Civil Procedure Muffins

I hope you all enjoyed a happy Thanksgiving.  I made my first turkey feast this year, complete with sweet potato fries, mashed potatoes, Swiss string beans with homemade dressing, homemade sour-cream rolls, pumpkin pie, and pumpkin cheesecake.  Then, there were these muffins.  They were inspired by my Civil Procedure professor.  The man is known on campus for his very chic haircut and dapper disposition in class.  He also wears amazing ties.  Yes, Professor, your students have noticed the little seasonal images and colorful stripes you sport every Tuesday and Thursday.  Should you read this blog some day, please feel encouraged—definitely do not stop wearing your lovely ties.  Attending class is stirred just as much by my need to know what the tie report is as my zest for legal learning.  In any case, somewhere between an explanation of summary judgment and directed verdicts, our professor mentioned that he ate sweet potato date muffins for breakfast.  The class went hay-wire.  Thus, as we exited the room, I had two thoughts: 1) People are not guaranteed an error-free trial, according to Federal Civil Rule 61 and, more importantly, 2) I wanted to make sweet potato date muffins. It was not until I began roasting the sweet potatoes that I remembered that I’ve  disliked the flavor in the past, immensely.  Nevertheless, these muffins have made me a fan.  In honor of Federal Civil Rules 1-61 (and in hope that we’ll cover 62-83 eventually), and for my law school compatriots who suffer under the strain of upcoming exams—these muffins are for you. –Little Ms. Muffin

Sweet Potato Date Muffins

1/2 pound sweet potatoes
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 tbsp dark brown sugar
3 tbsp sugar
2 cups flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp allspice
¼ tsp ground cloves
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup dried pitted dates, sliced into 1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces (reserve some dates sliced in half for a topping, if desired)

1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Stick the sweet potatoes all over with a fork and wrap them in foil. Roast them in a pan for an hour. Remove the pan from the oven, allow the potatoes to cool, remove the foil and the skins, and mush them in a small bowl.

2. Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Grease and flour the muffin tin.

3. Cream the butter, brown sugar, and regular sugar in a large bowl.  Add the egg and mix thoroughly, followed by the buttermilk, yogurt, and vanilla.

4. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and allspice.

5. Alternately add the dry and wet ingredients, until just smooth. Gently fold in the sweet potatoes and the dates.  Add a date sliced in half to the top of each muffin, if desired.

6.  Fill the muffin cups about ¾ of the way full and bake for 35 minutes.


One Response to “Civil Procedure Muffins”

  1. Mommy Says:

    Please put this on your “to do” list when you come home for Christmas! Unlike you, I have always been a fan of the sweet potato– and I look forward to having you fuel my passion! Love you.

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