During Ramadan Muslims do not eat between Suhoor and Iftar. Suhoor is the morning meal and must be eaten before sunrise. Iftar is the evening meal and cannot be eaten until dusk. A common food to enjoy at breakfast is dates. While you may not be prepared to fast for the entire day, the following recipe can be a tasty way to start your morning with the traditional ingredient dates as a foundation.
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup chopped dates
1 beaten egg
1/8 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degree fahrenheit. Soak dates in warm water to soften for about 5 minutes. Prepare 9x9 inch pan with non-stick spray. Combine all the ingredients, adding the egg last. The dough will be very sticky. Spread the dough in the pan. Bake for about 20 minutes.
This is a very flexible recipe, you can add spices like cloves and cinnamon or sweeten your treat with molasses instead of granulated sugar. Of course other fruits can be used if dates aren't to your liking. Dried figs would be tasty as well.
This recipe is from my aunt who got it from her sister. Now my sister and I eat it all the time and we can attest to it being a perfect snack at any meal.