Every afternoon between 3:00 and 4:00 I start craving a cup of tea. Strong Irish breakfast tea from Trader Joes (awesome, trust me) with a bit of milk and honey – not too sweet, just right. Mmmm, it’s so comforting that I usually have it all year round – much to my daughter’s dismay. She cannot believe that I would drink something hot when it’s hot outside (though when it gets really hot, like 95 degrees, I do switch to iced tea – I’m not completely wacko).
And when I have that cup of tea, my new favorite accompaniment is one of these lightly glazed orange rhubarb muffins (well, half a muffin along with a few nuts for protein, just like I wrote here about weight loss and maintenance). They are so moist, with a crumbly top and orange-infused glaze, which makes them perfect with my cup of tea.
Of course, I have to admit that they are perfect with a cup of coffee in the morning, too. In this case it’s okay to be wishy-washy, I think.
I’ve actually been making these muffins for years, every time our rhubarb is ready for harvesting. I’m not sure why I haven’t put them up on the blog before now and it’s one of the reasons I had to declare a ‘rhubarb week’ around here so that I could make up for lost time.
Rhubarb week includes: this recipe, the amazing Honey Lemon Rhubarb Butter, a fantastic Rhubarb Honey Crumb bar recipe, and an Ultimate Rhubarb Guide where you’ll be able to find growing info about rhubarb, preserving ideas, and a whole list of recipes. I’m definitely making up for lost time, aren’t I?
Orange Rhubarb Muffins
But right now, I want you to make a batch of these tender rhubarb muffins, brew a cup of tea and see what I mean. You may just have a new favorite, too, at least during rhubarb season! Oh, they do freeze wonderfully, so you could stretch that season a bit longer.