Date and Apple Muffins

Date and Apple Muffins

1 large green apple, peeled, cored, and finely chopped

1 cup chopped pitted dates

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup boiling water

1/2 cup unsalted butter

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg, lightly beaten

2 cups self-rising flour, sifted


Topping

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons all purpose flour

1/4 cup shredded coconut


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease 6 large muffin cups or prepare with paper liners.

In a mixing bowl, combine the apple, dates, baking soda, and boiling water. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

In a mixing bowl, using a hand-held electric mixer on high speed, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg. Fold in the sifted flour, alternating with the mixture of apple and dates. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups.

To make the topping, cut the butter into the brown sugar, flour, and coconut until crumbly. Sprinkle topping over muffin batter. Bake in preheated oven for about 25 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove from pan to cool on a wire rack.