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Spelt Scones with Health Giving Kefir, Matcha Green Tea & Honey

Spelt Scones with Kefir, Matcha & Honey

Scones | 11th August 2018 | By

I was innocently having a quick catch-up on Facebook before getting down to the more serious business of writing up a recipe, when I noticed a scone post from Johanna, at Green Gourmet Giraffe. She alerted me to the fact it was International Scone Week. Well really, I couldn’t let another year go by without marking the occasion. The post I was going to write has now been put on hold so that I can get the the recipe for spelt scones with health giving kefir, matcha green tea & honey published before it’s too late. As the old saying goes: here today, scone tomorrow.


Scones, or biscuits, as they are better known in the States, are such a simple treat. They’re quick to make and quick to cook. You can keep them simple and pile them with jam and clotted cream (Cornish of course) or they can be loaded with all sorts of scrumptious flavours and eaten plain or with a little butter. Who am I kidding? Lashings of butter. And let’s not forget the savoury variety. Tucking into a warm cheese scone is pure bliss.

There’s an ongoing and sometimes heated debate here in the UK as to whether the ‘one’ in scone should be pronounced like ‘gone’ or ‘stone’. I’m not saying which my preferred pronunciation is, but what’s yours?

International Scone Week & Afternoon Tea Week

International Scone Week was started way back when (in 2011) by Celia over at Fig Jam & Lime Cordial. I know I keep saying it, but where does the time go? Tandy from Lavender and Lime later took up the mantle. The last time I joined in was in 2016 with these emmer scones. You can see all of the scones that were made last year on Tandy’s sidebar and this year’s batch will be replacing them on 13th August.

This year #ISW2018 runs from 6th to 12th August. If you’d like to join in, you’ve still got time. Scones really don’t take very long to make.

It’s also Afternoon Tea Week next week (14th to 20th August), so I’m now pretty well set up for that too. But if you haven’t made scones recently, that’s another good excuse for doing so.

Spelt Scones with Health Giving Kefir, Matcha Green Tea & Honey

No sooner did I realise I only had a couple of days until the end of International Scone Week, then I dashed down to the kitchen and rooted through the pantry. The pantry is a rather grand name for the cupboard where I keep most of my store-cupboard ingredients. Luckily I had everything I needed to make these matcha spelt scones. I make sure my trusty jar of wholemeal spelt flour never runs out.

I was taught to make scones at an early age by my mother and the old imperial measurements are ingrained on my brain. These are what I’ve used in the recipe, but I’ve also given metric for those not quite as old as me. If you’re a scone novice, all you need to do is rub a little butter into the dry ingredients with your hands, add the wet ingredients and mix to form a dough.

Spelt Scones with Kefir, Matcha & Honey

The green spelt dough is a joyful feast for the eyes. Relive those playdoh days. Revel in it, because when it’s cooked, it won’t be quite so green. You could of course leave out the matcha if you really don’t like the idea. The scones would still taste good, but that green tea does add a certain wow factor. I made ten, but I rolled them out a little too thinly, so you should get eight good sized scones if you do as I say not as I do.

Spelt Scones with Kefir, Matcha & Honey

Scones don’t get much better than this. Light, satisfying and oh so tasty. The matcha gives a slight umami note and the honey a slight sweet one. Together they make for a perfect match. Maybe I was hungry when I wolfed the first one down and it was still warm from the oven, but my word, it tasted good. I only needed a bit of butter, though I did find out later that a little honey worked a treat as well. CT came back craving calories after a hard day’s work and was delighted to find a batch of matcha spelt scones he could tuck into.

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Spelt Scones with Healthful Kefir, Matcha Green Tea & Honey – The Recipe.

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Spelt Scones with Health Giving Kefir, Matcha Green Tea & Honey

Easy to make, light and thoroughly delicious, these antioxidant rich matcha tea spelt scones include kefir to help with the rise and a little honey for sweetness.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: baking, honey, kefir, matcha, scones
Servings: 8 scones


  • 8 oz 225g wholemeal spelt flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 tbsp matcha green tea powder
  • 2 oz 60g salted butter - fridge cold and cubed
  • ¼ pt 120 ml kefir, buttermilk or sour milk
  • 1 tbsp runny honey
  • a little milk to brush the tops with


  • Set oven to 200℃/400℉/Gas6.
  • Place the dry ingredients into a large bowl and rub in the butter with your fingers until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  • Make a well in the centre and pour in the kefir and honey. Stir with a round bladed knife from the inside to the outside until the ingredients are just combined and form a dough.
  • Marvel at the green dough. It won't be as green once it comes out of the oven.
  • Roll out on a floured surface to about ¾" (2cm) thick, then cut into rounds with a 2 ½" (6cm) cutter. Combine the leftover bits, re-roll and cut again until the dough has all been used.
  • Place onto a greased baking tray and brush with milk. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the scones are golden and the bases sound hollow when tapped.
  • Place onto a cooling rack. Enjoy at least one whilst they are still warm.


Best eaten on the day they are made. Or can be frozen once cooled.
You could of course leave out the matcha if you really don't like the idea, but it would be a shame.
These scones don't rise as well as ordinary scones due to the bran in the wholemeal flour, but they are still light and delicious.


