Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Rhubarb and rose muffins - recipe

Here is my version of a rhubarb and rose muffin, born out of picking up some local rhubarb from my nearby market...and a bit of pondering...not much skill needed here as this is just a basic sponge batter mix with a couple of additions.
These muffins are lovely and light and the subtle fragrance of the rose and the tart taste of the rhubarb were quite a good match for each other. Rhubarb is in season just now so I am linking this post to Ren Behan's Simple and in Season monthly round up. Pop over to Ren's blog Fabulicious Food to see lots of other inspirational and seasonal recipes from fellow food bloggers.
Ingredients:
200g margarine
3 free range eggs
200g golden caster sugar
200g self raising flour
150g part cooked rhubarb
1 and a half teaspoons rose water
50g sliced almonds
You will need 12 muffin cases and a muffin baking tray
Method:
1. Cook the rhubarb ahead. I peeled and cut mine into chunks about and inch long, put these in an ovenproof dish and sprinkled on 1 or 2 tablespoons of golden caster sugar. Cover with cling wrap and put in the microwave on high power for about 2 minutes. Cooking rhubarb like this helps keep its shape. Leave this to cool.
2. Pre heat the oven to 180 C fan.
3. Cream the margarine and golden caster sugar with a hand or stand mixer until pale and fluffy, add the beaten eggs a little at a time and beat again. Fold in the self raising flour with a spoon.
4. Add the rosewater and about 150g of the drained rhubarb. Leave the rhubarb juices for later. Fold in gently and make sure all the rhubarb is covered by cake batter.
5. Put the batter mix into 12 muffin cases, use a large tablespoon, or a large ice cram scoop. Sprinkle some sliced almonds over the top of each muffin.
6. Bake in the oven for up to 25 minutes, or when a cocktails stick comes out of the cakes clean and they are golden brown.
7. Leave the cakes to cool in the tin. As they are cooling prick the top of each muffin with a cocktail stick in a few places and dribble some of the cooked rhubarb juice onto each cake. Leave this to soak in while the cooling continues.

8 comments:

  1. These look lovely and makes me think of springtime. Very well presented too!
    I like your blog and I have happily joined your readers!

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  2. These look so pretty and elegant. Love the cupcake cases :)

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    1. Thanks, the cases were not bought here :-)) x

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  3. I can totally see these working. An excellent combination and quite quite the girlie muffin! Such pretty muffin cases too. Must try these with some more stolen rhubarb!

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  4. So pretty! What a lovely seasonal recipe, thank you so much for linking up xxx

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  5. nice idea.. thanks for sharing.

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