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Author Notes: My mom, who churned out many a tasty scone in her day, wasn't so hot on the idea of rhubarb in scones, "too tart, honey." Boy was she ever wrong. Rhubarb's tang is the perfect foil for the super rich scone (I subbed heavy cream for the milk and upped the salt in my mom's recipe, hence the naughty). You almost don't need jam, but if you went that route, strawberry would be a natural, and clotted cream for the full-on naughty experience. - Midge —Midge
Food52 Review: WHO: Midge is a journalist, mostly on the travel beat (feel free to envy her).
WHAT: A cream scone that needs no jam or butter.
HOW: Slice rhubarb, toss into a quick-leavened dough, pat, slice, bake.
WHY WE LOVE IT: As long as there's rhubarb to be had, this is our go-to weekend brunch and teatime snack. —The Editors
Serves: 12-16 scones
Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 20 min
tablespoon baking powder
tablespoons unsalted butter
cup vanilla sugar
cup heavy cream (up to 3/4 cup)
- Preheat oven to 425° F.
- Slice rhubarb stalks 1/4 " thick. Toss with 3 tablespoons of the sugar.
- Sift flour, baking powder and salt together in large bowl or bowl of food processor.
- Cut butter into flour mixture by hand (or whiz with food processor) until butter is the size of small peas.
- Blend in 1/4 cup of the sugar.
- Blend in sliced rhubarb. (If using the food processor, just pulse -- you want the slices left mostly intact.)
- Blend in cream until a soft dough forms. (note: you may need to add more than 2/3 cup depending on the weather,etc.)
- Transfer dough to floured surface and divide in half. To make triangular scones, flatten into 6-inch disks and cut each circle into 6-8 scones. Sprinkle with remaining sugar.
- Arrange on ungreased cookie sheet and bake about 20 minutes or until reddish-brown on top.
- This recipe is a Wildcard Contest Winner!
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Rhubarb