Sometimes you just need something that reminds you of your childhood. Something comforting, and homey, and reliably delicious. These muffins are it for me. My grandma makes them, and I’ve been eating them for as long as I can remember. There used to be a mystique about them too because I could never make them at home since I didn’t have a food processor. Thankfully, with the new found addition in my kitchen repertoire I’m able to recreate these little pieces of my childhood.
The muffins are from a cookbook well used and loved over the years in my family, called I’ve GOT to Have That Recipe by Barbara Doell, Dianne Winsby, and Pat Pollard. My mom received her copy for Christmas in 1986!! They combine some of my favourite things, oranges and dates, in what I think is a really creative way. Who knew you could use an entire orange in a muffin recipe?!
Anyways, you start by mixing your dry ingredients in the food processor by pulsing them a couple of times. Then separately, you work on the other ingredients starting with the sugar and dates. You then add in your whole orange. I cut mine into half and then each half into 8 pieces before it was processed.
Whole Orange Food Processor Muffins
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup pitted dates
Scant 3/4 cup sugar
1 unpeeled orange, cut into chunks and seeded
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 large egg
1/2 cup orange juice
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F, and spray a 12-cup muffin tin with non-stick spray.
Process flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt for about 5 seconds. Transfer to a large bowl.
Process the dates with sugar until the dates are coarsely chopped. Add the orange pieces and pulse until finely chopped.
Add butter, egg, and orange juice and process for 25 seconds to blend well. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon until just blended. Do not over beat. Pour into greased muffin tins and bake for about 15 minutes.