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The kids eyed up the giant muffin... who was going to get to it first?!

The kids eyed up the giant muffin… who was going to get to it first?!

 If you’re after a super-quick delicious muffin recipe, read on!

I just love rhubarb – it’s often forgotten in discussions about great fruit (although strictly speaking, it’s actually a vegetable, but let’s not worry about that), but it’s usually around this time every year, when my mum informs me that her rhubarb patch has gone wild and asks if I’d like some, that I remember just how much I like it. Rhubarb does require quite a lot of sugar to make it palatable, which is a downside, given my efforts to reduce the sugar intake here at OH HQ, but then the tang of rhubarb is an unbeatable flavour, and these muffins offer a delicious and easy way to bake with rhubarb.

This recipe was inspired by a recent visit to new artisan bakeshop Kitchen in Langport in Somerset, on our half-term travels, where we tasted rhubarb & raspberry muffins for the first time and they were declared ‘delicious’.

I hadn’t thought of using rhubarb in muffins before, but it’s great, particularly with raspberries. What’s brilliant is that you don’t need to cook the rhubarb beforehand – you just stir it into your mixture – which means these muffins literally take about 10 minutes to make – perfect for the time-pressed parent.

I am into coconut oil at the moment (I use Lucy Bee coconut oil, which I bought in my local health food shop) so I tried it in this recipe and it worked a treat, although you could also use melted butter.

These were a complete hit here – both children loved them. They are great for a weekend brunch, an afternoon snack or even in lunchboxes or for a picnic, now the weather’s cheered up a bit!

TOHC x

 

Rhubarb & Raspberry Muffins

Makes approx. 10 muffins

200g self-raising flour

½ tsp cinnamon

90g golden caster sugar

80g melted coconut oil (I used the microwave)

100ml milk

2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten

1 tsp vanilla essence

2 or 3 stalks of rhubarb, sliced into ½ cm pieces

Handful of raspberries (fresh or frozen)

Flaked almonds, for sprinkling

Demerara sugar, for sprinkling

What to do: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C Fan/350°F, and line your muffin tin with muffin cases.
  2. Sift the flour and cinnamon into a bowl, and stir in the sugar
  3. Stir the wet ingredients (melted oil, milk, eggs and vanilla essence) into the dry ingredients and mix, but don’t overmix – lumps are fine.
  4. Lastly, stir in the chopped rhubarb and the raspberries (if they’re frozen, straight from the freezer is fine)
  5. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases, and sprinkle a little demerara sugar on top of each one for crunch.
  6. Finish each muffin with a good sprinkling of flaked almonds.
  7. Bake for about 30 mins – test with a skewer – and allow to cool on a wire rack.
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