December 5, 2007

Date and Walnut Muffins

I had some dates leftover from making date-filled rolls and was wondering how to use them up. I was reminded of a wonderful date and walnut cake we used to buy around Christmas every year when we were in Goa. There is a shop called “Mr. Baker” in the middle of Panjim, which is run by two dear ladies and their date and walnut cake is beyond compare (I have made my own version of this which is quite nice but nowhere near theirs). That will keep for another post.
Coming back to the topic at hand, I decided to use the dates in some muffins and the recipe follows.
I still have not managed to finish those dates, so you will probably see some other date recipe in the future!!

1 cup all purpose flour
¾ cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup wheat germ
¾ cup light brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ cup dates, deseeded
½ cup walnuts
1 cup milk
1 egg (optional, I made these muffins without egg)
3 tbsp oil
1tsp vanilla essence

Chop the the dates and walnuts into smaller pieces. I pulsed them, separately, in my blender. The walnuts will need to be pulsed just once while the dates would need a little more.
Set the oven to 200C.
Put all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Put all the wet ingredients in another bowl and mix well. Now pour the wet ingredients into the dry ones and fold so that everything is just mixed. If the batter is a bit lumpy, that’s okay. If the batter is over-mixed, the muffins will not be soft and springy in texture. Spoon the batter into greased muffin cups/ pan about 2/3 full. Bake for about 15 to 2o minutes.
Cool slightly, remove to a rack. This recipe makes 12 muffins. I made 10 as my muffin cups are slightly on the larger side.
These muffins are very easy to make and do not require very much time. They are also healthy, quite filling and nice to eat at any time of the day.
I am sending this across to the Heart Of The Matter for HotM 10 – Quick and Easy.


easycrafts said...

Nice way to use up leftover dates...hope u had a great time with the muffins

KALVA said...

Cool. you made these without egg..!

Happy cook said...

Wonderful muffins and healthy one too

Ilva said...

Thank you so much for this lovely entry!

remya said...

healthy a days i'm getting addicited to muffins...i make them almost evey weekend..

aparna said...

Yes, muffins are easy to put together and satisfying to eat.

Red Chillies said...

Wow Aparna, looks yummy. What is a wheat germ? Can I find it in the regular grocery itself?

Vcuisine said...

Nice Muffins Aparna. They are wholesome. Viji

aparna said...

Thanks, Viji.
Red chillies, wheat germ is the germinating part of the wheat kernel. This is rich in vitamins, especially folate, and essential fatty acids. Wheat germ and bran are usually removed when refining flour, and adding it to foods while baking increases nutritive value and taste.
I buy wheat germ and bran from my regular supermarket. It should be stored in the fridge.

bee said...

i'd love to try these. thanks for the recipe.

Sumi said...

hi Aparna,

baked these last weekend, and it came out beautifully.Thanks for the recipe

Aparna said...

Thans for trying them out, Sumi. I'm always happy to hear my recipe worked for someone.