I’m committed to the process of muffin-making. I really am! But last week’s Date Sonja fiasco derailed me a little bit. The muffins took bloody ages, and yesterday I threw ten of them away, covered in mould, a dismal failure.
Turns out there is a kind of muffin my family won’t eat. Bran with stewed dates? That was it.
Because of the disheartening feeling I got from chucking out the muffins, I haven’t actually baked this week’s recipe as of yet. However, it’s only 8:30AM, and with any luck I’ll get to them later today. In the meantime, I know there are some of you who start your week with muffins, so here’s the recipe. It still has dates, but it looks a lot easier to put together.
If you’re doing this as a project with kids, rehydrate the dates ahead of time, as they need to be completely cooled before you can use them.
Combine in large bowl and cover with 1 cup of boiling water:
1 cup chopped dates
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup margarine or shortening
In small bowl, beat well
Add to egg and mix well
1 small cup brown sugar (Note: I take this to mean that you don’t pack the sugar or worry about a level measure)
Add the egg & sugar to the cooled date mixture and stir until blended.
To this add & stir to moisten
1 cup bran
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup all-purpose flour
Bake at 375F for 15 – 20 minutes.
Looks pretty simple, although chopping dates is a damn pain in the neck. Makes me wish I had a Slap-Chop.
I’m so convinced that the result is going to be just as unappetizing as last week’s that I’m kind of hesitant to even make the effort. I will! But I am very skeptical.
I daresay if you were constipated, these would be a boon, however.
Honey Cornmeal! I’m excited to try these. You’ll need buttermilk or soured milk, honey, cornmeal, and raisins (I’m using dried cranberries because YUCK RAISINS).