About this recipe: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.
1 thin skinned orange, cut into eighths and seeded
75g chopped pitted dates
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
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Method Prep:15min › Cook:20min › Extra time:35min › Ready in:1hr10min
Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6. Grease muffin tin or line with paper muffin cases.
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.
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.
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.