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English Champagne Rhubarb Muffins

Rhubarb Muffins

The Rhubarb gave the muffins a wonderful sourness, contrasting perfectly with the sweet muffin batter. It's such a shame that the rhubarb season is so short - I will have to make the most of it while it lasts.


| Serves: 12  | Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Cook Time: 20 Minutes | Total Time: 35 Minutes |


  • 250g Light Muscavado Sugar
  • 80ml Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 TSP Vanilla Extract
  • 250ml Buttermilk
  • 180g Rhubarb, chopped into 1cm chunks
  • 50g Walnuts (or you can use Pecans), roughly chopped
  • 300g Plain Flour
  • 2 TSP Baking Powder
  • 1 TSP Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 50g Bran
  • 2 TBSP Demerera Sugar


  • Step 1: Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases and preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6.
  • Step 2: In a bowl mix the sugar, oil, egg, vanilla extract and buttermilk, stir in the chopped rhubarb and nuts. Sift in the flour, baking powder and bicarb and sprinkle over the bran. Fold in gently - do not overmix.
  • Step 3: Spoon into the prepared muffin tin and sprinkle with the demerera sugar.
  • Step 4: Bake for 20 minutes - best eaten warm 

 | Author: Beth Sachs | Date: 7th March 2010 |


  1. Those do sound really good. I do so love rhubarb, but I think I would use pecans :)

  2. These do sound good. I wouldn't have thought of muffins, but I do like rhubarb and ginger cake and also rhubarb polenta cake, so guess I'd better try these. If you don't mind normal homegrown rhubarb rather than forced rhubarb the season is actually quite a long one. We used to grow it and picked for about 4 months.

  3. The champagne sounds lovely but unfortunately I'm not a great fan of rhubarb. A Champagne and Strawberry version would be gorgeous!


  4. What a lovely idea....the addition of the champagne makes them extra special. Lucie x

  5. Ooh, I have a major weakness for rhubarb - divine!

  6. Who doesn't love a delicious muffin Beth to remind us of Spring.

  7. I always thought rhubarb season was really short too but this year I saw it at the farmer's market almost all summer! Maybe its the MN weatehr

  8. I always thought rhubarb season was short too & last year I saw them all summer in the farmer's market, wonder if its our weather.

  9. Thanks for all your comments. I remember my Mum and Dad used to grow Rhubarb in the garden (they've turned their veg patch not a sun deck now though - well they are retired!!) and we used to enjoy it for a good few months. Maybe I will have to look into gorwing some!? It's a new love!

  10. These sound wonderful though I've never tasted rhubarb - been reading about and lusting after it for years, but all in vain.


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