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Bites Fil Beit: Muffins bel balah we el tofah – Muffins with dates and apple

Ramadan offers a whole new challenge to cooking Egyptian food. The breaking of the fast, Iftar, is the main menu of the day and consists of an array of dishes. Traditionally the meal starts with juice, to prepare the stomach for the feast that is to come, and a savoury soup. Appetisers are up next, followed by a main course and a sweet dessert completes the meal. Iftars are meant to be shared and inviting your close friends and family for a home-cooked dinner-cum-breakfast can be daunting. But not to worry; during the month we will be giving you suggestions for full menus for light meals because of the warm days, accompanied with a complete recipe for one of the dishes.

Bites Fil BeitDrink:                    Strawberry-banana juice

Soup:                    Cauliflower soup

Salad:                    Carrot salad with feta cheese

Appetiser:           Chicken Kiev

Main course:      Mexican pasta

Stuffed pigeons with freek

Dessert:               Muffin with dates and apple



  • 1/2 cup dates, chopped – ba-lah
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and finely chopped – toh-fah
  • 1/2 cup sugar – suk-kar
  • 1/2 cup milk – la-ban
  • 2 cup flour – de-‘ee’
  • 2 tsp butter, room temperature – zeb-da
  • 2 tsp baking powder – bay-king pow-der
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar – va-nil-ya
  • 1/2 tsp salt – malh
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon – er-fa
  • 1/2 cup nuts, chopped – mo-ka-sa-rat
  • 1 egg, beaten – beid



  • Preheat the oven to 200C. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper muffin liners.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and butter to a bowl and stir well. Add the sugar.
  • Mix the milk, egg and vanilla sugar in a small bowl. Add the dates and apple and mix well.
  • Add the apple and date mixture to the flour and mix very well.
  • Spoon the mixture into muffin cups and sprinkle the nuts on the top.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden and a toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out clean.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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