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Strawberry rhubarb muffins with streusel

Strawberry rhubarb muffins with a crumble topping and a little cinnamon

This recipe for strawberry rhubarb muffins with streusel topping crumbled on top is made with sour cream making these muffins super moist! Feel free to double the rhubarb and omit the strawberry if you prefer to make rhubarb crumble muffins.

A basket of strawberry rhubarb muffins with crumble topping with a glass of milk and a muffin sliced open with fresh strawberries

When you make a batch of muffins, more often than not, you will use the muffin mixing method, also known as the two bowl method. You mix your wet ingredients in one bowl, and your dry in a separate bowl, and then both are combined to form a thick batter.

This works especially well when you are making muffins with a liquid fat like canola oil. But when you are using butter, combining the melted butter with the wet ingredients (which are often fridge-cold), the butter can solidify, and the butter isn’t evenly distributed in the batter at that point. 

I now mix my muffin batters a little differently, using the reverse creaming method, which is close to the two bowl method above, but with one difference: use room temperature butter (softened) and incorporate it into the dry until you form a coarse sand-like mixture. This way, you can ensure your butter is evenly distributed throughout the final muffin batter.

The bonus with the reversed creaming method is that by mixing the butter with the dry ingredients, the fat will ensure less gluten development once the wet ingredients are introduced. Less gluten means a more tender muffin. One little change in a mixing method can have amazing results!

Strawberry rhubarb muffins with streusel crumbled on top served in a basket with a glass of milk

I now use the reverse creaming method for most of my muffins. It’s easy and it works well. 

For making streusel and crumble toppings, you can also mix the butter into the dry ingredients when it’s cold, room temperature, or melted. For this recipe, I use melted butter. It’s very easy to incorporate with the dry ingredients of the streusel and form a coarse crumble that makes a great muffin topping.

Half of a strawberry rhubarb muffins with crumble topping on a pink napkin with a glass of milk, and a few strawberries and stalks of rhubarb displayed nearby

It’s very important to chill the crumble topping before sprinkling it on top of the muffins and baking. If the streusel is too warm, it will melt on top of the muffins and completely lose its shape, which gives the topping a completely different look and doesn’t contribute the same crumbly, crispy texture to the muffin tops. I used the same method to make the crumble topping on these honey blueberry muffins.

Strawberry rhubarb muffins with crumb topping and a glass of milk, pink napkin, 3 strawberries on the side

These muffins are incredibly moist and flavourful. I ground almonds with their skin on for this recipe and they bring golden colour to the crumb as well as a nutty flavour but feel free to use ground blanched almonds from the baking aisle that are skinless (just note you’re muffins will have a more vanilla cake colour than a golden brown colour). Incorporating ground nuts in the cake batter also lightens up the crumb, allowing you to bake muffins with less flour. This is the same method used for the rhubarb cake, made with ground pumpkin seeds.

You can’t go wrong with the combination of rhubarb and strawberries (remember those honey-sweetened strawberry rhubarb crumbles) and combined with a little cinnamon makes it even better. These muffins are a lovely ode to the spring fruits that are in season in Quebec, and one of the best rhubarb recipes on this blog. They’re not exactly gold stars or mint liquorice, but I’ll work hard for them just the same.

Strawberry rhubarb muffins topped with a crumble topping served with a glass of milk and fresh strawberries

One of the baking substitutions you might want to make, if you don’t have sour cream, which is an acidic dairy product, you can replace it with the same volume of full-fat plain Greek yogurt. I don’t recommend replacing the sour cream with low fat Greek yogurt because you’ll be adding a lot less fat to the recipe, which could make the muffins a little dryer or tougher.

As for the ground almonds, you can replace them with any ground nuts, like ground hazelnuts or ground walnuts, if you prefer. Pistachio would work too, but that would be expensive.

 Half of a strawberry rhubarb muffins with crumble topping on a paper liner with a pink napkin

If you want to make plain rhubarb muffins with a streusel topping, feel free to replace the weight of strawberries with more chopped rhubarb, bringing the total amount of rhubarb to 275 grams. Or you can replace the strawberries with blueberries because, based on this blueberry rhubarb crisp, we know the combination of blueberries and rhubarb is unusual, but pretty spectacular.

Stalks of fresh rhubarb and strawberries with the stems on

 

Strawberry rhubarb muffins with streusel topping

These strawberry rhubarb muffins have a sweet streusel crumbled on top for the perfect spring-summer muffin. This strawberry rhubarb muffin recipe is soft, light, and have a cake-like texture. 
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword strawberry rhubarb muffins, Strawberry rhubarb muffins with streusel topping
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 43 minutes
Servings 8 big muffins
Calories 431kcal
Author Janice

Equipment

Muffin pan
OXO whisk
Muffin scoop
Cake tester

Ingredients

For the streusel topping

  • 20 grams ( tbsp) all-purpose flour
  • 20 grams ( tbsp) ground almonds
  • 20 grams ( tbsp) granulated sugar or brown sugar
  • 5 mL (1 tsp) ground cinnamon optional
  • 1 pinch (1 pinch) Diamond Crystal fine kosher salt
  • 20 grams ( tbsp) unsalted butter melted

