Jessie Keys' Date Bran Muffins

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Author Notes: My husband and his siblings are fond of sharing the many stories about "Aunt Jessie," a close friend of the family. Although Jessie never had children of her own, she doted on those of her friends and family. This very afternoon my sister-in-law related the tale of being 8 years old and hiding in the bedroom closet to dodge Auntie's generous hugs and moist kisses...only to discover her brother was already there, hiding as well!
I had the privilege of meeting Jessie many years ago, and despite our age difference, it was as if we had always been friends. I will always admire her love of life and her gift for making friends, even into her nineties. Her warmth was all the more remarkable given the hardships and losses she had experienced in her life.
Jessie ends her recipe with, "These are light tasty muffins every time." She's right!


Makes 14-18

  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup Corn oil or another neutral oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 cup Oat bran (Jessie specified Quaker 'cooking bran')
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons Wheat germ
  • 1 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1/2-1 cups Pitted dates
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  1. In a large bowl, mix the eggs, salt, sugar, corn oil, and vanilla.
  2. In a second bowl mix the bran, flour, wheat germ, and baking soda.
  3. Prepare the dates. If they are hard, soften them in simmering water and drain well. Cut into bite-size pieces when cool. Add to the flour mixture and toss to coat.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture, alternating with the buttermilk. Blend together being careful not to overmix. The batter will be runny.
  5. Jessie would lightly grease her muffin tin with margarine and then line with paper muffin cups. I used paper liners lightly greased with cooking spray. Fill about 3/4 full; for my tin, this was about 1/4 cup of batter, and I used a ladle to fill the cups. Bake at 425F for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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