Sweet-Tooth Saturday: Rhubarb Muffins

I just got the cutest little cookbook on the clearance rack at B&N: Cupcakes & Muffins.  It has lots and lots of great recipes, all illustrated with mouth-watering photos–yum!  I’ll be trying a bunch of them, but the first:  Rhubarb Muffins.  I just love rhubarb in baked goods; the lovely sour bites surrounded by slightly sweet yumminess…mmmmm!  Sugar on top adds the perfect balance, and is super pretty:

 These yummy breakfast bites come together quickly and take just a few ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 2 TBSP vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cup diced fresh rhubarb
  • sugar for topping

Preheat oven to 400F and line a standard muffin tin with paper liners.

Place egg in a bowl and beat lightly.

Add oil, sugar, milk, sour cream and vanilla, stir to combine.  (Stirring did not work to incorporate the sour cream–I ended up using a whisk.)

Sift flour, baking soda, and cinnamon into a large bowl.  Make a well in the center and pour wet ingredients and rhubarb into the well. My well overflowed…oh “well!”  (Couldn’t help it!)  Stir just enough to combine.

Spoon batter into prepared liners, 3/4 full.  Sprinkle with sugar.


Bake 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and a skewer inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out with just a few moist crumbs.  My, aren’t they pretty?


Cool in pan 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely…or do what I did and transfer to a plate, cut in half and apply a bit of butter.  Watch it melt for just a second and take a bite, and another bite, eventually licking your finger to pick up the crumbs on the plate.  Pair them with your morning coffee–mmmmm!  Yummy!

The leftovers kept really well for a few days in a ziploc bag on the counter, ready to be microwaved for a few seconds, buttered and snacked on!  Serve these rhubarb muffins warmed, with a scoop of ice cream and you have dessert!

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