For the muffin batter

  • 200 grams (1 cup) granulated sugar
  • 190 grams ( cup) all-purpose flour
  • 50 grams (½ cup) ground almonds
  • 2.5 mL (½ tsp) baking soda
  • 2.5 mL (½ tsp) baking powder
  • 2.5 mL (½ tsp) Diamond Crystal fine kosher salt
  • 115 grams (½ cup) unsalted butter room temperature, cut into small pieces
  • 125 mL (½ cup) sour cream (14% fat)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 5 mL (1 tsp) pure vanilla extract
  • 110 grams (¼ lb) fresh rhubarb washed and trimmed, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces, or you can use frozen!
  • 110 grams (¼ lb) fresh strawberries washed and trimmed, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces, or you can use frozen! OR replace with more rhubarb
  • 8 grams (1 tbsp) all-purpose flour

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 ºF. Line two muffin pans with 8 to 10 muffin paper liners being sure to space them out between the two pans to allow better air flow.

Make the streusel topping

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, ground almond, sugar, salt, and cinnamon (if using).
  • Add the melted butter and stir it in with a fork until the mixture forms a crumble.
  • Cover and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.

Make the muffin batter

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, ground almond, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add the softened butter and work it in with your hands, rubbing it in until the mixture resembles coarse sand.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the sour cream, eggs, and vanilla.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and stir it in (takes about 20 stirs to get the batter mixed).
  • When the batter is ready, in a medium bowl, toss the rhubarb (and the strawberries, if using) with the 8 grams (1 tbsp) of flour. Stir so that the the fruits are evenly coated with flour.
  • Fold them into the batter gently with a wooden spoon or spatula to evenly distribute them.
  • Divide the batter between 8 to 10 paper-lined wells of two muffin pans. If you want big muffins, you'll need 8, if you want regular-sized muffins, you'll need 10. Sprinkle with streusel.
  • Bake at 425°F for 20 minutes, then use a cake tester inserted into the middle of a muffin to check if the muffins are baked. If you are baking 8 muffins, they probably aren't baked through, so rotate the pans and drop the temperature setting to 350°F for the last 5 to 10 minutes or as much as necessary.

Notes

For a “regular” muffin top: bake at 350°F for 25 to 30 minutes.
For a “domed” muffin top: bake at 425°F for 20 minutes, then rotate the pans and drop the temperature setting to 350°F for the last 5 to 10 minutes.
For a “puffy” muffin top: refrigerate the batter overnight, then scoop the batter into 8 to 10 muffin paper-lined wells of a muffin pan, sprinkle with streusel topping, and bake them at 350°F for about 30 minutes.
 
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Nutrition

Calories: 431kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 244mg | Potassium: 175mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 607IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 2mg

If you’d prefer another type of fruit muffin, try these:

Or if you want something savoury, try these muffins: 

 

This muffin recipe was inspired by a cake recipe in Delicious (UK) magazine. 

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27 Responses to Strawberry rhubarb muffins with streusel

  1. Tina @flourtrader June 14, 2011 at 3:06 PM #

    These look like a great breakfast treat. I like that there are ground almonds in the batter and crumb topped anything gets my vote. Buzz

  2. RavieNomNoms June 14, 2011 at 3:53 PM #

    What a fabulous idea for a muffin! Sounds great!

  3. Lori Lynn June 14, 2011 at 3:07 PM #

    Such pretty pictures. We are fans of rhubarb, These muffins sound fabulous. I’ll take mine with a cup of black coffee 🙂
    LL

  4. Wilde in the Kitchen June 14, 2011 at 3:52 PM #

    It’s funny how far a gold star would go when we were little! Clean the house for a gold star? Sure! If only it were so easy now! Fabulous looking photos and recipe!

  5. [email protected] June 14, 2011 at 7:58 PM #

    YUM! I have rhubarb and strawberries… time to make these muffins! Just need to find a babysitter. 🙂

  6. Steph June 14, 2011 at 4:40 PM #

    This sounds like the perfect summer muffin. I am obsessing over the crumb topping!

  7. Erin June 14, 2011 at 6:38 PM #

    Ok, these look amazing! Who doesn’t love a crumble top?!

  8. Jan June 18, 2011 at 4:37 AM #

    Thank you all for your kind comments. Very much appreciated 🙂

  9. Jan June 18, 2011 at 4:38 AM #

    @Steph I am too! This technique is genius! (well at least in my books…)

  10. Ivonne June 21, 2011 at 2:26 AM #

    What a sweet post! I’d give you gold stars and bon points all over the place for these muffins!

  11. Gingered Whisk May 31, 2012 at 7:04 PM #

    I made these for breakfast yesterday and they were delicious! Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Jan June 1, 2012 at 9:48 PM #

      Awesome, thanks for letting me know! That made my day 🙂

  12. Liz April 19, 2013 at 5:57 PM #

    Great recipe! Can’t wait to try it!

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