Monday, 3 September 2012

Rhubarb Crumble Muffins

So, have been meaning to start this blog for ages and, having had a very lazy weekend, I finally found the time to set something up. Not sure that this is exactly right yet but it's a start at least! 

The plan is to write up my baking successes (and failures - we all have them - fortunately my husband's work are very happy to eat them!), share great recipes, review cook books (I already have far too many!) and write reviews of the many tea shops that I visit with my husband. Being far too middle-aged for our actual ages, we spend much of our free time pottering around villages, farm shops and garden centres in search of a great piece of cake and perfect cuppa!

Today's batch of baking was made complete with rhubarb grown in our own garden. Nearly everything else that we have attempted to grown this year has been a complete disaster - but, thanks to lots of warm wet weather, the rhubarb has done brilliantly! So today's challenge were rhubarb crumble muffins. I have a recipe cut out from a magazine somewhere, but couldn't find it - so this was a bit of a gamble - adapting a recipe I have for other muffins! But muffins are fairly robust and I've made the original recipe a few times with other fruit so I figured it would be fine. The original recipe was Blackberry and Apple Crumble Muffins, found on the Delicious website. It's a really easy, quick and tasty recipe that I've just adapted slightly.  

Update - June 2013
As the rhubarb is well and truly flourishing again this year, I've just made these again. Thought I would pop a note on here as, this time, I added chopped hazelnuts to the crumble and this addition was fantastic - highly recommended! 

Rhubarb Crumble Muffins:

Freshly cooked rhubarb cumble muffins

  1. 400g rhubarb (halved lengthwise and then diced)
  2. 40g castor sugar
    Rhubarb crumble muffins
  1. 300g plain flour, plus a little extra for dusting
  2. 1 tblsp baking powder
  3. 1 tsp cinnamon
  4. 1 tsp ginger
  5. Pinch of salt
  6. 190g caster sugar
  7. 210ml milk
  8. 1 large free-range egg, beaten
  9. 100g butter
  10. Finely grated zest of 1 large lemon
For the crumble topping
  1. 25g butter, at room temperature
  2. 25g plain flour
  3. 25g demerara sugar
  4. 25g oats
  5. 15g chopped hazelnuts (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC/fan180ºC/gas 6 and line a 12-hole muffin tray with paper muffin cases. 
  2. Mix the rhubarb with the 40g of sugar and leave to one side.
  3. Melt the 100g of butter and leave to one side to cool slightly.
  4. Make the crumble topping. Rub the butter into the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar, hazelnuts and oats and work the mixture with your fingers until it forms nuggets.
  5. For the muffins, sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and salt into a mixing bowl and stir in the sugar. In another smaller bowl, beat the milk with the egg, melted butter and lemon zest. 
  6. Stir the wet mixture into the flour and sugar mixture until combined. (It’s fine if it’s still a bit lumpy.) 
  7. Strain the rhubarb through a sieve to remove any liquid and then stir the rhubarb into the muffin mix. 
  8. Spoon the mixture evenly into the paper cases and sprinkle over the crumble topping.
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes until risen and golden. Cool for 5 minutes in the tin and then cool on a wire rack.
These are fab served warm but also freeze really well. I freeze the batch of them and then defrost one at a time for weekend breakfasts – a quick zap in the microwave and they warm up beautifully and taste lovely!  

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