Fig and Date Bread, suitable for the Suhoor, the before sunrise meal of Ramadan

Egyptian Food and Recipes



1 cup chopped pitted dates

1 cup chopped dried figs

1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 cup boiling water

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

2 eggs

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt




1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease an 8x4 inch baking pan.


2 In a medium bowl, combine the dates, figs, butter and baking soda. Pour in the boiling water, stir well and let stand for 15 minutes.


3 Beat the sugar, walnuts and eggs into the date mixture. Combine the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder and salt; stir into the date mixture just until blended. Pour batter into prepared pan.


4 Bake in preheated oven for 55 to 65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.



Last Updated: June 7th, 2011