Recipe by Leslie in Texas
Luby's, a cafeteria chain here in Texas, serves these yummy muffins. The recipe was originally printed in the food section of the Houston Chronicle.
Top Review by Stylin'Dog
Dates, pecans, and bran muffins are among my favourites, so I had to try these. I would call them Muffin Nirvana. I got 12 muffins (using extra-large cups filled to the top) as well as two mini-loaves. (Well, actually, I got one loaf and a big mess in my oven, but that's my own fault!) For a healthier muffin I followed Epi-Curious' suggestions about flour and spices, replacing the 2 3/4 cups A.P. with a blend of 3/4c whole wheat flour, 1 cup all purpose flour, and 1 cup wheat bran. This combination is used in Apple Date Muffins(#151382) by Clutter Collector. I also added about 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and 1/3 tsp nutmeg. (I will grate whole nutmeg into just about anything - I am hooked on the stuff!) This produced a tender, but sturdy and flavourful muffin that would probably travel very well to work, school, or where ever - this is, if there are any left!
- 1 1⁄2 cups chopped dates
- 3 cups hot water
- 3⁄4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks) or 3⁄4 cup margarine (1 1/2 sticks)
- 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 1 1⁄2 cups water
- 1 cup pecan pieces
- 2 extra large eggs
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 2 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
Directions See How It's Made
- In a medium bowl, combine dates and hot water. Let stand 10 minutes. Drain and discard water.Cover and refrigerate until cold.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line 12 medium muffin cups with paper liners or lightly grease.
- In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until creamy.
- Add water,pecans,eggs,baking soda, vanilla, and salt and mix until well blended.
- Add flour and mix until just moistened.
- Fold in cold dates and spoon into prepared muffin pans.
- Bake 20-25 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Let stand a few minutes before removing from pan.