Muffin Monday: Orange Date Muffins

This week’s muffin hails from a recipe by Gail Sher, which can be found in her cookbook From a Baker’s Kitchen. It is a simple, straightforward recipe that is bound to delight bakers and eaters alike. Quick? Easy? Tasty? That’s how we like to start our mornings around these parts.

While I did make these muffins gluten-free, I have to be honest and say this was the first week that I missed using wheat flour. A lot. The reason could be that I’ve made a similar version of this recipe in the past using all-purpose flour, and for some reason my gluten-free results just weren’t the same. Something was missing. I used a combination of brown rice flour (150g), coconut flour (100g), cornstarch (60g) and xantham gum (1 tsp). Looking back I should have maybe skipped the coconut flour and used almond or oat flour instead, as I think the combination and flavour of the coconut – although subtle – was just too strange for this recipe. Oh well. You win some, you lose some.

I liked how the muffins weren’t overly sweet. The combination of sugary, chewy dates with the bright citrus from the orange went well together. The buttermilk added a complimentary tang and kept the muffins nice and moist. I enjoyed the crunch of nuts, although I did end up using pecans instead of walnuts and felt that their more mellow flavour paired nicely with the rest of the ingredients. And while I skipped the cinnamon sugar topping, I did make a cream cheese spread (combination of chai spices, maple syrup and cream cheese). Aimée White from Food: Je T’Aimée – I know you are laughing right now as we recently agreed how cream cheese tastes bests on practically everything!   

Along with the 1/3 cup orange juice called for in the recipe, I took a whole orange and processed it – pulp, peel and flesh – and added it to the batter. This is something I learned to do from a Gale Gand recipe and I highly recommend doing the same. It heightens the burst of citrus flavour, and rather than becoming bitter the peel actually ends up tasting like candied orange peel. Delicious.

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