Cinnamon-Rhubarb Muffins

For the muffins: Yields 12 medium muffins.
  • 9 oz. (2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2-1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 oz. (8 Tbs.) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups 1/4-inch-diced rhubarb (7-1/4 oz.)
For the topping:
  • 3 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper or foil baking cups.

Make the muffin batter: In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt and whisk to blend.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Lightly stir the sour cream mixture into the dry ingredients with a spatula until the batter just comes together; do not overmix. Gently stir in the diced rhubarb. The batter will be thick.

Divide the batter among the muffin cups, using the back of a spoon or a small spatula to settle the batter into the cups. The batter should mound a bit higher than the tops of the cups.

Make the topping: In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon and mix well. Sprinkle a generous 1/2 tsp. of the cinnamon-sugar mixture over each muffin.

Bake the muffins until they’re golden brown, spring back most of the way when gently pressed, and a pick inserted in the center comes out clean, 18 to 22 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let the muffins cool in the pan for 5 to 10 minutes. Carefully lift the muffins out of the pan—if necessary, loosen them with the tip of a paring knife—and let them cool somewhat. Serve warm.

Make Ahead Tips

The muffins will keep for one day; just reheat them in a 350°F oven for 3 to 4 minutes to refresh them.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : per muffin, based on 12 muffins; Calories (kcal): 250; Fat (g): fat g 12; Fat Calories (kcal): 110; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 7; Protein (g): protein g 4; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2.5; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 32; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 200; Cholesterol (mg):cholesterol mg 70; Fiber (g): fiber g 1;

  • by Karen Barker from Fine Cooking
    Issue 85

PHOTO: SCOTT PHILLIPS