Chef’s Recipe for Little Valentines: Be My Date Muffins


Home-baker, Sanaa A’esha, tells Navya D’Souza just how the tiny-tots of the world can score a sweet date this Valentine’s Day.

Be My Date Muffins
SanaaYou know that writer-wannabe author, Sanaa A’esha (@sanaaaesha), means serious foodie business when her Cucumbertown page declares, “When in doubt, cook.” Like many of us, mere mortals, this champion hula-hooper hates to share desserts and loathes having to wait for baked treats to cool before she can sink her pearly-whites into them.

For budding baking stars, this Valentine’s Day, Sanaa is sharing a recipe that “cannot fail.” So, if the kids are giving baking a go for the very first time there is no room for disappointment.


Egg                           1

Oil                             ¼ cup

Milk                          ½ cup

Flour                         1 ½ cups

Sugar                        ½ cup

Baking Powder       2 tsps

Salt                            ½ tsps

Coconut                   ½ cup (grated)

Dates                          6 (chopped)


1. Preheat the oven to 400 Degrees Celsius.
2. In a small bowl, beat the egg until foamy.
3. Beat in the oil and milk.
4.In a separate bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients before stirring in the grated coconut and chopped dates.
5. Make a clearing in the middle of the dry ingredients, and then pour in the liquid ingredients.
6. Mix well with a fork until the dry ingredients have mixed sufficiently with the liquid mix.
7. Do not over beat the batter. It needs to be lumpy.
8. Fill in heart-shaped muffin cups with the batter.
9. Make sure that each cup in only a little more than half full.
10. Sprinkle a little sugar on top of the batter to add a little crunch.
11. Use ice-cream scoops to fill in the batter into the cups to ensure the batter is equally measured out for all the muffins.
12.Bake the muffins for 18 -20 minutes or until golden-brown.
13.You can test whether the muffins are done with a toothpick.
14.Serve warm.

Sanaa says you can serve the Be My Date Muffins anywhere and at anytime and Cupid will still meet his mark. It’s date, set, and match this Valentine’s Day.

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