29 May 2013

rhubarb, fig, scone


According to Delia Smith, you can "probably get rich fruit scones to the plate within twenty five minutes of having first thought of them".  I have had a terrible craving for honey recently - something to do with the pollen season? - so I decided to test the notion.  Happily it is indeed possible, at least if you use a food processor.  Of course, there is always the risk that you'll make an error if you rush, and I did - plain flour instead of self raising. Obviously they didn't rise as they should, but they tasted fine.  You can find the recipe here though I add more fruit, sultanas and cranberries if I have them.

Today I have been making inroads into the rhubarb by making my favourite Glencar Jam.  (If you decide to make it you'll get just over four jars, and you can do without the candied peel if you prefer - I do. And don't forget you'll need to leave it overnight before boiling.)  Come September, the shelves will be packed with this stuff and I'll have to make myself a whole new wardrobe of dresses that will fit. 

I am off to my pattern cutting class shortly. Just as well really.

11 comments:

annjennyg said...

Your scone and jam look delicious and thank you for the jam recipe. I have a glut of rhubarb too and will give it a go.

Joanna said...

Do you use Evernote? It is spookily intelligent. When I found and Evernote-clipped the jam recipe (for which many thanks - it looks fab,) it told me a) that it belonged in a 'notebook' called 'New Recipes to Try' (correct) and b) that I had clipped a similar recipe: rhubarb and vanilla jam (also correct). Now I just need to obtain appropriate quantities of rhubarb. Oh for an allotment! (6 years on waiting list, now at number 24 ...)

colleen said...

Joanna - Such a long wait for you - not good. I wonder if someone might swap with you for something else? This is an idea a friend wants to try out at a WI meeting, I was resistant at first, but actually think it might work.

Thanks for the tip on Evernote. I've downloaded it and may eventually figure out how to get it to work...maybe we could swap your expertise for some jam?

Liz said...

Now I'm craving scones and jam. Fortunately I'm meeting friends at the coffee shop later.

Esther Montgomery said...

I can't eat wheat or gluten but have just started making scones from a special flour. They come out rather heavy so I'm putting in an egg (which I didn't do before) and that helps. They take longer to cook than 'ordinary flour' scones so they wouldn't win in a twenty minute test but I'm pleased to be having even heavy ones after years of none.

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

That jam sounds and looks delicious!

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

That jam sounds and looks delicious!

Rattling On said...

My rhubarb has stopped growing as the weather has deteriorated. Bah!
I think I have a plate very similar to that one.

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SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Your jam looks delicious ... rhubarb is one of my favourites , lovely and tangy . I might defy the Sugar Police and make a small amount for the occasional big treat .
I can do the twenty minute scone , too , with Mrs. Beeton's recipe ... or , at least I could till I had to replace my 45 year-old kitchen scales . The new ones are a pain ...'there's something so wrong about outliving one's kitchen equipment .

rachel said...

SIgh....too cruel.... have just embarked on a programme of sensible eating, to avoid a summer of tent dresses and elasticated waistbands.