After a winter that seemed to never end, summer has finally arrived in Upstate NY and it is glorious! The gardens have been cautious with their growth for fear of a surprise cold snap, but Mother Nature has been kind and now plants are on overdrive to blossom. I signed up for my first ever CSA box provided by Lansing Farm Market and it is fantastic! I love all the fresh produce each week and using the contents for creating new recipes. The first new recipe on our plate is for Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins!
The strawberries from the CSA are so incredibly sweet they taste like candy and the rhubarb, which is most often tart, had a slight sweetness to it as well, giving a wonderful balanced flavor. One little food fact I learned this year about rhubarb – this long pinkish-red stalk of goodness is actually a vegetable and not a fruit. Did you know that? I didn’t! It’s part of the buckwheat family!
Rhubarb is also easy to freeze for later use. I chopped mine into small pieces and placed in single layer on a wax paper covered cookie sheet. I placed that in the freezer for about an hour, then poured the frozen bits into a zip lock baggie, labeled with the date and put back in the freezer. Rhubarb has a high water content so beware when you defrost.as it will become mushy. The best way to use this frozen is to definitely bake with it- the moisture will be an added bonus to your cakes, cookies and breads.
These strawberry rhubarb muffins came out moist and packed with flavor. The first batch did not last long at all and I had to make a second. They will keep in an airtight container for only a few days before turning moldy. How do I know this? Well, the second batch was also enjoyed, just not as fast as the first. There were 2 left on the counter and when I went to grab one noticed it a tad fuzzy! Next time, I will try freezing the baked muffin and will report how that turns out…but in the meantime, let’s make some muffins!
- 2 cups flour
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ tsp. kosher salt
- 1 Tbsp. baking powder
- 3-4 large strawberries, diced
- 1 small stalk rhubarb, diced
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 ½ tsp. vanilla
- Raw sugar
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In large bowl, combine dry ingredients and whisk until well combined.
- In a 2 cup (or larger) measuring cup or separate bowl, combine coconut oil, milk, eggs and vanilla.
- Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and blend with whisk 20 strokes. It’s ok if batter is lumpy.
- Grease a 12-cup muffin tin (or use cupcake liners) and fill each cup ⅔ full. Top with chopped strawberries and rhubarb. Sprinkle with raw sugar.
- Bake 12-15 minutes or until toothpick tests done.
- Cool for 5 minutes in pan, then remove and cool completely on wire rack.
- Makes 12 muffins
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