IIP: Can you Matcha my Scones?

Penny at Jeroxie is at it again with a new International Incident Party for the month of August. The theme is SCONES and this event is co-hosted with the August birthday babies: Anh of  A food’s lover journey & Cherrie of Sweet Cherrie Pie.

Some months I require quite a bit of research time before settling on a recipe and other times as soon as I see the theme an idea hits me like a bolt of lightning. The latter was the case with scones. And I have no idea why but I had to make Green Tea Scones using Matcha powder. I have cooked and baked with this powder a few times and I always love the results so why not with scones.

Shamelessly taken from WikiMatcha refers to finely-milled Japanese green tea. The cultural activity called the Japanese tea ceremony centers on the preparation, serving, and drinking of matcha. In modern times, matcha has also come to be used to flavor and dye foods such as mochi and soba noodles, green tea ice cream, and a variety of wagashi (Japanese confectionery). The Occidental hemisphere is quickly adapting recipes to include matcha as well, like in scones.

Wow, the scone were so easy and quick to make. And I love how they just rise straight up and high. This is a nice little treat for breakfast I can see myself preparing in large quantities. I would perhaps add a bit more of sugar next time though. I felt perhaps 2 tbsp would have balanced the recipe just perfectly. I am finding myself sneaking one every time I have a little pang of hunger. Hmmm maybe not a good idea then to make too many lol.

I had a bit of leftover heavy cream in the fridge so I whipped it up with a touch of sugar, matcha powder and 1 drop of green coloring. I have a lovely Japanese tray I painted myself in gold about 15 yeas ago. The setting was perfect: the Japanese tray, my cast iron green tea pot, a traditional green tea cup filled of course, my Matcha scones with a big dollop of Matcha cream. So without further a do I present to you my submission of Matcha Scones from the Culinary room of New York Mutual Trading.

Matcha Scones

  • 9 ounces cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Matcha powder
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 ounces butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 large egg yolk

1. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and Matcha powder.
2. Cut butter into small pieces; process with the flour until becomes grain-size.
3. Combine milk, egg yolk; add to flour mixture; lightly knead.

4. Pat down the dough with your hands to 1 inch thick.

5. Use a 2 inch ring mold; cut into 8 to 10 circles.

6. Bake in 360°F oven 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool a little before serving.


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