Date and Orange Muffins

    1 hour 10 min

    This super recipe calls for a whole orange, peel and all. The dates lend natural sweetness and flavour that is utterly delicious, and cloves and ginger add just a hint of spice.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 1 thin skinned orange, cut into eighths and seeded
    • 1 egg
    • 110g buttermilk
    • 75g chopped pitted dates
    • 110g butter
    • 225g plain flour
    • 150g caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:35min  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

    1. Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6. Grease muffin tin or line with paper muffin cases.
    2. Place orange pieces into the blender with the egg, buttermilk, dates and butter. Blend thoroughly until mixture is thick, fairly smooth with flecks. Pour out into a large mixing bowl.
    3. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, sugar, bicarb, baking powder, salt, cloves and ginger. Stir flour mixture into the orange mixture and stir or fold gently with a wooden spoon or spatula only until dry ingredients have combined. Don't worry about any lumps that may be present. Fill muffin tin to just under rims with batter.
    4. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, until a skewer inserted into centre of muffin comes out clean. Let stand in tin for five minutes, then remove to wire racks for cooling.

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    These were about the lightest muffins I've ever eaten. They also smelled amazing and were so simple. I used normal milk instead of buttermilk. The family were very appreciative  -  06 Aug 2015


    Very good. I used only 1/2 cup of sugar, and reduced the cloves to 1/4 tsp and the ginger to 1/2 tsp. They were plenty sweet and browned well with the reduced sugar. Next time I may reduce the ginger a little more.  -  01 Feb 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    These are incredible! I used melted butter or oil instead of solid butter... otherwise I found the batter wasn't moist enough to mix. These smell wonderful in the oven and taste just as good.  -  28 Jun 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)