Orange Date Muffins. A great old fashioned muffin recipe featuring great orange flavour, sweet dates and fragrant five spice powder.
Regular readers of Rock Recipes will have noticed that I have a little love affair going on with five spice powder. You will sometimes find it as Chinese Five Spice.
As the name suggests, it is simply a blend of five different spices. Variations occur but the most common combination is star anise, cloves, Szechuan pepper, cinnamon and ground fennel seeds.
While it is commonly used in Chinese cooking I love to use it in baking, anywhere you would use cinnamon or any blend of baking spices.
I’ve used it in everything from these muffins to a scrumptious Apple Five Spice Tarte Tatin. It gives such a spicy fragrance and flavour to baked goods, you will love it.
Experiment yourself with this amazing spice blend, perhaps in this recipe for my favorite Apple Cinnamon Sticky Buns.
For even more delicious ideas for brunch, we have put them together into one amazing collection of our 25 Best Scone Recipes.
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- 2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp five spice powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp finely minced orange zest
- 1 cup dates, chopped
- 1/2 cup pecans, toasted and chopped (optional)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Stir together The flour, baking powder, baking soda, five spice powder and salt. Set aside.
Beat together the sugar, egg, orange juice, milk, oil vanilla extract and orange zest.
Fold dry ingredients into the wet mixture. When the dry ingredients are almost incorporated, add and fold in the dates and pecans
Spoon batter into greased or paper lined muffin pans and bake for 20- 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack or serve warm from the oven.
Serving Size1 large muffin
Amount Per Serving Calories 233 Total Fat 9g Saturated Fat 1g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 7g Cholesterol 16mg Sodium 296mg Carbohydrates 37g Fiber 2g Sugar 17g Protein 4g
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