Rhubarb & Buttermilk Scones

Sweet or savory, I’ve come to appreciate how versatile rhubarb can be, though its burgeoning presence in the garden is cause enough to expand my repertoire of rhubarb cookery. At first glance, rhubarb in scones would seem impossibly tart. However, I found adding a cup of rhubarb to my basic scone mix gives both color and zest, in pleasing contrast to the richness of the other ingredients. With a nod to its healthful benefits, replacing some of the flour with whole wheat lends a hint of nuttiness, and helps take the guilt out of this summer morning or afternoon treat.

Rhubarb & Buttermilk Scones

1 cup or 4 ounces rhubarb (around 3 stalks), cut into ¼” thick pieces
2½ cups flour (2 cups all purpose + ½ cup whole wheat pastry)
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon sea salt
8 tablespoons or 1 stick butter
3 tablespoons + ¼ cup sugar
1 scant cup buttermilk
Sugar for sprinkling

– Heat oven to 425°F. Toss rhubarb pieces with 3 tablespoons of the sugar. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl. Cut butter into flour mixture until butter is size of small peas. Blend in ¼ cup of sugar, then the sliced rhubarb. Blend in buttermilk until a soft dough forms. If dough is sticky, blend in a bit more flour. Lightly knead dough and form into a rough ball.

– Transfer dough to a floured surface and divide in half. Pat each piece into 6-inch disks, and cut each circle into 6 triangular scones. Brush with buttermilk and sprinkle with sugar. Arrange on a parchment-lined or ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, turning pan halfway through cooking time. Remove from oven and transfer scones to a rack and let cool. Makes 12 scones.

Local ingredients: Whole wheat pastry flour and butter from Brookford Farm; homemade buttermilk from Harris Farm milk; rhubarb from the garden.

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7 Responses to Rhubarb & Buttermilk Scones

  1. I love it that you’ve listed locally sourced ingredients in your recipe. Yay, locavorism! The only way I will eat rhubarb is in coffee cake, so I bet I’d like this version too. I may pick some up at the farmer’s market here in southern California and give it a try.

  2. Robin says:

    Those scones look heavenly! I really need to find a space to plant some rhubarb!

  3. Lrong says:

    Deliciously looking scones…

  4. I just love rhubarb and those scones sound amazing…I can almost smell them from over here!!

  5. Liz says:

    I too have been trying different things with rhubarb – I made rhubarb cake the other day and tried it in a savoury dish (with limited success). I do like the idea of these scones.

  6. Kristi says:

    I wanted to let you know I made these today and they were delish! I searched Rhubarb Buttermilk on Pinterest and found you. Can’t wait to have another tomorrow morning with my coffee!! THANKS!

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