Prep 25 mins
Cook 25 mins
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.
- 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
- 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.
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!
These are wonderful muffins, but I substitute a mix of wheat flour, bran, and oatmeal for the white flour. Also add some cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, or ginger for a really spicy muffin. You can substitute a mix of nuts for the pecans, but I found pecans to be the "hands down" tastiest choice!
Love this recipe! I've been looking for this Luby's recipe for years and am so happy I found it. As a child, I could never figure out what exactly these muffins were made out of... it was DATES!! Modifications to recipe: Used half white and half dark brown sugar. Also added a touch of cinnamon.