The health benefits of dates are innumerable. It is, in fact, a dry fruit that is sweet in taste and rich in minerals and vitamins.
It is believed that only one date & a glass of milk are enough to meet all of a person’s daily nutritional requirements.
Dates also contain large amounts of dietary fiber, which can prevent any constipation that might result from eating the traditionally rich foods served during Ramadan.
Additionally, dates protect the stomach and intestinal tract from parasites and bacteria, and thus is a good preventative medicine when eating iftar at unfamiliar locations.
Thus, eating dates in suhoor gives the body the energy it needs without making you feel too full to breathe or sleep.
- 2 cups of Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1½ cups dried dates or 300 g, pitted and chopped
- 1 cup water or 250 ml
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ cup butter or 100 g, chopped
- 1/3 cup caster sugar or 70 g
- 2 eggs, kept at room temperature
- 1¼ cups white self-raising flour or 175 g
- 2 teaspoons vanilla powder
How to prepare
- Place Sweetened Condensed Milk, dates and water in a large sauce pan. Bring to boil and cook on low heat stirring for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the baking soda. The mixture will become like foam, and then set aside to cool.
- In another bowl, mix the butter and sugar until creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Gently mix in the flour and vanilla powder, and then stir in the date mixture.
- Pour the mixture into a buttered and floured baking tin. Bake in a 175°C preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.