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Monday, 3 May 2010

The Muffin Lady's Famous Rhubarb Muffins

We have rhubarb in our garden.  It got a big pile of manure put on it when it was still dormant, so it is only just starting to push through now and there isn't very much yet.  I didn't want to make a crumble (my usual stand by) so I had a look to see what else I could do with a small amount of rhubarb and came up with a recipe for muffins.

The recipe comes, not from the Internet for a change, but from a book I've had for a few years but have probably only used a couple of times, 500 Best Muffin Recipes by Esther Brody. 

This is the lovely gloop that happens when you mix the wet ingredients together with the rhubarb and pecan nuts.

Can you tell how excited I was to be able to SEE my muffins rising in my new oven - lol!

What really makes these muffins so delicious, is the cinnamon, sugar and butter topping, it is divine.

The Muffin Lady's Famous Rhubarb Muffins
1 1/2 (375ml) cups brown sugar
1/4 cup oil (50ml) oil
2 eggs
1 cup (250ml) buttermilk
1 1/2 cups (375ml) finely diced rhubarb
1/2 cup (125ml) chopped walnuts or pecans
2 1/2 cups (625ml) all purpose flour
1tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

1/3 cup (75ml) granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1tbsp (15ml) butter, melted

Preheat oven to 425F (220C)
Muffin tin, greased or paper-lined

1. In a bowl whisk together brown sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla; mix well.  Add buttermilk, rhubarb and walnuts or pecans.

2. In another bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

3. In another bowl combine sugar, cinnamon and butter.

4. Spoon batter into prepared muffin tin, filling three-quarters full.  Sprinkle with topping.  Bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes.

These are some of the best muffins I have made, they have a lovely crunchy top and the combination of rhubarb and pecans through the muffins makes them both moist and delicious.

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At 3 May 2010 at 20:36 , Blogger Laura - Broxholm Road said...

Very nice :-)

At 3 May 2010 at 20:39 , Blogger Kaz said...

Mmmmmm they look scrummy Janice. I love rhubarb, especially crumble, but if you feel like sending any muffins my way, I wouldn't stop you! xxx

At 3 May 2010 at 21:04 , Anonymous MaryMoh said...

Beautiful muffins. I love the topping. Must be very delicious especially when fresh from the oven. I'm sure you enjoy baking in your new oven.

At 3 May 2010 at 22:52 , Blogger GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Oh, look how wonderful they are through the oven window! Gonna try this recipe ~ thanks for including the US measures too.

Kindly, ldh

At 4 May 2010 at 04:08 , Blogger theUngourmet said...

I've never purchased rhubarb but I've been thinking about it. I have a recipe for rhubarb muffins sitting and waiting. I'll have to give these a try too. They look marvelous!

At 4 May 2010 at 04:21 , Blogger chow and chatter said...

oh great muffins and adore the oven shot congrats on your lovely new kitchen

At 4 May 2010 at 06:44 , Blogger tracy said...

those look very nice indeed janice:) i LOOvveee rhubarb :)

At 4 May 2010 at 07:49 , Blogger Marie Rayner said...

Oh mmmm . . . rhubarb muffins, my favourite!!

At 4 May 2010 at 08:00 , Blogger Traceyr said...

Lol you couldn't wait to use your new oven could you?

Lovely muffins!


At 4 May 2010 at 11:17 , Blogger Anne said...

They look scrummy, I will definately be trying these as my last batch of 'throw together and hope for the best' were a bit hmm..

At 4 May 2010 at 12:15 , Blogger Angelnorth said...

Ooooh, I was just looking at the rhubarb patch yesterday and contemplating a little crumble - might have to do these instead, looks scrummy!

At 4 May 2010 at 16:34 , Anonymous Bare Cupboard said...

I've never been much of a fan of rhubarb, but those muffins look like they could easily convert me!

At 4 May 2010 at 22:11 , Blogger Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine said...

have a friend in upstate ny that grows rhubarb thats going to love this recipe thanks for sharing I cant wait for her to try this!! Thanks for visiting my page :)

At 4 May 2010 at 23:00 , Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

They look like great muffins! The topping is wonderful. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

At 5 May 2010 at 10:32 , Anonymous Kath said...

I have been giving a lot of thought to how best make up a recipe for rhubarb muffins lately, our rhubarb is currently taking over the garden! I was thinking I needed to stew the rhubarb first but I can see you don't in this recipe. Yours look lovely and I love the look of that topping.

At 5 May 2010 at 12:49 , Anonymous Catherine said...

"cinnamon, sugar and butter topping".... oh my goodness, divine!!!

At 6 May 2010 at 02:50 , Blogger Stella said...

Yum Janice, these sound great right now-I'm hungry but it's too late to eat!
Thanks for reminding me too-I've been meaning to research whether rhubarb can grow in subtropical zones!

At 6 May 2010 at 07:36 , Blogger Chele said...

I made some rhubarb muffins at the weekend too ... just not had the chance to post them yet. Will be bookmarking this recipe to try as Hubby loves his rhubarb muffins.

At 6 May 2010 at 21:28 , Blogger Kathy said...

ohhh they look delish! Do you think they'd be ok if I missed out the nuts as we don't like them?
Our rhubarb is doping pretty well and this would be a great change form crumble for using it

At 8 May 2010 at 07:25 , Blogger Choclette said...

Oh these do look good AND I'm so wishing our rhubarb would get a move on - maybe it needs a pile of manure. Great to be able to see inside the oven.

At 13 May 2010 at 22:39 , Blogger Traci said...

Janice, thank you for sharing this! My son and I both love rhubarb, but were a bit tired of pie. I am sending this to my son, and making these tomorrow. Hugs!

At 18 May 2010 at 17:40 , Blogger Rosie said...

They look fabulous. I got a new oven a couple of months ago which is the first time I have ever had a brand new one. I still stand transfixed watching things cook...especially yorkshire pudding.

At 19 May 2010 at 17:17 , Anonymous Ailbhe said...

These look lovely. I adore rhubarb and the crunchy topping looks like it makes these nice and decadent! Lovely pics too : )


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