I have been wanting to harvest the rhubarb in the yard, but can’t bring myself to. Why? Because we have so much rhubarb in the freezer from last year. Last summer I harvested all our rhubarb, plus some of my friends. As a result we have pounds of it. Pounds, and pounds, and pounds. My mom wanted to throw it out since I haven’t used it, but I don’t want to waste it. The rhubarb is still perfectly good. I just haven’t bee in Alaska for the last year, so none of it got used. I had even forgotten it was there until last week! Now that I know I plan to start making many a dessert involving rhubarb. My first go at it were for rhubarb muffins. I found a great recipe of AllRecipes.com, and adapted it to meet some of my ingredient and taste needs.
Recipe: Rhubarb Muffins adapted from Cinnamon-Topped Rhubarb Muffins
Makes: 21-24 muffins
2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar
1 spoonful of molasses
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 c. soured milk (1 c. milk+1 TBS white vinegar)
2/3 c. olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 c. finely chopped rhubarb
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 heaping c. chopped walnuts
Milk together the egg, soured milk, olive oil, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Mix in the sugars, followed the salt, baking soda, and cinnamon. Add in the flour, stirring until just moistened (over-mixing can result in a very dense bread). Stir in the rhubarb until it is evenly distributed in the batter. Spoon the batter into a greased or lined muffin tin**.
Melt the butter in a bowl, and then stir in the sugar, cinnamon, and walnuts. Spoon this mixture evenly over the muffins.
Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
**note: If you used a greased muffin tin they are harder to remove. I had to let the muffins cool for about 10 minutes, and then carefully remove them with a knife. Some of the topping fell off from the angle I had to use to get them out of the tin. I think they look much nicer, but they are a little more difficult then if using liners.