These Matcha scones are easy to make and perfect for a quick breakfast or snack. These scones are light and fluffy, and the matcha flavor is subtle but delicious.
So, move over pumpkin spice, it's time to get ready for matcha season.
Why You Will Love These Matcha Green Tea Scones
Looking for a new and exciting way to enjoy homemade scones? Then you have to try making these matcha scones!
Matcha is a type of green tea that is known for its beautiful, vibrant green color, and slightly earthy flavor notes. Green tea added to these scones give them a delightful, unique flavor.
Matcha Green Tea Scones Ingredients
The ingredients for making matcha green tea scones are simple and easy to find, with the results being delicious, subtly sweet scones that pair perfectly with a cup of tea.
Whether you're an experienced baker or just starting out, this recipe is a snap.
- All purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Matcha Green Tea powder
- Heavy Cream
- Macadamia nuts, chopped (optional)
Full ingredient amounts and preparation instructions are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
How To Make Matcha Scones
Preheat your oven to 350 F. Matcha powder burns easily, and if you bake at higher temps you will have brown scones. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside until ready to use.
Put your butter in the freezer for about an hour before making the scones, as grating the butter is easier when frozen.
Why grate the butter? It is so much easier to mix the butter into the flour when it's already in small grated bits.
The tenderness and flakiness of a scone is dependent on the flour and butter being distributed finely. Grating the butter lets you do that.
Grate The Cold or Frozen Butter
- Measure the recipe dry ingredients into a bowl and blend them with a wire whisk. Add the grated butter and toss to blend.
- The dry ingredients will look like a fine meal powder. Add the chopped macadamia nuts and toss them to mix.
Add The Egg and Heavy Cream
- Make a well in the center of the bowl of butter and flour mixture. In a small bowl, whisk the egg and cream together to lightly blend.
- Pour the cream and egg mixture into the well in the center of the flour and butter mixture.
Form A Dough Ball
- Using a spatula, quickly blend the cream mixture into the flour and butter mixture. Scrape the bowl sides to ensure all flour is incorporated.
- Use the spatula to pull the dough into a shaggy clump or ball. Tip out onto a lightly floured counter. With floured hands, shape into a disc.
- Cut the disc into eight wedges. Lay on your parchment lined baking sheet 1" apart. Bake at 350 F for 15 minutes. The edges will be just barely golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.
Tips for Success
- Freeze the butter and grate it. Your scones will turn out like a pastry chef made them!
- Watch the baking time carefully, as powdered match tea burns or over browns easily. You can add a sheet of aluminum foil on top halfway through the cook time to help prevent over browning.
Substitutions and Variations
If you're feeling bold, why not experiment with different flavors and pair your scones with some savory items like ham, cheese, or salmon?
With so many possibilities, there's sure to be a perfect combination for everyone.
Elevate your afternoon tea or brunch with Matcha Green Tea Scones, a culinary masterpiece that harmonizes the earthy notes of matcha with the comforting richness of scones.
Serve these warm, fragrant delights with a dollop of clotted cream or a drizzle of honey for a touch of indulgence and a symphony of flavors.
For a lighter option, try pairing your matcha scones with some fresh fruit like our Tropical Fruit Salad.
If you're looking for something a little more decadent, try serving them with Nutella or your Blackberry Preserves.
- Store leftover scones in a airtight container at room temperature. They will be fresh for about 3 days.
- You can also place in an air tight freezer container and freeze for up to 3 months.
- Add in some chocolate chips look and taste stupendous with matcha green tea scones!
- Dried cranberries give these green scones a festive Grinch Holiday's look!
- Add chopped green pistachios and stirr into the flour before mixing the dough up.
You will need cookie sheets and cooling racks when making this green tea scone recipe.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The egg helps bind the ingredients together and increases the richness and flavor. Since powdered matcha tea is so absorbent, the eggs helps keep these scones from being dry and crumbly.
Green Matcha tea powder browns and burns rapidly, much like ground ginger does. Keep the temperature hot and reduce bake time by a few minutes. You can cover cookies or scones with a piece of parchment paper toward the end of the baking time to help reduce browning also.
Ceremonial Grade Matcha is more vibrant and has a deeper shade of green as its made of the youngest tea leaves that have higher concentrations of chlorophyll. Culinary Grade Matcha has a more subdued shade of green that is still beautiful in color as its made of older tea leaves that have had more exposure to sunlight.
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Green Tea Matcha Scones
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ¼ cup Matcha green tea powder Ceremonial is a brighter green than culinary
- Dash of salt
- ¼ cup butter frozen and grated
- 3 tablespoon sugar
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup macadamia nuts chopped
- Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a rimmed cookie or baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside for later.
- Measure the flour, baking powder, Matcha tea powder, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk to blend the dry ingredients to thoroughly mixed.2 cups all purpose flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, ¼ cup Matcha green tea powder, Dash of salt, 3 tablespoon sugar
- Add the grated butter to the dry ingredients. Toss lightly with a fork to coat all the butter. Add grated butter and toss with the fork to distribute the butter though the flour. Add the chopped macadamia nuts and toss lightly again. Make a well in the center of the bowl contents.¼ cup butter, ½ cup macadamia nuts
- In a small bowl, whisk the egg and heavy cream together. Pour into the well of the flour mixture. Mix quickly and lightly with a spatula, scraping the sides to mix all the flour in. The dough should come together as a rough dough ball, kind of shaggy.1 cup heavy cream, 1 large egg
- Turn the shaggy ball of dough onto a lightly floured board or counter top. Flour your hands and lightly pull the dough together into a disc that's about 8" in diameter and 1" thick.
- Place the scone dough disc on the parchment paper lined cookie sheet or baking pan. Cut into 8 wedge pieces and spread out with 1" space apart.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and wait 5 minutes until transferring to a wire cooling rack. Serve with hot tea or coffee.
- Bake at lower temperatures when using matcha tea powder, as it burns easily or bakes up with brown baked goods.
- Freeze or chill the butter before grating it. Grated frozen butter makes the best scones, bisquits, and pie crust, as it allows the flour and butter make smaller pockets of melting fat when baking. This give a flakier baked good.