I grow rhubarb in my garden, which I normally make compotes, cakes and pies with.  But these gorgeous scarlet stalks were given to me by a friend, so I wanted to really show the fruit off.  So…

I took those lovely sticks and chopped them…

Threw them in a pan with some other delicious stuff…

Made a batter… and a compote… and a crumble…

Put them all together and shoved them in the oven…

Made some coffee…

Sat down, took a deep breath…

And ate warm Rhubarb Crumble Muffins and drank coffee.  Life could be worse.

For the Rhubarb Compote:

300g rhubarb, chopped into 2cm pieces

1 vanilla pod split

100g caster sugar

Zest of 1 orange

60ml freshly squeezed orange juice

For the Muffins:

375g self-raising flour

175g light brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla paste

125ml buttermilk

125ml sunflower oil

For the Crumble:

75g self-raising flour

2 tablespoons Demerara sugar

40g unslated butter, melted

Pinch of sea salt

Make the Rhubarb Compote:

Put the rhubarb, vanilla pod, sugar, orange rind and juice into a saucepan and bring it to simmer over medium heat. Cook for about 5 minutes, until soft then set it aside to cool sliightly.

Make the Crumble:

Put all the topping ingredients into a bowl and scrunch it together with your hands. You should end up with a rough rubble. Set aside.

Make the Muffins:

Preheat the oven to 180C. Spray a 12-hole muffin pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

Put the flour, sugar, cinnamon and giner into a mixing bowl. Add the eggs, vanilla paste, buttermilk and oil. Mix with a spatula until just comnined. Don’t over mix.

Spoon the batter evenly between the prepared muffin tins. Top with a generous spoonful of the rhubarb compote, followed by a generous spoonful of crumble mixture.

Put the muffin tray on a large baking sheet (to catch any drips) and bake the muffins for 20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Leave the muffins to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Slightly adapted from here

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