One of my favorite things to do is make up recipes or recreate recipes. Even with baking, I am usually pretty good at this. This time, though, I blew it!
When Mike and I are in Miami, we love to go to a tea shop named My Tea Bar at the Falls which is a shopping mall. They offer hot and cold tea, tea accessories, tea leaves to take home and brew, and a few snacks. On one visit, matcha scones were available. Mike and I each ordered one to go with our tea.
Matcha is the ground version of green tea. The Japanese use matcha in the traditional tea ceremony.
The scones were a mint green color dotted with white chocolate chips. It was good and not too sweet – the perfect accompaniment to a cold fruity tea.
Back at home I tried to recreate the scone. And yes, it was an epic failure. Mike said I should have looked on the internet for a recipe, but where is the fun in that?!?
The end result had three problems: the color changed when baked so that it looked like a chocolate scone (or worse); I used too much matcha, so it tasted bitter; and I used baking soda instead of baking powder (I know better, but I wasn’t being mindful!).
Mike and I both tried to get past the color change to enjoy the scone. Two bites in and we both gave up!
Of course, the recipe has now became a challenge for me! There will be a second attempt or as many as it takes to nail it! When I do, I will share.