for one thing, I'm a sore loser when it comes to cooking and I'm persistent in that I'll continue to experiment in the kitchen until I get it right. Second, whenever I'm out in the city, I find myself buying lots of baked goods such as scones and because I only eat the good ones, they don't come cheap.
I decided earlier this year that baking my own scones would be a smart move on my part, and if I could get it to taste just as good as the ones I buy for 300 yen each ( $3 US ), not only would I be saving a lot of money, I would be mastering one recipe that I've avoided due to the fear of never being able to get it right.
And it's true I've failed more than a few times, but as with anything in life, multiple failures ultimately lead to success. Once again, I have created something I'm proud of and they truly are the some of the best scones I've ever eaten in my life! Yes, that's a bold claim to make, but as far as matcha scones are concerned, these are truly and simply awesome.
As these had to be perfect in taste as well as appearance, I've used two types of glaze - a lemon glaze and a matcha glaze - but the base is basically the same. You simply make the icing once but add matcha powder to half of it. The tartly sweet lemon glaze adds a nice contrast to the earthy flavor of the matcha. These scones are perfect for afternoon tea, a light breakfast or a special weekend treat. Not only do they taste great but the antioxidants in the matcha powder gives a nutritional boost to these otherwise decadent and sinful treats. If you absolutely don't care for matcha, you might want to try these dried fruit scones instead.
Other matcha recipes you might be interested in.
This premium Matcha green tea powder is organic and will give you the most bang for your buck. Will give a very good flavor to your dishes. Also perfect for mixing into smoothies. I like to drink it as tea by mixing it with hot water. Adding a little honey will give it just the right amount of sweetness. High antioxidant levels with various health benefits.
- Prep time: 5 min
- Cook time: 20 min
- Ready in: 25 min
- Yields: 8
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup cold butter
- 6 tablespoons milk
- 1 egg beaten
- 3 teaspoons matcha powder unsweetened
- Lemon Glaze:
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 lemon zest finely grated
- Matcha Glaze:
- 1 tablespoon matcha powder
- Preheat oven to 425 F.
- Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, matcha powder and salt in a bowl.
- Cut in butter until it looks like cookie crumbs.
- In a small bowl, combine the milk and 2 tablespoons beaten egg.
- Add the crumb mixture just until moistened.
- Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead gently 8 times.
- Cut the dough in half and pat them into two 6-inch circles.
- Cut each circle into 4 wedges.
- Place the triangles on a cookie sheet sprayed with a little cooking spray.
- Brush the tops with the remaining egg.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly brown and cool slightly before putting on the glaze.
- In a saucepan, melt the butter with the lemon juice.
- Turn off the heat and add the confectioners's sugar to the mixture. Stir until the mixture is smooth and ingredients are incorporated.
- Add lemon zest to the mixture and give it a nice stir-around.
- Drizzle half the mixture onto the scones.
- Add matcha powder to the remaining glaze mixture and stir to combine.
- Drizzle matcha glaze onto the scones.
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