Time of the month for posting the challenge for the Muslim Food Bloggers! Last month, if you remember, we had started a new challenge among a small group of bloggers, and my first post was the Ma’amoul that I tried from the blog that was assigned for that month. This month, the challenge was to cook with a particular ingredient and the ingredient that was provided to our team of bloggers was “DATES”.
We all know how important dates is to a Muslim. There are so many mention of this humble fruit in the Qur’an and Hadith, so much that dates are considered one of the fruits of paradise. Dates are the best substance to open your fast with. Dates was what, when our revered Maryam (AS) suffered from birth pangs while carrying Isa (AS), she was offered to ease her pain. “Shake the trunk of the palm toward you and fresh, ripe dates will drop down onto you.” (Surah Maryam: 25) A few Hadith below that were reported regarding dates:
Narrated by Ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him): “The Prophet said there is a tree among the trees which is similar to a Muslim (in goodness), and that is the date palm tree.” (Bukhari)
“People in a house without dates are in a state of hunger.” (Muslim)
“Whoever eats seven dates of the High Land of Madinah in the morning will not be hurt by poison or sorcery on that day.” (Bukhari)
It is also said that the Prophet extorted believers “to defend yourselves from hell fire even with a piece of date.”
I love to munch on dates and make sure I eat at least one date a day. But somehow baking with dates has never been tempting to me. I love a good date almond milkshake or dates lassi, which features at least once every Ramadan for Iftar. But I have only made a dates cake once, a brownie with dates in it as well as a crumble. Otherwise my escapades with this fruit has been limited. The fun part is that last month, the recipe I chose to make had dates in it as well – the Ma’amoul. 😀 So it’s double dates time on the blog… hehe…
This recipe is adapted from here, with all my changes and makes an amazing breakfast muffin. Should I count the plus points?
- Made with wholewheat flour
- Loaded with the goodness of dates
- Limited fat
- Limited diary
Doesn’t all the above make this bake wholesome and guilt free? Already, the dates give it a lovely color, so that one tbsp of cocoa powder gives it a chocolaty look. All in all, it was an amazing and satisfactory bake to say the least. So this happens to be my entry for this month’s theme for the challenge. Hoping onto the recipe…
- 90 gm dates, chopped
- 150 ml water
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- 30 gm butter, softened
- ¼ cup raw sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ cup minus 1 tbsp wholewheat flour
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- ⅛ tsp baking powder
- A pinch salt
- Combine the chopped dates and water in a saucepan and cook on high flame till the water boils.
- Switch off and add the soda. The mixture will bubble. Stir till the dates are melted. Some bites are OK.
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Line a 6 cup muffin pan.
- Beat the butter and sugar till fluffy. Add the egg and beat again.
- Add in the date water and fold.
- Add the in the dry ingredients and fold in till combined.
- Spoon into each of the muffin cups till ¾.
- Bake for 25-35 minutes, till a skewer comes out clean.
- Cool on rack and enjoy!