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Big Buttermilk Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

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These jumbo buttermilk muffins are loaded with fresh strawberries and rhubarb, and baked with a brown sugar crumble topping.

Oversized strawberry rhubarb muffins in bakery parchment paper.

These big, moist strawberry rhubard muffins are topped with fresh strawberries, rhubarb and a brown sugar crumble. It’s one of the our favorite strawberry recipes when the season comes around.

Muffins vs. cakes

These jumbo beauties might remind you of a good coffee cake, with their crumbly streusel topping and a buttery, tender texture inside.

But we don’t really believe that muffins are actually a form of cake, do we? Otherwise we wouldn’t feel so free to indulge in them first thing in the morning!

Oversized strawberry rhubarb muffins on a cooling rack.

The great American muffin is actually a traditional quick bread, with a batter leavened with baking powder rather than yeast.

They’re so easy to make and seem to make everyone happy, especially when they’re large and overstuffed with good-for-you ingredients like fresh fruit.

Adding buttermilk to the batter gives the muffins a light, moist texture and since muffins generally have less sugar than cake. You can feel comfortable enjoying them as an all-day, anytime snack.

Oversized strawberry rhubarb muffins in bakery parchment paper.

What makes these strawberry rhubarb buttermilk muffins so impressive is their generous size. Since they’re baked in a jumbo muffin tin, they are very shareable.

Oversized strawberry rhubarb muffins in bakery parchment paper.

The batter plus the toppings fill up the muffin cups, so I like to bake these muffins in tulip-shaped parchment paper cups to ensure they keep their shape better (plus they look pretty).

It’s very easy to make your own bakery-style liners out of parchment paper — cut 6-inch squares of paper to fit a jumbo pan, or 5-inch squares to fit a standard muffin pan (here’s a step-by-step video showing how to do it),

Don’t worry if all you have are regular cupcake liners or even no liners at all — just be sure to oil your muffin pan thoroughly, including the top of the pan.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Buttermilk Muffins with Brown Sugar Streusel

Karen Tedesco
The best strawberry rhubarb muffins! A foolproof recipe that makes oversized brown sugar streusel-topped tender muffins loaded with fruit.
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4.67 from 63 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine Baking
Servings 6 muffins

Ingredients

Streusel Crumble:

  • 5 tablespoons (75 g) unsalted butter, melted
  • ¾ cup (100 g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (110 g) light brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt

Muffins:

  • 8 ounces (225 g) strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • 2 stalks rhubarb, 6 – 8 ounces, diced
  • ¼ cup (32 g) cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 cups (240 g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Grated zest from 1 orange or lemon
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup (250 ml) buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees (200C) with a rack positioned in the middle. Oil a 6-cup muffin tin and fill with muffin liners or tulip-shaped parchment liners.

Crumble topping:

  • Place the ingredients for the streusel in a bowl and mix until it forms large, moist crumbs. Set aside.

Muffins

  • Put the strawberries, rhubarb, cornstarch, brown sugar and lemon juice in a bowl and gently stir to combine. Set aside while you mix the rest of the batter.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and grated zest. Make a well in the center and stir in the egg, oil, butter, buttermilk and vanilla. Mix until the batter just comes together and the flour is incorporated.
  • Divide the batter evenly into the muffin cups. Spoon the strawberry mixture evenly over the batter (about ½ cup for each one), then top with the streusel crumbs (2 tablespoons or so per cup)
  • Bake 22-27 minutes, until the muffins are golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffins comes out with a few moist crumbs.

Karen’s Notes and Tips

  • The recipe makes 6 jumbo “Texas” style muffins or 12 standard-size muffins.
  • The muffins keep well for a few days, wrapped or stored in a covered container.

Nutrition

Calories: 633kcal | Carbohydrates: 93g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 607mg | Potassium: 269mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 536IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 142mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition facts are calculated by third-party software. If you have specific dietary needs, please refer to your favorite calculator.

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8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Hey there Karen!
    I was looking for an awesome Strawberry Rhubarb recipe to take to work and this one fits the bill! I love that your instructions are thorough, but simple and give just the right amount of tips to make it turn out great! I LOVE making jumbo muffins!!!❤️ I plan to use sunflower oil instead of canola oil and can’t wait to harvest a few stalks of my rhubarb plant for the first time this year! I will happily double this recipe and share pics, as well as a review of the final result! This will be so much quicker and easier than a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie! Thank you for sharing! ✌️❤️🧁

  2. 5 stars
    Absolutely outstanding! Studied the recipe. Weighed and gathered ingredients in mise en place. Paid careful attention and followed every step of the directions to the letter. This recipe produces the PERFECT strawberry rhubarb muffin. It’s more than a muffin. It’s nearly a life-changing experience.

  3. 5 stars
    Great recipe. Used whole wheat flour and decreased sugar by 20%. Added rolled oats to streusal.

  4. Batter went together great —-can hardly wait to taste!

  5. Christine says:

    5 stars
    This is an elegant muffin. I appreciated your clear instructions and the video on the parchment liners. Altitude adjustments of slightly more egg/buttermilk and slightly less sugar/leavening/heat worked for me at 5,000 ft. Thank you!

    1. So glad you liked them Christine! Thanks for sharing the tip for altitude baking, too 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    YUM! These muffins look and sound so comforting and perfect as a sweet breakfast – simply yummy!