Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Rhubarb Muffins - Inspired by Donna Hay

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It was time I used something seasonal I haven't used before and here's the outcome of my challenge :) I've had rhubarb before but I never actually considered cooking or baking with it before. But since it's in season now and the supermarkets are full of it - why not try something new! A couple of years back I bought the cookbook "Off the Shelf" by Donna Hay. I loved the book at the time and I tried a couple of recipes but somehow I forgot about having it for a while. Now, however, I rediscovered it and it already inspired me for a new blog post! I'm really happy with the outcome and I have found my new favourite basic muffin recipe! I used Donna Hay's blueberry muffin recipe from the book as a foundation and adapted it to fit with rhubarb.

Ingredients (yields 8 muffins):

  • 250g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 110g cane sugar or brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 80ml vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 200g rhubarb

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Wash the rhubarb and peel it by cutting off the ends and tearing of the outer skin bit by bit.

 
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This is what the rhubarb looks like when it's peeled.

 
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Rhubarb is rather sour on its own and, unfortunately, quite a bit of sugar has to be added for baking. If you have a good alternative for me, let me know in the comments! As I said, I haven't been using rhubarb before.... But to continue with this recipe: Cut the rhubarb in small pieces and coat them in 4 tablespoons of sugar (or the equivalent of artificial sweetener if you prefer).

 
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Put all ingredients into a bowl...

 
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...add the rhubarb and mix well with a wooden spoon.

 
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Portion the muffin mixture into 8 muffin paper liners or if you have, use reusable ones, e.g. made from silicone. Set the oven at 180°C and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clear.

 

Look at these beauties! :)

 

This recipe should work with pretty much any other fruit as well in case you don't like rhubarb or you just can't get hold of any. Maybe there'll be a seasonal adaption of this recipe in a future post!


Happy baking! 
C