These were outstanding, best still warm. The entire orange is used, so you get a real full orange flavor. And I love that I could make most of the batter in my vita-mix!
taken from the Big Book of Breakfast by Maryana Vollstedt
1 large whole orange, washed and unpeeled
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup chopped dates
1 large egg
1/2 cup butter, cut up
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 cups sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 400. Cut orange into chunks and remove seeds. Place chunks in a food processor and process until finely ground. Add juice, dates, egg, and butter and process until blended.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Pour orange mixture over dry ingredients and stir until blended. Spoon batter into paper-ilned muffin tins, filling them about three-fourths full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes our clean, 15 to 18 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on a rack for 5 minutes. Serve warm.