Sunday, January 6, 2008

Orange Date Muffins

On the weekends that my husband is not working, it is our habit to go out in the mornings for a coffee, take the dog for a walk and just spend some time together. Lately, we have discovered a new coffee shop that we have both fallen in love with. It is called My Dog Joe Cafe (located in Westdale on King Street West beside the Westdale Theatre.) The interior is lovingly decorated with local artists work on the walls (for sale), recylced chairs, kitchen tables and an old couch with coffee table facing the large picture window on the street front. The young staff bake all their own muffins, cookies and deserts, using organic ingredients. They serve fair-trade, shade grown coffee and various teas. Light luncheon fare is also on their menu. We love the atmosphere and what we have tried so far (muffins, cookies and coffee) have all been delicious!
After this mornings treat, I was inspired to do some baking of my own. So upon my return home, I put together these Orange / Date Muffins, tweaking an old basic muffin batter recipe (and veganizing it!). Very quick to assemble and quite tasty.

2 cups whole wheat flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 to 3/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup soya milk
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup canola oil
2 flax eggs*
3/4 cup chopped, pitted dates
(*1 egg = 1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp water*)
( let the flax eggs stand a bit to thicken before using)

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.
Whisk together the wet ingredients.
Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until moistened.
Add dates and stir into mixture.

Prepare muffin tin (or use cupcake liners).
Bake at 375 deg F for 15 to 20 minutes.
Recipe makes 12 medium sized muffins.

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Anonymous said...

Is this place now called "Coffee House"? I thought it used to be a breakfast bar before.

Compassionate Consumption said...

Good morning,
Yes My Dog Joe's is exactly where the cereal bar used to be. Apparently it looks pretty much the same - maybe the new owners purchased it lock, stock and barrel! I try to get there once a week and it is always doing well - usually an ecclectic bunch of people in there.