Vanilla-Glazed Matcha Scones
Until recently, there was another Matcha Scone recipe on this site. It was from my gluten-free days that had mixed results when people made it. To be honest, I never really got the hang of baking with gluten-free flours, and it seemed like everyone that made the recipe got a different result. So, a few years later, I've decided to revisit the recipe and figure out what was going on. Except this time, I've ditched the GF free flours in favor of a more predictable wheat-based flour - I don't have any kind of wheat allergy - and had fantastic results!
I scrapped the old recipe entirely and started working from the proportions for a scone recipe from my Homestyle Vegan Cookbook and guys- they came out SO WELL! These scones are 1000x better than the first one were. They're sweet, fluffy, and moist inside - the PERFECT scone, especially if you like matcha! It's important to use a high-quality matcha powder to get a vibrant green color in your scones, too. The light drizzle of vanilla glaze sweetens them up just enough - they're perfect for breakfast AND dessert! Plus, we're only 2 months from St. Patrick's Day and they'd be PERFECT leprechaun-inspired fare for themed parties or as something to help soak up all the Guinness. 😝 Either way, LET'S EAT! Scroll down for the recipe, friends.
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 tablespoons matcha powder
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold vegan butter
3/4 cup mashed banana
1/4 cup almond milk
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon non-dairy milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
To make the scones, in a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, matcha powder, baking powder, ginger and salt. Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut in the cold vegan butter until small crumbs form. Pour in the mashed banana, almond milk, maple syrup and vanilla and stir together with wooden spoon until a sticky dough forms.
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and form a 1-inch thick disk. Cut the disk into 8 equal scone wedges, like a pizza. Place the scones on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15-17 minutes, until golden.
Place the scones on a wire rack to cool. While they cool, prepare the maple glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar, non-dairy milk and vanilla in a small bowl. Drizzle the glaze over completely cooled scones and enjoy!
Makes 8 scones.
Leftovers save well sealed in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3 days.
Mini Chocolate Chunk Scones
I've been interviewing for a new job the past several days (no word yet, but my fingers are crossed!), and having some very early mornings. Lately I've been in the habit of getting in a morning run and eating afterward, sometime around 10:30. These mornings though, I was up and out the door at 6:30 am. By the time 7 rolled around, my tummy was already growling to be fed. I needed a transportable, easily-eaten (freeway friendly) breakfast that tasted good and would get me through 'till lunch. A couple of these little scones with a bit of vegan butter did just the trick. From start to finish this recipe takes less than an hour, and has options for both gluten-free and wheat-eatin' readers. The chunks of rich, dark chocolate in the scones make breakfast feel just a little more fancy than usual, and totally acceptable as an after dinner treat, too.
2 cups gluten-free all purpose flour (OR 2 cups whole wheat flour)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon xantham gum (omit if using whole wheat flour)
3 tablespoons organic sugar
8 tablespoons cold vegan butter or shortening (equal to 1/2 cup)
2/3- 3/4 cup cold non-dairy milk
1/2 cup chocolate chips or chopped bar chocolate
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, xantham (if using), and sugar. Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut butter into the flour mixture until uniform crumbs form (sometimes, it helps to fork the butter into the flour if you're having trouble with your knives.) Pour in cold, non-dairy milk a little at a time, mixing until a soft, slightly sticky dough forms. Fold in chocolate chips with a wooden spoon until they are evenly distributed.
Roll dough onto a clean, floured surface and, using a rolling pin, roll out to about a 1 inch thickness. Cut out scone shapes using a cookie cutter or top of a round glass cup. We used a glass cup with a two (ish) inch opening. Its important when cutting shapes that you push the cutter straight down into the dough, and not turn or wiggle the cutter too much, or the dough will lose some of its air and be much denser.
Once shapes are cut, place them onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 15-18 minutes, until they turn golden on bottom and an inserted toothpick comes clean. Let cool for several minutes, and enjoy!
We got 15 mini-scones from this recipe, but if you prefer larger, normal sized scones, you should get about 6. Scones save well in an airtight container for several days.