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I usually bake muffins packed with whole grains and flour, seeds, nuts, fresh fruit, and in the smaller version pans, so I can eat more. This time I threw healthy out the window and settled for all-purpose flour and lots of sugar.

So I wanted to bake muffins with substance, but do you think I could find one of those six-muffin tin pans. I was told maybe in specialty stores. It must be due to the cupcake revolution as I have not recalled giant cupcakes on the market – yet.

Rhubarb and cherry streusel muffins

I must admit that I added fresh rhubarb and cherries, plus pecans to these muffins, but I’m not sure if they counterbalanced all those other wickedly non-nutritious ingredients.

Rhubarb

I chopped thin stemmed rhubarb.

Sweetheart cherries

These are coarsely chopped sweetheart cherries. They’re firmer and a bit tarter so good for baking.

Rhubarb and cherry streusel muffins

Rhubarb and Cherry Streusel Muffins
 
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup firmly packed golden sugar
 
1/3 cup Canola oil
1 small container low fat plain yogurt (170 grams)
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup skim milk
1 large egg
1 tsp orange extract
3 tbsp orange zest ( 1 large orange)
 
1 cup chopped thin rhubarb
2/3 cup coarsely chopped cherries
 
Mix dry ingredients and make a well. Add into well the blended mixture of liquid ingredients and chopped rhubarb and cherries. Mix ingredients until moist and spoon into muffin tin. Sprinkle with streusel topping. Makes 6 gigantic muffins or 12 smaller ones if you prefer.
 
Bake 350 for 35 minutes

I’m always on overflow mode with muffins. Remember, they’re not cupcakes so they do bake differently.

Pecans

Chopped pecans for streusel topping

Streusel Topping
 
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed golden sugar
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup softened unsalted butter
 
Mix ingredients together and sprinkle about 1 to 2 tablespoons on uncooked muffins. You’ll have leftovers.
 
Hint:  Use as a topping on baked sweet potatoes, pancakes, French toast, or even pan fried hash-browns. Topping can also be frozen.
 

Rhubarb and cherry streusel muffins Rhubarb and cherry streusel muffins

Fresh from the oven

Rhubarb and cherry streusel muffins

Rhubarb and cherry streusel muffins

Now that’s a muffin! I’m sure you and friends will enjoy.

Rhubarb bought at Wally’s Urban Market Garden and cherries bought from the Okanagan fruit truck at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market.