Back in the period when baking was done in hearth ovens, it would take a long time to bake a cake, and the final product would often be burned. In the UK, muffin tins, also called gem pans, were named after The Gem Company which made them popular around the turn of the 20th century.
Move over strawberries, blueberries make a great match for rhubarb.
Healthy Rhubarb Blueberry Gems (muffins)
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 cups medium or large flake oats
- 1/2 cup sugar (or sugar substitute)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 cup buttermilk (milk with 1 tbsp. lemon juice added)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cup diced rhubarb (thin stalks if you have them)
- 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 cup of nuts if you so desire
- Preheat oven to 350F, and prepare 12 muffin pans by lightly greasing with oil or nonfat spray. Non fat muffins stick to paper liners so they are not a good choice for these types of muffins.
- Mix flour, oats, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the middle.
- In another bowl, mix together the egg, buttermilk, and applesauce. Pour into dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Stir in fruit.
- Use an ice cream scoop to measure into the muffin tins and bake for 25 – 30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.