by Naomi Nachman
1/8 cup desiccated coconut (optional)
½ cup canola oil
2 cups whole dates, pitted
3/4 cup boiling water
2 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
½ cup canola oil
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
To make the Crumb Topping:
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, sugar and coconut. Using a fork, stir oil until well combined and mixture begins to hold together but is crumbly.
To make the Muffins:
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin. Place the dates in a shallow bowl (in a single layer if possible), pour the boiling water over them, and soak for 15 minutes. Transfer the dates and soaking liquid to a food processor and puree until almost smooth but a few pea-sized fruit pieces remain. Set aside to cool slightly.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix together the oil and brown sugar. With the motor running, mix in the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla. Add half of the flour mixture and mix until moistened. Follow with the date puree, and when thoroughly combined, mix in remainder of the flour mixture. Scrape down the sides and give a final stir with a spatula to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Divide the batter among the muffin cups. Top with the streusel and press down gently to adhere. Bake for 30 minutes.
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Naomi Nachman, who hails from Sydney, Australia, has appeared in her own TV specials on the Jewish Life TV network featuring her cooking demonstrations. She has also been a guest host on the QVC TV network and has been featured in cookbooks, a cooking CD and a variety of newspaper articles covering topics related to cuisine preparation and personal chefs. Naomi is also a contributing editor to The Jewish Home Newspaper, writing weekly articles and recipes. Naomi now hosts her own radio show on The Nachum Segal Network, called "Table for Two with Naomi Nachman". The show airs on Friday mornings at 9am.
Approximately 22 years ago, Naomi moved from Australia to attend Touro College where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Education. After teaching pre-school and directing day camps for nearly 10 years, Naomi began teaching cooking classes — as cooking has always been her passion. In 2004, Naomi started her own Personal Chef business, The Aussie Gourmet, to cater weekly and Shabbat/Yom Tov meals for families and individuals within The Five Towns and neighboring communities.
Naomi has also been sought after to teach cooking classes throughout the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan area, and also taught classes in Florida, Australia and Israel.
Naomi can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, twitter, Instagram, Facebook, website www.theaussiegourmet.com. You may listen to Naomi's radio show on Nachum Segal Network Fridays at 9am or itunes podcast Table For Two with Naomi Nachman.