D likes scones. He likes to have scones with clotted cream. I got him a jar of clotted cream a while back, but, didn't get around to making the scones to go with it until now...
The gnarly dark green leaves along with their deep red stalks are unmistakably signaling the rise of the rhubarb again this year. This hardy perennial heralds the start of the growing season, usually the garden's first gift I look forward to each spring.
The first spring stalks are supposed to be the best, so, I wanted to use it for making some baked goodies. I like its crisp tartness. Pie is not a favorite of mine, so, I decided to try something along the lines of scones, having tried a few other things with rhubarb before...
The leaves contain oxalic acid and are toxic; the deep red stalks are the only edible portion of this plant (Rheum rhabarbarum). Botanically, rhubarb is a vegetable.
And, rhubarb is the plant I would like to share for this week's Weekend Herb Blogging hosted by Anh at Food Lover's Journey.
A few uses of rhubarb (Rheum palmatum) that I found interesting:
- can be used to make an environmentally friendly cleaner for pots and pans - rhubarb brings back the shine in burnt pots and pans
- can be used as a hair dye
- can be used to make organic insecticide
This rhubarb scone recipe is a sweet version of the flatter soda scone, rather than traditional scones which are closer to biscuit in thickness and texture.
1¼ cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
3 Tbsp wheat gluten flour
1 cup sugar (reserve 2 Tbsp of this for sprinkling on top)
¼ cup dried cranberries
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ cup ghee
1 cup rhubarb, cooked, drained and mushed
2/3 to 3/4 cup buttermilk*
*(add a little at a time to form a dough that is not runny or loose)
microwave the rhubarb till it is soft;(no extra water needed - usually a cup of coarsely chopped rhubarb cooks in about 45 seconds to a minute); drain well, or reduce buttermilk quantity
combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, cut in the ghee till the flour mixture feels like breadcrumbs; gradually stir in the rhubarb, then buttermilk
either roll the dough into a ball and flatten to a one-inch thick disk, score the tops into wedge shapes, and place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet ; OR, just roughly make triangular shaped heaps on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet
bake in a 400°F oven for about 20 minutes or till done - toothpick inserted comes out clean; sprinkle some of the reserved sugar on top
Serve warm with clotted cream or butter.