Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Rhubarb Strawberry Muffins


Here comes the sun, do do do do ...
George Harrison, Here Comes the Sun

I am having a marvellous time reading all the summery recipes posted by folk in the Northern Hemisphere using summer fruits. It makes me feel all cheery and summery myself, even though we are smack in the middle of winter here. (Mind you, winter in Queensland is pretty mild.)

These recipes inspired me to buy up big at the local fruit shop - I bought a basketful of fruit and veg that I really had no clear idea what I was going to do with, but it looked wonderful. My purchases included 2 punnets of strawberries and a bunch of rhubarb stalks.

The challenge then was - what should I make?? Initially, I was tempted by Dorie Greenspan's rhubarb and strawberry (well, cherry) cobbler, then Margaret Fulton's rhubarb and strawberry crumble. However, the practical genie kicked in and suggested muffins for work. A Google search later, and I came up with this recipe for rhubarb muffins by Fiona Haynes, to which I added about 8 strawberries, chopped into quarters. As a member of TWD (think lots of butter and chocolate), I need some low fat recipes in my life, so I was delighted to read that this recipe is also low fat. Bargain!

The verdict? I think these muffins turned out very pretty, and they tasted devine with the wonderful juicy rhubarb and strawberries in them. For all of you lucky enough to be in the middle of summer fruit season, you could do a lot worse than give these muffins a go. And just think of all the extra Katherine Hepburn Tribute Brownies I can eat next week for TWD after being so virtuous ;).

10 comments:

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

These muffins sound wonderful and good idea making them muffins for work. I'm too scared to join TWD as I just can't eat that many cakes and baked goods hehe

Mary said...

Delicious these muffins!

Anita said...

Yum muffins. Haven't made some in a while, I like that they have rhubarb and strawberry, sounds like a lovely combo.

The Blonde Duck said...

Oh yum! I couldn't do TWD b/c I am not that talented.

pinkstripes said...

I need to buy some rhubarb and finally bake with it. Your muffins look and sound delicious.

Cakelaw said...

Thanks Lorraine. I am just grateful that my colleagues help me out and my employer hasn't banned cake in the workplace.

Thanks Mary :)

Hi Anita, it was a good combination - thoroughly recommend it.

Thanks Duckie. I am sure you could - I have seen your pies!

Thanks Wendy - if you like rhubarb, these are delish.

Jacque said...

Mmmm, rhubarb is one of my favorite things. Sounds delish in these muffins!

Emily said...

I love that you're baking with strawberry and rhubarb! That is too funny. These muffins look delish, and I know I would like them.

Cakelaw said...

Thanks Jacque - they were delish, especially when warm.

Thanks Em - it has been ESP! Have loved all of your great strawberry rhubarb dishes.

♥Rosie♥ said...

Strawberry and rhubarb muffins a match made in heaven!