Rhubarb muffins

Rhubarb muffins

10 mins
Cooking time
30 mins
Ian Hofstetter

Ever wondered how to get muffins to rise evenly? Simply drop the batter into the muffin pan in one go and don’t top up with extra batter later. Topping up is what causes uneven rising. Don’t worry about a few lumps of flour in the batter – they help create that characteristic crumbly appearance.


Quantity Ingredient
spray oil
2 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup buttermilk
125g light margarine, melted
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups fresh rhubarb, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to moderate, 180ºC. Spray a 12-hole muffin pan lightly with oil, or line with paper patty cases.
  2. Sift the flour and spice together into a large bowl. Stir in the sugar.
  3. In a jug, whisk together the buttermilk, melted margarine, egg and vanilla.
  4. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients. Pour in the buttermilk mixture all at once and stir until just combined – about 16 strokes is all you need.
  5. Carefully fold in the rhubarb. Spoon the mixture in even quantities into the muffin pan, until each mould is two-thirds full.
  6. Bake for 25–30 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve warm.


  • Try making a pear and streusel muffin for a delicious change. Replace the rhubarb with 2 ripe pears (peeled, cored and chopped), and 1/4 cup chopped glacé ginger. To make the streusel topping, rub 30 g light margarine into 1/3 cup brown sugar, then add 2 tablespoons plain flour and 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger and rub to a fine crumb consistency. Sprinkle over each muffin before baking.

Super ingredient: Rhubarb

  • Rhubarb has little fat, little sodium and is low in kilojoules, even with the addition of a little sugar for sweetness. It contributes fibre, about the same as celery, another stringy vegetable – remember technically rhubarb is a vegetable, but we eat it as a fruit! Its strong flavour is good to include if you’re on a diet – it is surprisingly satisfying without overloading you with sugar or kilojoules.
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