Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Orange Date Muffins

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.

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