Rhubarb streusel muffins

I love rhubarb!! I have my grandma and mom to thank for that, as they used to make stewed strawberries and rhubarb often when we were kids.   Many people don’t have an appreciation for this lovely sour stalk, probably because they haven’t found the right recipe.  This one is a great starting point for even the doubtful folks.

For the streusel:
6 tablespoons flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces

For the muffins:
1 1/2 cups small diced rhubarb
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/3 cups  flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
5 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup plain whole-milk yogurt

For the streusel:

1. Whisk flour, sugar, cardamom, and salt in a medium bowl until combined. Add butter and combine with your fingers, rubbing the butter into the flour until mostly incorporated but some small pieces remain. (The streusel is ready when it holds together in large clumps when squeezed-it will still be fairly dry.)

For the muffins:

1. Heat the oven to 375°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Coat a 12-well muffin tin with butter or line it with paper cupcake liners.
2. Toss rhubarb with 1/4 cup of the sugar in a medium bowl and set aside. Let sit until rhubarb releases some juice, about 5 minutes.
3. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cardamom in a large bowl until evenly combined. Place remaining 1/2 cup sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, and yogurt in a separate medium bowl and whisk until smooth. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix just until combined. Stir in rhubarb. (The mixture will be thick.)
4. Place batter into each muffin well and evenly sprinkle streusel over top. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove to a wire rack and let cool 15 minutes in the pan. Remove from the pan enjoy!

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3 Comments on “Rhubarb streusel muffins”

  1. Angela
    April 28, 2010 at 1:47 pm #

    OMGosh…I LOVE rhubarb! I’ll try this recipe one of these days! Thanks for sharing!

  2. April 28, 2010 at 3:49 pm #

    Wow!!! Do these look good…

  3. Nonna
    April 28, 2010 at 5:23 pm #

    Rhubarb is in season up here right now- another reason to buy some! Thank You- great weekend food- muffins!

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