These come out about the size and shape of an English muffin but have a soft crumb and cake-like texture.
1 cup cut-up dates
1 cup margarine (combined with shortening, if you like)
¾ cup sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1 cup graham wafer crumbs
1 teaspoon baking powder
Place cut-up dates loosely in a one or two-cup measuring cup. Pour hot tea over them to the one cup mark. Let soak for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, cream margarine and sugar. Add in vanilla and egg. Combine flour, graham crumbs and baking powder. Stir into margarine/sugar mixture. Stir in dates and tea.
Drop a large tablespoon into each well of a silicon muffin pan. Microwave on high for 2 ½ minutes. Let cool a few minutes before unmoulding.