180g (1 cup) pitted dates, chopped
Zest of 1 orange
65ml orange juice
95g (1/2 cup) soft brown sugar
125ml (1/2 cup) light-flavoured oil, such as sunflower
125g (1/2 cup) yoghurt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
150g (2 cups) unprocessed bran
120g (3/4 cup) plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 180C and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.
Put the dates and 185ml (3/4 cup) boiling water in a bowl and leave to soak for a few minutes.
Meanwhile, put the orange zest and juice, sugar, oil, yoghurt, eggs, bran, flour, baking powder and cinnamon in another bowl. Add the dates and their soaking water and mix well together.
Spoon into the muffin cases and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean when poked into the middle. Cool on a wire rack.
Recipe from Bill Granger’s Bill’s Basics, Harper Collins, RRP $49.95, 2010