Orange Date Muffins: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205
degrees C). Place rack in the middle of the oven. Butter or
spray, with a non stick vegetable spray, 12 muffin tins (or line with paper
In a large mixing bowl,
combine the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon,
and orange zest.
In a separate
bowl, mix together the orange juice, buttermilk, egg, vanilla extract, and
melted and cooled butter.
Add the milk and egg mixture to the flour mixture. Stir just
until combined. Fold in the dates and walnuts. (Do not over mix the batter or the
muffins will be tough when baked.)
Evenly divide the
mixture among the 12 muffins cups.
Place in the oven and bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, or
until very lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out
clean. Place on a wire rack to cool.
Sher, Gail. 'From
a Baker's Kitchen'. Aris Books. Berkeley: 1984.
Orange Date Muffins:
1 cup (130 grams) all-purpose
1 cup (130
grams) whole wheat flour
2/3 cup (140 grams) light brown
2 teaspoons baking
teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
teaspoon ground cinnamon
tablespoon grated orange zest (The outer skin of the orange which
contains the fruit's flavor and perfume.)
(80 ml) fresh orange juice
cup (160 ml) buttermilk
egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon pure
4 tablespoons (57 grams) unsalted
butter, melted and cooled
(90 grams) chopped dates
(60 grams) walnuts, coarsely chopped