Rhubarb and White Chocolate Custard Muffins

Pink rhubarb and white chocolate muffin

These brighten up the gloomiest December afternoon! And they are very quick to make after all those complicated Christmas recipes.

The other day Lloyds the Greengrocers had pale pink rhubarb on sale and I bought a little to make an oat and nut crumble. Then my thoughts turned to muffins – surely I could spare 100 g for a batch of muffins?

The recipe is in  Diana Bonaparte’s Mad about Muffins, I used a little less butter, a bit more custard, the addition of white chocolate and shock horror – ready made Alpro soya custard. 

Once made and they don’t take long, put the kettle on and have a nice cup of tea with a warm muffin. Try and wait just a little as the chocolate can burn your mouth.  A litle tartness from the rhubarb, sweet vanilla hit of the custard and the unique taste of good quality, white chocolate.  I was so surprised as I never eat white and pink cakes if I can help it… Of course if you hate rhubarb,  experiment with another fruit, I thought pineapple might be a good one to try too.

Can you resist?

20 thoughts on “Rhubarb and White Chocolate Custard Muffins

  1. C

    I don’t think I can resist and I don’t think I want to either! These look really delicious Joanna – I like the idea of using the custard in them too. I guess the tart rhubarb contrasts nicely with the sweet white chocolate.

    Thank goodness for rhubarb at this gloomy time of the year – a bit of colour is always welcome!

  2. timethief

    These sure look good. However, I have used up all my rhubarb and will have to wait until spring to try the recipe. :) Happy holidays!

  3. jan trounce

    Ah – yesterday I resolved to be sensible with food and eat less – but then I heard a chocolate knocking at the fridge door begging to be let out and then I wandered in here and saw these – alas I am undone. Our weather is not as cold as yours but it is grey, windy and very wet and gloomy – perfect weather to wear an icing sugar mo!

  4. Suelle

    These sound really tasty – an unusual flavour combination at first glance but white chocolate is primarily vanilla flavoured, which works well with rhubarb. I’ve only ever made muffins really successfully using Dan Lepard’s Chocolate Custard recipe, so I must try this one – it would be nice to crack non-chocolate muffins too.

  5. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

    I hope you like them if you try them Suelle :) For more rhubarb flavour you can increase the quantity, I only put a relatively small amount in. I think that’s why the large hand kept coming back for more, he said he was looking for the rhubarb…. I will go and hunt out Dan’s recipe too – thanks for the tip Suelle!

  6. drfugawe

    Wow! That’s choice early spring rhubarb – and beautiful too. Is it already spring there? No. Where is this coming from?

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      Holland I think – a polytunnel – we get lots of salad vegetables from there at this time of year. But the birds think it is spring today, the winter freeze has let up for a day of mild mistiness – 8 degrees plus – bliss!

      Edited to say:

      Having said that there should be some Yorkshire forced rhubarb around any day now http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhubarb_Triangle – the best rhubarb I’ve ever had…. and there is a great photo here of the rhubarb growing in the dark. I have also learnt that it has got ‘protected status’ now!

  7. heidiannie

    These look great! I’m in the mood for the splendid flavor of rhubarb- I’m going to look in the market for some and try these. Thanks, Joanna!

  8. cityhippyfarmgirl

    Oh Joanna, yum! They look light, delicious and a whole lot of tasty. As I’m not in my usual kitchen at the moment, I have cast aside my bakers hat and not lifting a little finger. So I might have to show someone else this recipe so they can make it for me.
    I think they would go down a treat with a little coffee right now :-)

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      Hee hee I gave him indoors some chocolate chili mix for Christmas and some red cups and a chocolate cafetiere thingy.. he hasn’t tried it yet. Thanks for visiting me back :)

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