Candied Rhubarb Sourdough Scones

Candied Rhubarb Sourdough Scones

StreuselA friend recently gave me large stalks of varying shades of watermelon colored rhubarb and I really wanted to make something other than a pie with it.  I hit upon this candied rhubarb and thought for several days about what I could do with candied rhubarb.  In keeping with our theme this month and my ever increasing amount of sourdough discard, I decided on this sourdough scone.

Full disclosure – my expectation of candied rhubarb was a dry chewy sweet treat.  When drying out this candied rhubarb, even after 24 hours it never got quite dry enough, it was chewy but still slightly wet (and tasty).  These sourdough scones didn’t develop the classic scone texture, but more a wonderfully soft roll type texture.  I feel the addition of the sourdough starter did this.  They taste really good (especially fresh out of the oven) but they are more a bread than a scone, if that makes sense.

The candied rhubarb gives this slightly tangy scone, a perfect bite here and there of a bit sweet and a bit sour.

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Candied Rhubarb Sourdough Scones

  • Author: Streusel


makes about 20 scones



Candied Rhubarb;

6 large stalks of rhubarb

1/2 c. water

2 c. sugar

Sourdough Scone;

4 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

2 T. baking powder

1/2 c. sugar

1 t. salt

6 oz. cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks

1 c. buttermilk + 2 T. for brushing the tops of scones

1 c. sourdough discard

2 eggs, beaten

white sparkling sugar for sprinkling


For the candied rhubarb;

  1. Clean and cut the rhubarb about 1/4 inch thick, I used a mandolin set on 4.  Set aside.
  2. Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan and heat on medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.  Remove from the heat.
  3. Put the cut rhubarb in the warm sugar syrup and let it sit in the syrup for about 30 minutes.
  4. Drain the rhubarb in a strainer and let the liquid completely drain off for several minutes.
  5. Spread the rhubarb into a dehydrator or onto a cooling rack and then place the cooling rack on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment.
  6. Place the baking rack in a 170 degree pre-heated oven for about 8 hours.
  7. Let come to room temperature before folding into the scones below.
  8. I let a little bit of the candied rhubarb continue to sit out on the counter for 24 hours to see if it would dry out beyond the wet chew it became and it didn’t dry any further.

For the sourdough scones;

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and combine the dry ingredients into a stand mixer bowl.
  2. Add the paddle attachment to the mixer and mix the cut up cold butter into the dry ingredients on low speed.
  3. Combine the wet ingredients and slowly pour into the dry ingredients while the mixer is running on low speed.
  4. Mix just until combined, the dough will be sticky.
  5. Place the dough on a floured board and knead in the candied rhubarb just until able to be rolled 1 inch thick and cut with a biscuit cutter.
  6. Place the  scones about 2 inches apart between 2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  7. Brush each scone top with buttermilk and generously sprinkle with sparkling sugar.
  8. Bake for about 15 minutes or just until done.
  9. Let cool on the baking sheets.  Serve or store for no more than 3 days in the refrigerator.


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