Friday, May 15, 2009

Rhubarb Cake - The Way to a Man's Heart

When my dear husband suggested that we should grow some rhubarb plants in our food gardens, my response was less than enthusiastic. 'Rhubarb? Are you sure?' ' Yeah, love rhubarb!' he responded. I was not fond of rhubarb, as my memories of rhubarb went back to English school dinners. The 'dinner ladies' would serve up stewed rhubarb and custard for pudding at lunchtime, it had been boiled for so long it resembled a pink mush and tasted awful!
However, because I know that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, I bought two plants and of course they grew wonderfully! My husband then suggested that I should harvest the rhubarb and make a dessert, perhaps a crumble.... memories of English school stewed rhubarb came to mind, I had to find an alternative recipe. And I did at Deb's blog - homespunliving.blogspot - a recipe for a rhubarb cake which did not require the rhubarb to be stewed first. You will have to head over to her blog for the recipe, it's ' Dorothy's Rhubarb Cake' and I can tell you it is delicious, ever so moist and will be devoured, as it was in our house. Yes, I loved it too and I have changed my mind about rhubarb! I made a second cake for morning tea today and substituted rapadura for the sugar. It turned out perfectly. I used my silicone cake pan to bake it in, makes turning out so easy.

I had some rhubarb left over and decided to add this to a batch of muffins. As the muffins take less time to bake, I decided to lightly stew the rhubarb first. They turned out beautifully, very moist and I'm pleased I used silicone muffin pans for baking them in. Here is the recipe.

Rhubarb and Cinnamon Muffins

2 cups plain or wholemeal flour
(I used my freshly milled wheat flour)
1/2 cup raw sugar or rapadura
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup coconut oil or melted butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 cup milk
1 cup lightly stewed rhubarb
A few tablespoons sugar mixed with 1/2 tsp cinnamon for topping

1. Preheat oven to 180 c

2. Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix, do not over beat or your muffins will grow peaks as they bake.

3. Pour the batter into greased muffin tins or silicone pans... no greasing needed!
I have found I have better results if the mixture is runnier
- just add more milk if your batter seems too dry.

4. Top each muffin with a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar

5. Bake for 15-20 minutes until risen and golden brown

6. Leave to cool for a while before turning out
(muffins are very moist so take care!)

7. Sprinkle with icing sugar if you wish or just enjoy the cinnamon topping.


I have now harvested most of the stalks from my two rhubarb plants, there are enough left for one more cake and as we have decided rhubarb cake and muffins should be regular fare for morning teas, I'm going to buy more plants and have a rhubarb patch!


With love and joy,

Ann
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5 comments:

Toria said...

Your muffins look delicious! My boss suggested I should put in some rhubarb when I commented about having a few empty spots in the garden, but I'd never tried it so I wasn't too keen on the idea. But maybe it wasn't really that bad an idea after all ...

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

Mmmm yum!
I am one of those people who loves rubarb too.
I think it brings me back memeoires of my Granny and that could be why I like it???

Cindy - JourneytoSimplicity said...

Yum! Thanks for the recipe - I've never cooked with rhubarb before, but this post makes me want to try. I don't even know if it grows (or when it grows) here in Southwest Florida.

you have a lovely blog - I found you when reading the comments Rhonda Jean's, Down to Earth blog :-)

Chocolate Vegetables said...

One of my favourite desserts has Granny Smith apples and rhubarb under a cobbler topping. Think dumplings sitting in sweet sauce and fruit. I particularly like Jamie Oliver's cobbler topping.

Jen in NSW
hs 4 boys in Hunter Valley area

Anniversary Flowers said...

Wow this all looks so yummy! I can't wait to try the recipes out! Thanks for sharing :)

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