Maple-Date-Bacon Muffins

Maple-Date-Bacon Muffins

Update: I changed the title, after realizing that these muffins no longer contained oatmeal.

These muffins are the third draft of a recipe I developed to serve at Social Media Breakfast Ottawa (#smbottawa on Twitter). (Draft 2 of the recipe was served there; draft 3 is nearing final draft status.) It was a flavour combination that recently got stuck in my head, thanks largely to all I’d been hearing about Marysol’s bacon-date brioche, which I have yet to try. I find these to be a great breakfast muffin – they’re hearty, and have a good balance between salty and sweet.

Maple, Date and Praline Bacon Muffins

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Red Fife flour, freshly milled if possible

1 cup rye flakes

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

1 cup all purpose flour

1/2 tbsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

generous pinch of cinnamon

4 tablespoons canola oil

2 eggs

8 tbsp maple syrup

3/4 cup chopped pitted honey dates

2/3 cup crumbled pralined bacon (slightly burned bits are okay here. They amplify the smokiness of the bacon.)

Method:

Preheat oven to 375º F and line a muffin tin with paper liners.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the rye flakes and Red Fife flour and toast until fragrant and lightly coloured, anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, mix together the rye flakes, Red Fife flour, and buttermilk until completely combined. Let this mixture sit while you prepare the rest of the recipe. This will soften the hard grains, resulting in a lighter, fluffier muffin.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Whisk to combine.

In another bowl or large measuring cup, combine oil, eggs, and maple syrup. Stir this mixture and the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture until just combined. Stir in the chopped dates. Fill muffin cups 1/3 full. Scatter bacon evenly into muffin cups, reserving some to garnish muffins. Fill muffin cups with remaining batter and garnish with bacon.

Bake muffins until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean, about 18 – 20 minutes.

Makes 12 muffins.