Sin-A-Mon Tales

A chronicle of my kitchen experiments, a little healthy a little indulgent

Muffin Mondays | Orange Date Muffins

Sometime back I saw lovely Anita doing a post on Muffin Mondays. Now if there is anything I like baking after the yeasted breads its the muffins, so I checked with her about it and soon got a mail from Anuradha of Bakers Street on the details. And the recipe that was selected was my favourite too… orange date muffins.. anything which has zest gotta be good, I did a happy gig and as usual forgot about it till yesterday evening. when I exchanged a couple of messages with her and promised to send her the pictures latest by today noon. Got up baked them early morning and sent her a picture around 10 am and forgot to post it on my blog (I must be getting old to forget so much right?) Anyways thankfully I didnt forget any of the ingredients and the muffins turned out yummm


Ojas had these in breakfast along with some milk and loved them so much that he has taken them to school too, and as these are whole wheat and with so less butter and sugar I eat one just now with my the evening tea too, guiltless indulgence

This is the recipe as sent by Anuradha

Orange Date Muffins: 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 1/2 cup light brown sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 teaspoon grated orange rind  1/3 cup fresh orange juice 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled 2/3 cup buttermilk 1 egg 2/3 cup chopped dates 2/3 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped 2 tablespoons sugar (optional) 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

Instructions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a 12 hole muffin tin with liners or grease and set aside.  In a large bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a measuring jar or medium bowl, beat together the orange juice, buttermilk, egg and melted butter. Add egg mixture to the flour mixture. Stir just until combined. Fold in the orange rind,  dates and walnuts. Evenly divide the mixture among the 12 muffins cups.  If you desire a topping then mix the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle it on the top. Place in the oven and bake for about 15 to20 minutes, or until very lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Place on a wire rack to cool. Makes 12 regular-sized muffins. Source:  From a Baker’s Kitchen: Techniques and Recipes for Professional Quality Baking in the Home Kitchen


I did a couple of changes to the recipe though, one I made half the original recipe, so it gave me just 6 muffins, the second change I made was to replace brown sugar with honey, I didn’t have any brown sugar at home and instead of just going ahead and using plain white sugar I used about 1/4 cup of honey and as I was adding a liquid ingredient in place of sugar I used only 2tbsp of butter instead of what was mentioned in the recipe. Also I didnt put any walnuts in it as I had dates stuffed with nuts which I used for making these.

What a delight these were, N has already asked me why I didnt make more Winking smile 


To see the rest of the Muffins this Monday go here

24 comments on “Muffin Mondays | Orange Date Muffins

  1. Radhika
    October 17, 2011

    You are right Mon. My God it must be very flavor some. Bookmarking it dear.

  2. Baker Street
    October 17, 2011

    Hey! Glad you could bake with us for muffin monday! Your muffins look great. Honey is an excellent substitute! 🙂

  3. Shweta (@shwetamz)
    October 17, 2011

    Yummm Yumm Yummmmmm.. My Mouth is watering already .. Everyone’s pulls of a food blog.. time for me to try something.. Diwali is coming.. shall try it out with Mom.. not that great when it comes to cooking food.. pampered child ;P

  4. Bikram
    October 17, 2011

    yumm yumm yumm yummy 🙂

  5. Stay-At-Home-Chef
    October 17, 2011

    Dates stuffed with nuts? GREAT idea…must have turned out really well. Happy Muffin Monday 🙂

  6. Stay-At-Home-Chef
    October 17, 2011

    P.S. Oh and I’ve totally sent An the photo and forgot to post on my blog…you are not alone 🙂

  7. Hi Monica! Welcome to Muffin Monday!

    Love the photo with that tall glass of milk. They look delicious!

  8. elena @3greenonions
    October 17, 2011

    Welcome to Muffin Monday! great baking along with you!

  9. carolineadobo
    October 18, 2011

    Welcome to Muffin Monday! So glad you liked these, I loved them, too!

  10. Anita Menon
    October 18, 2011

    A ha! What good fun! It will be amazing baking with you every Monday. Thanks so much for the kind mention Monika. The muffins look their scrummy best!

  11. They look super moist! I like your plates too 🙂

    • monikamanchanda
      October 20, 2011

      thanks bianca and yeah thanks I had a set of 6 only 2 are left now 😦

  12. Aathira
    May 18, 2012

    Just tried it out… and has come out very nice !

  13. Surya
    July 30, 2012

    Monika ur my inspiration to bake! i have fallen in love wit cupcakes… 🙂 getting my otg soon! 😉

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