Tuesday, March 15, 2011

TWD Sunshine Citrus Muffins--with Dates


The first recipe I made from Dories cookbook was Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins. When I rubbed sugar and citrus zest together it was a life changing experience!
So if a recipe starts with rubbing sugar and zest together I know it will be a winner. And it was. What a perfect recipe to bring some sunshine in my kitchen. I think this recipe was a taste of Spring. It contained orange zest, orange juice, lemon juice and lemon extract. I used dates instead of currants--delicious.
This is a recipe you will want to make often; next time I think I will make mini muffins. Whatever size they are excellent. Check Lauryn's blog Bella Baker for the complete recipe.

17 comments:

Kayte said...

Those lemon/orange/lime/grapefruit sugar-rubbing recipes are my favorites, too! Just such a fun thing to do and the aroma is magical. Your muffins look perfect...this on the repeat list (regular) here!

Tia said...

you're right. whatever size they are they are yummy. Including the loaf I made!
Buttercreambarbie

Spike said...

The dates sound great! citrus is always so nice with them

steph- whisk/spoon said...

what a good idea to use dates. they are my hub's favorite dried fruit, so i should try that sometime.

Peggy said...

I just loved rubbing that citrus with the sugar, didn't you? It did smell sooooo good. Your muffins are lovely.

Nicole said...

Hmm, I have a load of dates in the fridge, so maybe I will make these again! They were so good.

Lauryn said...

I love that technique too of rubbing the zest into the sugar! Thanks for baking with me! Your muffins look great!

Amber Marie said...

I love zest + sugar too! It's such a lovely smell and just promises to be good!

Joy said...

I agree with the zest and sugar - my favorites! Your cake plate is beautiful, too!

jillbert said...

These were a winner! I licked my fingers after rubbing together the sugar and zest - delicious!

Clivia said...

Dates have a lovely rich flavour that would be perfect with citrus. Great addition!

mike509 said...

What a beautiful photograph - you really captured the essence of these.... and dates. A great addition!!

Valerie said...

I love rubbing zest and sugar together too!
Your muffins are beautiful, good idea to use dates instead of currants.

momgateway said...

amazingly delicious muffins ...

Lynne said...

I feel the same way-any citrus rubbed sugar mixture has to be divine. The dates sound great!

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

I love citrus at the moment, so this recipe is a great addition to my folder. Thanks

Mimi said...

These muffins had great flavor, but needed some fruit for texture. I like the idea of using dates.
Mimi