Rhubarb crumble muffins

Rhubarb crumble muffins

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 15 mins - 18 mins


The flavours of a rhubarb crumble in the form of a lovely moist muffin.

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal213
  • fat6g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs38g
  • sugars21g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.42g
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    For the muffin mix

    • 175g caster sugar
    • 175g rhubarb, halved lengthways then diced



      Botanically, rhubarb is a vegetable (it's related to sorrel and dock) but its thick, fleshy…

    • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
      Sunflower oil

      Sunflower oil

      Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

    • 1 egg



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    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 125ml buttermilk
      Buttermilk pancake mixture in bowl with whisk



      There are two types of buttermilk. Traditional buttermilk is a thin, cloudy, slightly tart but…

    • 200g plain flour
    • 1 tsp baking powder
      Baking powder

      Baking powder

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    • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
      Bicarbonate of soda

      Bicarbonate of soda

      Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

    For the crumble topping

    • 50g light muscovado sugar
    • 50g plain flour
    • 25g porridge oats
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 50g butter



      Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…


    1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper muffin cases. Stir the sugar and rhubarb together and set aside while you make the crumble topping. Mix together the muscovado sugar with the flour, oats and cinnamon, then rub in the butter until clumpy with your fingertips.

    2. Stir the oil and egg, vanilla and buttermilk into the sugary rhubarb (don’t worry if it’s a little bit juicy). Now, add the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda and stir well.

    3. Quickly spoon into the cases, then scatter each with a thick layer of the crumble mixture. Bake for 15-18 mins until golden and a cocktail stick poked into the centre of a muffin comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

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    21st Apr, 2013
    These are the best muffins I have made! I didn't have any rhubarb so swapped this for ordinary gala apples which worked an absolute dream with the cinnamon. Will be definitely making these bad boys again!
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    14th Apr, 2013
    I have made this recipe now every weekend for the last 5 weeks! Really easy to make and each week I put different fillings, yesterday I put fresh pineapple and blueberries for example. I haven't put the crumble topping on yet so I can't comment on that but the muffins are relly easy to make and taste yummy! I've used different flavour yoghurts as well, one was a stem ginger that I used with rhubarb, the lemon works well, try them!
    8th Apr, 2013
    I love this recipe, and so does everyone who's ever tasted the result! I do tend to add up to twice as much rhubarb. As a bonus, when you're on a calorie restrictive diet (e.g. the 5/2 diet), just use half the crumble or no crumble at all and you still have a delicious breakfast!
    26th Feb, 2013
    Delicious! I used an ice cream scoop to measure them out, only got 9 out of the mix and they took 25mins to cook. The end result is great, the crumble topping really makes them :-)
    2nd Feb, 2013
    forgot to rate and also say I made without the crumble topping as trying to keep an eye on calorie and fat intake at the moment
    2nd Feb, 2013
    I have made these twice now with rhubarb. First time using just wholemeal flour. They rose beautifully in the oven but just before I took them out they sunk in the middle.....still tasted lovely though. second time I used half wholemeal & half white flour and also as I didnt have any buttermilk I used a mix of sour cream and milk. They rose perfectly and didnt sink at all and tasted just as good. I pack the OH up with these in his lunchbox so if they arent eaten within a day or two they tend to become a little wet but still taste fine. Will definitely try this version with apples at some point
    30th Jan, 2013
    fantastic muffin recipe! I also used regular milk with a teaspoon of lemon juice instead of buttermilk and they turned out perfect. Best eaten fresh. Everyone loved these muffins and I'll be making them again soon!
    30th Jan, 2013
    These muffins where very yummy, i couldn't get fresh rhubarb so used tinned, and was still very nice, but i'll use fresh next time as the rhubarb blended into the sponge and the taste wasn't strong enough. but the whole family still loved them :-)
    24th Jan, 2013
    I would really like to try this recipe but I can´t get hold of rubarb in Spain. What could I use to replace it? Many thanks.
    21st Oct, 2012
    Wow! I'm just learning how to bake and these were fantastic! Made 36 for work in 2 days as everyone loved them. Couldn't get rhubharb second time so used blackberry & apple - really good! I'll definately make again


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