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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Pumpkin and Date Muffins

It's too wet and chilly outside to do any gardening chores after days and days of intermittent rain. David suggested that I do some 'playing' to keep me from getting bored. By the way, 'play' for us, means for me to experiment on some recipes using the oven. As I don't know much about baking, I would usually go over recipe books in search of some interesting things to 'play' on. I immensely enjoy it, although admittedly, it's a hit and miss thing for me. Just so thankful that David is so polite (to say I am doing very well considering that I am not used to baking), and is very supportive of my hobby.

This time, he suggested that I bake some pumpkin and dates muffins for our afternoon tea. Let me tell you a story behind these pumpkin and dates muffins.

Last year, he mentioned that he so loved the date scones his late Mum used to bake for them. I wanted to please him so I searched for scone recipes from books and the internet. I came up with lots of different recipes, which confused simple me. I eliminated the more complicated ones and came up with one recipe that I thought was the simplest and easiest to do. It was called "Pumpkin and Prunes Scones". However, we did not have any prunes so I substituted them with dates. Afraid of mishandling the soft dough, I spooned it into muffin tins instead of patting the dough and shaping it. The result? They looked more muffins than scones when baked. My very polite husband said he loved them with a just little butter.

I have made several Pumpkin and Dates Muffins since then upon request. And probably, this time, David is really appreciating them.

Here is how I make them:


2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup cold mashed pumpkin
3 cups four
3 tsp cream of tartar
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4-1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup chopped dates

Beat the butter and sugar. Add the egg and beat well. Add the mashed pumpkin. Sift the flour, cream of tartar, and baking soda and add to the pumpkin mixture. Add the dates. Fold adding sufficient milk to make a slightly softer-than-usual dough. Grease medium muffin trays and spoon the dough into them. Bake at 200 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Serve warm with butter if you like.


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