Today I baked first thing in the morning, which proved to be a smart decision; as the day progressed I started feeling more and more unwell, and suddenly while I was making supper my 13 month old wandered into the kitchen, asked to be picked up, and promptly vomited all over his father, the floor, the dishwasher, and the fridge.
Two of us are now sick and I suspect the other two kids might be brewing something. My middle son is moodier than usual and my eldest has been yawning since dinnertime.
At least tomorrow if we’re convalescing we’ll have nice, non-contentious muffins to eat.
Simmer over medium heat until thick (this is your date filling)
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup water
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. lemon juice
Beat in large bowl until smooth
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. melted shortening
1 cup date filling
Add and stir to blend
1 1/2 cups bran
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
Add and stir until well-blended
1 cup sour milk or buttermilk
Fill muffin cups 3/4 full and let stand for three minutes.
Bake at 375F for 20 minutes. Makes 12 large muffins.
This was by far the most complicated recipe yet. Chop the dates. Make the date filling. Sour the milk. Melt the shortening. It just seemed like an almighty fuss and bother for muffins, which are meant to be easy.
By the time I was done I had dirtied a lot of dishes, and the batter was runny and unappetizing. Also – did I mention – I hate dates?
The kids, however, asked to taste the dates and then promptly ate a couple handfuls each. Weirdos.
I was terribly afraid that a solid half-hour of effort was going to result in nasty, date-tasting muffins.
You can’t even taste the dates, nor do you find pieces of them in the muffins. What you end up with is just a plain bran muffin – one with extra fibre, certainly, but a bran muffin just the same. Dorothy has given us easier bran muffins already, and so I very much doubt I will make this one again. It’s just not good enough to make it worth the extra effort.
Another date & bran muffin, although with a much easier method and fewer ingredients.