I’m sending my matcha wholemeal spelt scones off to Baking Crumbs over at Only Crumbs Remain.


  1. Janice

    11th August 2018 at 8:37 pm

    I haven’t made scones for ages. Seems like too good an opportunity to miss and your wholemeal scones look delicious.

    • Choclette

      12th August 2018 at 4:35 pm

      Thanks Janice. Go for it. I know you’re a fellow scone lover.

  2. Madeline Dodd

    11th August 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Funny enough I made cranberry and ginger scones today , they are delicious but I will try this recipe very soon

    • Choclette

      12th August 2018 at 4:34 pm

      Cranberry and ginger scones sound delicious Madeline. I find I need something like International Scone Week to galvanise me into action or I tend to just make plain scones.

  3. johanna @ green gourmet giraffe

    11th August 2018 at 10:47 pm

    Great to see you baking for ISW. Thanks for the shout out too. Your scones look wonderful and I love the touch of green. I also love that you make scones just like I was taught.

    • Choclette

      12th August 2018 at 4:26 pm

      Haha, sometimes the old ways are the best ways. Thanks for reminding me about ISW Johanna. I’d forgotten all about it.

  4. angiesrecipes

    12th August 2018 at 6:12 am

    These scones are so yummy and very healthy too! Green always makes me happy 🙂

    • Choclette

      12th August 2018 at 4:25 pm

      Yes, happy green. I love green bakes too Angie.

  5. Galina V

    12th August 2018 at 4:50 pm

    We’ll be going to Cornwall soon and I’m hoping to have my scone-eating spree there. I love scones, but don’t make them often myself, maybe because I eat them loaded with clotted cream and jam. Yours are superbly healthy and pretty too. But where is jam? 🙂

    • Choclette

      12th August 2018 at 8:28 pm

      Haha, well I’ve had my fair share of lashings of jam and clotted cream on scones, so I thought I’d give it a rest for these ones. Hope you have a lovely holiday with lots of cream teas and good weather.

  6. Jacqueline Meldrum

    12th August 2018 at 8:11 pm

    These look awesome. Thanks for including one of my scone recipe. Sharing them now.

    • Choclette

      12th August 2018 at 8:29 pm

      Thanks Jac. Whenever I make scones, I wonder why I don’t make them more often. So easy, so delicious.

  7. Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry

    12th August 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Those scones look absolutely delicious! Thanks for mentioning my lemonade scones, much appreciated!

    • Choclette

      13th August 2018 at 8:08 am

      Thanks Bintu. They were rather good. Luckily I put half of them in the freezer, so they can be enjoyed another day.

  8. Tandy | Lavender and Lime

    13th August 2018 at 9:08 am

    These got such a good rise! Thank you so much for taking part and what a great recipe 🙂

    • Choclette

      14th August 2018 at 8:56 am

      Thanks Tandy and thanks for keeping this scone tradition going.

  9. Heidi Roberts

    13th August 2018 at 6:14 pm

    I love using matcha in baking – it is so good for you and the colour is so unusual it is eye-catching!

    • Choclette

      14th August 2018 at 8:54 am

      I agree Heidi. Love the both the colour and flavour in baking.

  10. sherry

    14th August 2018 at 4:40 am

    hi there
    these look pretty with their green tinge:) I too patted out my dough too thinly and my scones were a wee bit flat but still tasty. Scones (like gone) are just such a quick way to have something on the table very fast. cheers sherry

    • Choclette

      14th August 2018 at 8:54 am

      Thanks Sherry. Yes it’s too easy to roll the dough a bit too much I find.

  11. Inger @ Art of Natural Living

    14th August 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Yes, your matcha scones ARE different from mine! I do like the round ones–must get a cutter some time. I haven’t tried baking with spelt flour yet. Must put that on the “to do” list! Isn’t scone week fun!

    • Choclette

      15th August 2018 at 2:07 pm

      Spelt is my favourite flour for baking. I’ve been using it for more years than I care to remember.

  12. Munchies and Munchkins

    15th August 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Oh I love the look of these, they look delicious yet wholesome! I think my girls would enjoy giving these a go, I’ll let you know if we try xx

    • Choclette

      16th August 2018 at 3:02 pm

      Do let me know Becky. It would be interesting to see what your girls think of matcha. I suspect it might be a bit too much for them.

  13. Kat (The Baking Explorer)

    24th August 2018 at 10:47 am

    They look yummy and I love their green hue

    • Choclette

      24th August 2018 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks Kat. I really like green in bakes because it’s just not what one expects.

  14. Jenny Pepper

    16th September 2018 at 3:47 pm

    I couldn’t find the oven temperature in your spelt scone recipe

    • Choclette

      16th September 2018 at 7:30 pm

      Hi Jenny. I’m so sorry, but thank you for pointing it out. The temperature should be 200C/400F/Gas6, although like with all ovens, temperatures vary and mine might be a little different to yours.

  15. greentea benefits

    12th January 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Does this need to be made with a specific matcha powder?
    I have Tenzo Tea’s organic matcha but a lot of them look the same.

    • Choclette

      13th January 2019 at 2:32 pm

      Any matcha green tea powder will be fine, though it would make more sense to use a cheaper lower grade for baking.


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