Honey Bear Rooibos
Honey Bear Lavender Scones

Honey Bear Lavender Scones, recipe by Emily Walter, Cooking School Manager at Good Food Store

2 heaping teaspoons Lake Missoula Honey Bear tea leaves
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2- inch pieces
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup sugar (for sprinkling)


1 tablespoon lavender added to mixture

Preheat the oven to 425°.

  1. Steep one heaping teaspoon of Honey Bear tea leaves in 1/4 cup boiling-hot water for five minutes.  Strain, and reserve the tea.
  2. In a coffee or spice grinder, grind the remaining teaspoon tea leaves to a very fine powder.  Place the powder in a large mixing bowl, and add the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Stir until combined.
  3. With clean hands, work the butter into the dry mixture until it is thoroughly incorporated and has the consistency of fine breadcrumbs.
  4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and pour the buttermilk, vanilla extract and one tablespoon of the brewed tea into the well.
  5. Combine the ingredients until all the dry mix is wet, but do not knead.


  1. Turn the mixture onto a floured surface and gather the dough together.
  2. Gently pat the dough to make a rectangle about 1 1/2 inches thick.
  3. Using a dough cutter, cut the scones into wedges measuring about 3 1/2 x 4 inches, and lay them on a nonstick baking sheet.
  4. Gather the remaining dough lightly to cut out more scones—just don’t knead the dough too much.
  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.  Brush the scones with heavy cream and sprinkle with sugar.

YIELD: 10 to 12 scones

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136 E Broadway St, Missoula
Judy Hogg
Best store in Montana possibly in all of the United States. I don't know. This is the first Gong Fu tea shop I've ever been to. I came in for a matcha whisk because I donated mine to a museum. Before I left a random customer who was introduced to me as a regular bought me tea. I hugged him which isn't something I normally do. But I was incredibly thankful. Then the man behind the counter gave me a free sample. I went in looking for a simple tool and left with tea and a happy spirit. I am looking forward to making it back as soon as possible! I loved it. I think it will always hold a special place in my blood pumping organ.
Sari Barnes
This atmosphere of this shop is so wonderfully cozy and pleasant. The menu has such a nice selection of to-go options and the loose teas to purchase for home brewing are phenomenal and in vast selection. The service was quick and friendly. I came here with my family and we bought many of the different teas to try, as well as some to-go teas. My sister and I really enjoyed their house Chai. It was the perfect amount of spice and tea, like a spicy hug for your soul. I will be recommending this shop to others in the future.
Brooke Blackler
I've been going to Lake Missoula Tea Company for years, and recently have had the privilege of putting some of their tea in my store. The quality of the tea is fantastic, and the blends are delightful. I have also attended one of their tasting / learning events and it was great. I highly recommend their downtown store for meeting with friends, family or even just for a nice place to go and have a cup of perfectly brewed tea.
Tim Specht
Amazing variety great prices and they'll brew top shelf teas you may be reluctant to buy before trying for a dollar more. Great selection for Missoula. Friendly knowledgeable staff and beautiful tea sets and accessories
Ashley Nelson
The atmosphere was so relaxing and pleasant I could stay there all day! The staff are super helpful and polite and helped me with all my questions (not to mention some helpful tips from patrons as well). The tea they have is top notch and all the selection you could ask for