2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar plus
1 teaspoon of Turbinado sugar for dusting the tops
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons powdered green tea (matcha)
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, very cold
1/2 cup sour cream
1 large egg
Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a medium bowl, mix flour, 1/3 cup sugar, matcha, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Grate butter into flour mixture on the large holes of a box grater; use your fingers to work in butter (mixture should resemble coarse meal).
In a small bowl, whisk sour cream and egg until smooth.
Using a fork, stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. (The dough will be sticky in places, and there may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press, the dough will come together.)
Place on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7- to 8-inch circle about 3/4-inch thick. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tsp. of sugar. Use a sharp knife dipped into flour to cut into 8 triangles; place on a cookie sheet, about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature.
Matcha tea is an excellent and delicious way to obtain antioxidants. It is significantly higher in antioxidants than many vegetables, gojiberries, pomegranates, and even blueberries. Antioxidants have been shown to help slow the signs of aging and even to help prevent cancer and other diseases. Matcha can even help speed up your metabolism, helping you to shed unwanted weight easier. When consumed regularly, Matcha can help reduce cholesterol as well.
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