Orange Date Muffins


Such an easy recipe found on the internet, turned out to be one of the most delicious moist muffins of all time.
I mean it.

I received a beautiful box of winter citrus from Limoneira in California, Cara Cara and blood oranges, and needed a recipe.

I found this simple breakfast muffin and it will now be my go to winter muffin.

You whiz everything in the food processor, orange peels, pith, the whole fruit, and add in the melted butter and egg, then pour the wet into the dry, and you have the batter.

It doesn't look like spring is coming anytime soon, so if you can find some good winter citrus, then make these muffins!

Orange Date Muffins: (adapated from this recipe)

1 large Cara Cara orange, washed and cut into quarters (leave skin on)
1/2 cup orange juice (I used blood orange juice)
1 egg
100g/4oz butter, melted, plus a little extra to grease the muffin tin
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup pitted dates, chopped

Cut the orange into quarters and place in food processor (with the skin on!).
Pulse a few times. Add in the melted butter, orange juice and egg and pulse again until all ingredients are combined.

In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix together, adding the chopped dates in last.

If you are using a regular size muffin tin w/ liners, then you should get 12 muffins.....but you know I always use fancy jumbo liners, so I got 8 larger muffins.

Bake at 375F for 22-25 minutes until muffins are set.
Let rest in the tin a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Great warm or the next a.m. for breakfast with coffee.



Pamela Pack said…
OMG! I have been making this muffin for 35 years! Found it in a little welcome booklet when I moved to Canada. It is the best, most moist muffin I have had. I wish I knew the real origins. This has always been on my Christmas morning menu and many other occasions. Wish I could send a picture of my torn, stained little recipe. Loved how you used the blood oranges. You will enjoy these many times. Thanks for sharing!
Stacey Snacks said…
It's actually from an old recipe (about 35 years ago!) in a Grandma's Muffin Book from New Zealand!
How funny.

I love them.....I will make them all the time now.

Stacey Snacks said…

Here is the link to the cookbook.......
Bebe said…
Just bought a big bag of juicy Cara Cara oranges at Costco a couple of days ago ($6.99 for about a dozen big oranges) and was wondering when the two of us would eat up my bargain. Thank you, Stacey...
Robin said…
I don't have any dates but I have prunes, dried apricots, and raisins. Which do you think would be the best substitute for dates?
Stacey Snacks said…

I think prunes would work best.......

Unknown said…
Stacey, Thanks for the link!. Been reading your blog since about 2009. Enjoy every day. Not one to comment online muc, but the muffins got me.. Dont stop blogging!
Claire said…
Good solid recipe thanks. I had a few sad oranges to use up and this was perfect. My daughter loves taking them for her recess.