Jessie Keys' Date Bran Muffins


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!

What you will need

2 eggs

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed

1/2 cup corn oil or other 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 to 1 cups pitted dates

1 cup buttermilk


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