Dates, Strawberries and Apricots

Yummmmmmmmm!!! That is the smell lingering around the house at the moment. I have been baking last night abd this afternoon and gosh it is yummy indeed. Last night I made strawberry muffins as Ariana’s request as at Kindy yesterday they made cup ckaes so she wanted muffins! I had bought a can of strawberries last week as they were on special and thought they could be good for moments like this. I have never used strawberries out of can so that was weird! I cut them up a little but still left them chunky enough. I used a recipe for Basic Sweet Muffins that you can basically add fruit that you have on hand  – frozen berries is great but also canned fruit like peaches work well too.

Strawberry Muffins - now where is the scrath to sniff thingee??

Strawberry Muffins - now where is the scratch to sniff thingee??

Now there was left over strawberry syrup from the can of strawberries so hubby decided we deserved a drink! He used the juice with vodka and lemonade and  there you go! 😆

Strawberry vodka drink with matching muffins!

Strawberry vodka drink with matching muffins!

Basic Sweet Muffin

  • 100g butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 1 C plain yoghurt (if doing berry muffins berry yoghurt works really well!) Milk can be used as a replacement if you don’t have yoghurt
  • 2 C flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 C fruit (frozen berries or chopped canned fruit like peaches)

Melt butter. Whisk into bowlcontaining egg, sugar and youghurt. Fold in flour & baking powder. Add fruit. Sprinkle with cinamon before cooking.

Bake at 200 deg C for 15 – 20 minutes.

Mum’s hints:

  1. If using frozen fruit don’t thaw the fruit.
  2. To ensure the berries or fruit don’t sit at the bottom of muffin you can pop a spoonful of the plain mixture (before adding fruit) into each muffin tray. Then once fruit is added put the fruit mixture on top.  


Today’s efforts actually started last night as I had to soak dates and dried apricots in boiling water for both recipes. I used Mum’s recipe for Apricot Loaf and it has turned out great. I added some LSA to the mixture to give it a nutty taste to go along with the apricots and sultanas.

Apricot Loaf

Apricot Loaf

Apricot Loaf:

  • 1/2 C dried apricots
  • Boiling water
  • 1/2 C raisens
  • 1/2 C nuts (I used LSA)
  • Juice of an orange
  • 1 C hot water
  • 55g Butter
  • 2 C flour
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder

Soak apricots (chopped) in boiling water for several hours and then drain. Put juice of orange in cup and fill with hot water. Cream butter and sugar and add egg, apricots and orange juice water mix.  Add in other ingrediants. Cook in greased loaf tin at 190 deg C for approx an hour. 🙂

I am slowing trying out each recipe in my favourite baking recipe book “Ladies a plate” by Alexa Johnston. My next one was the date loaf – Fan’s Date Loaf on page 120. It was a simple recipe and the end result is just delicious! I will be using this recipe again. It is rather spicy with ground ginger and cinamon in it as well.

Fan's Date Loaf

Fan's Date Loaf


The loaves cooling....before taste test!

The loaves cooling....before taste test!


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