Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Today we made Pear Date Carrot Muffins!

2C flour, 3t baking powder, 3T brown sugar, 1 egg, 1T ground ginger, 1 1/4C skim milk, 3T butter, melted, 1 large pear, peeled, cored and chopped into 1/2″ pieces, 1/2C chopped baby carrots in 1/2″ pieces, 1/2C chopped, dried, sugared dates

Preheat oven to 350F. Sift together dry ingredients. Add brown sugar. In separate bowl, mix milk, egg and cooled butter. Blend well.

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Make a well in the dry ingredients and stir in wet until almost blended.

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Stir in pears, dates and carrots.

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Turn into lined, greased or nonstick muffin tin.

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Bake 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Date Honey Brownies

Today we made Date Honey Brownies!

1C chocolate chips, 6T butter, 2 eggs, 1/3C honey, 1t vanilla extract, 1/2C flour, 1/2t baking powder, dash salt, 1C chopped dried dates

Preheat oven to 350F.

Date Honey Brownies

Melt chocolate chips and butter. Stir until smooth. In bowl, stir together eggs, honey and vanilla.

Date Honey Brownies

Date Honey Brownies

Date Honey Brownies

Date Honey Brownies

Add to cooled chocolate mixture.

Date Honey Brownies

Date Honey Brownies

Sift in flour and baking powder.

Date Honey Brownies

Date Honey Brownies

Stir in salt. Fold in dates.

Date Honey Brownies

Turn into greased 8″ square pan.

Date Honey Brownies

Bake 25-30 minutes or until edges come away from sides of pan. Cool before cutting with serrated knife.

Date Honey Brownies

Date Carrot Walnut Chiffon Pie

14 oz sweetened condensed milk, 2 eggs, separated, 10 oz chopped, pitted dates, 1C chopped walnuts, 1T vanilla, 1 t salt, 8 oz baby carrots, chopped into discs, 3T sugar, 2 graham cracker pie shells

MAKES 2 PIES

Preheat oven to 425F. Beat yolks with milk.

Date Carrot Walnut Chiffon Cake

Date Carrot Walnut Chiffon Cake

Date Carrot Walnut Chiffon Cake

Stir in vanilla.

Date Carrot Walnut Chiffon Cake

Date Carrot Walnut Chiffon Cake

Beat egg whites until soft peaks form.

Date Carrot Walnut Chiffon Cake

Beat in sugar until stiff peaks form.

Date Carrot Walnut Chiffon Cake

Fold into batter.

Date Carrot Walnut Chiffon Cake

Fold in remaining ingredients.

Date Carrot Walnut Chiffon Cake

Date Carrot Walnut Chiffon Cake

Date Carrot Walnut Chiffon Cake

Date Carrot Walnut Chiffon Cake

Date Carrot Walnut Chiffon Cake

Turn into shells.

Date Carrot Walnut Chiffon Cake

Bake 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 300F. Bake 20 more minutes or until lightly browned.

Date Carrot Walnut Chiffon Cake

Tropical Fruit Muffins

Today I made Tropical Fruit Muffins!

8oz chopped, dried pineapple, 8oz chopped dates, 1 1/4C rum, 2 eggs, 5 large bananas, mashed, 1/2C butter, 2C flour, 3t baking powder, 2T sugar, 1/4C butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350. Soak chopped pineapple and dates in rum for 2 or more hours in a shallow, plastic-wrap covered glass container. Sift together dry ingredients except for sugar. Make a well in the dry and stir in bananas. Beat sugar with eggs. Melt butter. Add to egg mixture. Add to banana mixture. Drain dried fruit, reserving 1/4 cup rum.
Add both to batter. Stir until just blended. Turn into nonstick or greased or lined muffin tins. Bake 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.

Date Sweet Potato Pie

Today I made Date Sweet Potato Pie!

1 pie shell, 1 medium sweet potato, baked and mashed, 1 1/2C skim milk, 1t vanilla, 2T butter, 1/2t cinnamon, 1/4t nutmeg, 1/2C sugar, 2 whole eggs or 3 egg whites

Preheat oven to 350F. Prick pie shell with fork so the pie won’t explode in the oven. Bake empty shell 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Set aside. Cook dates in milk on medium heat until tiny bubbles appear in milk. Remove from heat. Meanwhile, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs or whites. Blend well. Add milk mixture to mashed sweet potato. Add spices to milk mixture. Stir in butter mixture. Blend well. Turn into pie shell. Bake 40 minutes or until set. Cool before cutting.

Date Cake

Today I made Date Cake!

This recipe is from Sanjeev Kapoor.

2C flour, pinch cinnamon, pinch nutmeg, 1C milk, 1/2C yogurt, 1C powdered sugar, 3/4C butter, melted, 1t vanilla extract, 1/2C dates, 3t baking powder

Preheat oven to 350F or 175C.

Date Cake

Sift dry ingredients. In separate bowl, grind dates with half the milk and yogurt.

Date Cake

Mix with dry ingredients. Add powdered sugar, and mix thoroughly. Mix in melted butter and vanilla extract. Add remaining milk. Pour batter into greased loaf pan.

Date Cake

Bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove and slice when completely cooled.

Date Cake

Lemon Date Bars

Today we made Lemon Date Bars!

This recipe is from the book “Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home”

2C chopped, pitted dates, juice of 1 lemon, 1/2C water, 1/2C butter, 3/4 brown sugar, packed, 1 3/4C unbleached white flour, 1t salt, 1/2t baking soda, sifted, 1C rolled oats

Preheat oven to 350F.

Lemon Date Bars

Cook dates, lemon juice and water on low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and set aside.

Lemon Date Bars

Lemon Date Bars

Lemon Date Bars

Lemon Date Bars

Cream together butter and brown sugar.

Lemon Date Bars

Lemon Date Bars

Stir in dry ingredients except for oats.

Lemon Date Bars

Lemon Date Bars

Lemon Date Bars

Lemon Date Bars

Lemon Date Bars

Add oats and mix well. The dough will be crumbly but will hold together when squeezed. Press 2/3 of the dough into an oiled 8″ or 9″ square baking pan.

Lemon Date Bars

Stir the date mixture and spread it over the dough.

Lemon Date Bars

Lemon Date Bars

Crumble remaining dough on top. Bake 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool in pan. Cut into bars.

Lemon Date Bars