As of this morning, I was still undecided about what to make for dinner tonight, but that turned out to be a good thing; we went to a lunch at my friend Andrea’s house, and when we came home, my hubby and I were so stuffed that we really couldn’t think about dinner. I opened up my Pinterest ‘Bread’ board, thinking that breakfast for dinner was a perfect way to end the day, and I saw these Rhubarb Muffins.
Now, I don’t have anywhere close to the amazing rhubarb crop that Mel has–did you see the picture? the wagon FULL of it?–but I do have a lone rhubarb plant in my backyard. It’s not red rhubarb, which I would kind of prefer, but it’s rhubarb. I decided that I need look no further for dinner tonight…and then I remembered why I haven’t made these already.
I don’t have any.
At this point, however, I really didn’t want to have to come up with another dinner idea, so I decided to forge ahead. After all, the muffins themselves say ‘or vegetable oil,’ so I was safe there, and as for the streusel, well…let’s just say that I didn’t think anyone would complain if I used butter instead. (For the record? No one did.) I followed the recipe otherwise, although I found I only got about 18 muffins out of it. They rose impressively, so that was fine, but I would fill one pan of 12 before deciding whether to try to fill a second one or use a 6 instead. There would be enough streusel for another full dozen, though.
The verdict was fairly unanimous; the girls and I all loved them. (My hubby didn’t end up eating with us, and the boy was having diaper issues–his opinion can’t be accurately gauged.) The one thing I did regret was the coconut oil. I’ve been told that there are two kinds; one that flavors your recipe like coconut, and one that doesn’t. Since there was no other spice in the muffin itself (just the streusel), I would have enjoyed some coconut flavor. I actually added a little bit of coconut extract to the streusel, and that was rather lovely. If I try them again before I get my hands on some coconut oil, I’ll probably throw a bit of cinnamon in the batter, just for flavor. All in all, however, we did quite enjoy them the way they were.