Elle’s food blog and recipes: honey scones with a green tea glaze

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  • The flavor is mild because green tea is a mild tea in general. Next time, I think I’ll let it steep longer, then put the tea in the fridge to cool.

  • I made these honey scones with a green tea glaze for a friend’s birthday. The green tea flavor is very mild, but you can get just a hint of it at the end.

I made these for a friend’s birthday; she was okay with anything, as long as it had some sugar in it. Personally, I do not enjoy making scones but this recipe was surprisingly easy and I would probably make it again.

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
½ tsp sea salt (kosher salt will work too)
2 cup buttermilk
4 tbsp butter, unsalted and cold
3 tbsp honey
2 – 3 tbsp green tea (any tea flavor can be substituted)

In a measuring cup, measure out the buttermilk and whisk in the honey. Set aside
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Using a grater, grate the butter atop the flour mixture and transfer to the freezer to chill for 5 minutes. Remove from the freezer and toss the butter with the flour until it’s evenly coated. Press the butter into the flour using your fingers.
Create a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the buttermilk mixture. Mix until it comes together. Dump out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until it comes together and is smooth looking. Press into a circle that’s about 1 inch thick. Cut in the middle and then across, creating 4 large scones. Then cut those 4 in half, leaving you with 8 scones. Transfer them to a prepared sheet pan (a cookie sheet with a piece of parchment on it). Transfer to the freezer to chill out for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Brush scones with buttermilk and transfer to the oven to bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown. Allow to cool fully before adding the glaze.
For the glaze, in a measuring cup pour 1⁄3 cup of hot water and add the teabag. Steep per tea instructions. Remove the teabag and discard.
Whisk together the powdered sugar and 2 tbsp of the green tea. Whisk until smooth, thick and barely pourable. Play with it until you get the desired consistency.
Pour the glaze over the scones and serve

I accidentally switched up the freeze times when making this recipe, and it actually worked better. The colder your dough is, the easier it is to cut.