Monday, 30 January 2012

Green Tea Scones



As mentioned in this month’s Daring Baker’s post, I made Green Tea scones. 

Green tea scones?! Whaatt ?

Anyway this was the perfect excuse to finally get on with it as this recipe has been on my mind for months. My sheer laziness is the reason why I never got around to actually baking it!
I also have to be honest, as the end product initially got some strange reactions with someone even proclaiming that it looked mouldy. You may ask, why wreak a perfectly delicious scone. My answer would be because I have an insatiable addiction to green tea. Also in my defense, green tea seems to be everywhere these days, in cakes, mousses, ice-creams; so why not incorporate it into a traditionally British scone and see what happens.

Once again, my green tea addiction has been justified. These scone came out perfectly delicious, soft and light. The crumb texture was pretty much spot on and the earthy flavor of green tea powder was subtle but definitely distinctive. It’s not a sweet scone but pairs well with citrus jams or curds as well as sinful yet luscious clotted cream.
So go on, give this fusion scone a try today and be blown away.


Green Tea Scones


Adapted from BBC Good Food

Makes 7 scones

Ingredients

220g self raising flour
2 tsp green tea powder (matcha powder)
¼ tsp salt
50g salted butter, chopped into small pieces and chilled
50g caster sugar
125ml buttermilk
Jams/curd/clotted cream to serve

NB: To make buttermilk, add 1 tbsp of lemon juice to 1 cup of milk and set aside for 10 minutes.

Method 
  1. Pre-heat oven to 200C and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Measure flour, green tea powder and salt. Sieve 3 times into a large bowl.
  2. Add the chopped butter and rub it into the flour using your fingers to create a medium sized crumb texture. When rubbing the butter into flour, lift it to aerate the mixture. Do not over-mix.
  3. Stir in the sugar.
  4. Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture with a butter knife and pour in ¾ of the buttermilk. Using the knife, mix the flour with the buttermilk until it starts to form a soft, slightly sticky dough. Add more buttermilk if necessary.
  5. Turn the dough out on to a lightly floured surface and knead the mixture 3-4 times until the cracks have disappeared.
  6. Pat the dough gently to a thickness of 2-2.5cm. Dip the cutter into a bowl of flour, to prevent sticking. To cut the scones, press the cutter down firmly and quickly into dough. Don’t twist the cutter. As you press the cutter down, you will hear the dough giving a big sigh.
  7. Gather trimmings and repeat step no.6.
  8. Brush tops of scones with milk/remaining buttermilk.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes until risen and golden.
  10. Serve immediately with jam, curd or clotted cream. Or all together! 

29 comments:

  1. Innovative recipe,looks so delicious n well presented.

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  2. Those green tea scones are gorgeous! Great job!

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  3. I love the green colour and adding green tea powder sound so perfect. :)

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    1. Thanks :) I'm on a bit of a green tea binge at the moment!

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  4. This is something unique but I love it.

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    1. Definitely something you don't see everyday :)

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  5. They look so gorgeous the colour is outstanding and so glad to hear that you enjoyed making scones so much. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

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    1. Thanks Audax! Can't wait for the next challenge!

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  6. I love Japanese Green Tea Ice-cream , and I'm sure I will love these green tea scones!They look beautiful! Can't wait to try this out! Thanks
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    1. Thanks hunny :) And thanks for the award again - was so nice of you xx

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  7. I have been looking up Green Tea recipes this week and have come across quite a few such as ice cream and cookies. Yours is the first one that I have come across that is the most traditional tea 'snack'. The colour is a bit off putting, but I'm sure the health benefits and the taste will see me through!

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    1. Don't let the colour put you off :) My bf thought it looked mouldy but changed his mind once he tasted it and even said that it tasted better than the buttermilk scones!

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  8. Wow! Those look so yummy. Perfect for a "Green Eggs and Ham" themed brunch. And I bet they'd be killer with some kind of white chocolatey spread on them...I just made some green tea white chocolate truffles, so we're on the same wavelength!

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    1. Wow we are definitely on the same wave length because I have been thinking of making green tea white chocolate truffles for some time! Are you going to be writing a post on it? :)

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  9. Such a gorgeous green colour :) I am a sucker for green tea so I'd very much enjoy these!

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    1. I'm glad you think the green is gorgeous too :)

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  10. I made these yesterday and they are fabulous! Thank you :)

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    1. That's brilliant Alison! Glad you like them! x

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  11. I too am addicted to green tea! These are gorgeous...will have to try them!

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  12. where do you get green tea powder from?

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    1. Hi there,

      I usually get it from the baking supplies shop :) It's also known as 'Matcha powder'. Perhaps you can try looking for it in Japanese/Korean food stores or online? http://www.amazon.com/Matcha-Green-Tea-Powder-10/dp/B001F10XUU

      Hope this helps :)

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  13. Green Tea Scones is very attractive and looking very nice. Really i like using Green Tea recipe and very healthy. Kids like this recipe and delicious.

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  14. Thanks for giving Green Tea Scones recipe and taste is good. Everyone like this recipe and healthy also. New recipe that is Rose Green Tea recipe is very delicious.

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