After picking up some delicious rhubarb from the local farmers at our city’s Farmer’s Market, I decided to make my Rhubarb Bran Jumbo Muffins.
The moisture from the rhubarb gives these muffins a beautifully moist texture, and rhubarb flavor. For the topping I added some minced rhubarb to give them a little more color, and some turbinado sugar for added crunch. The tartness of the rhubarb and the sweetness of the bran are a wonderful combination that makes these Rhubarb Bran Jumbo Muffins so delicious.
2 cups unbleached flour (280 grams)
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (72 grams)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups buttermilk (one pint)
2 large eggs
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup flaxmeal
1-3/4 cups sugar (340 grams)
8 cups Bran Flakes cereal (342 grams)
2 cups rhubarb, diced and divided (228 grams)
2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray two 6-cup jumbo muffin tins, with cooking spray. In a medium bowl whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, pastry flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt); set aside. In an extra large bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients (buttermilk, eggs, oil, flaxmeal, and sugar), until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients; stir until moist, but still lumpy (do not over mix). Add bran flakes; stir until moist, but still lumpy (do not over mix). Gently stir in 1-3/4 cups of the diced rhubarb (do not over mix). Finely mince remaining 1/4 cup of rhubarb; set aside.
Fill muffin tins evenly with muffin mixture (about 2/3rd cup each). Top each with the finely minced rhubarb and the turbinado sugar. Bake at 350ºF for 30 minutes (rotating pan halfway through baking) until muffins are golden and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, or an internal temperature of 210ºF on an instant read thermometer.
After removing muffins from the oven, loosen each muffin from the pan to let the steam out (this will help prevent soggy bottoms). After cooling 5 minutes transfer muffins to a wire rack, cool completely.
Serve and enjoy!