Sunday, 4 September 2011

Sticky Date Pudding

I am big on warm, rich desserts in winter. I may have missed the boat as we are just entering spring but I just had to try making Sticky Date Pudding. I was thinking about trying out something different on the weekend and after posting the question on my facebook page, a clever young lady suggested Sticky Date, so why not!

200g fresh dates, chopped and pitted
250ml boiling water
1 tsp bicarb soda
60g unsalted butter
135g brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
150g self raising flour

Toffee sauce:
125g unsalted butter
125g brown sugar
140ml cream

Put dates in a bowl with bicarb soda and cover with boiling water. Leave to stand for a few minutes until the dates soften, then drain. If you prefer your pudding without chunks of date you can puree the mixture.

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease an 8 jumbo cupcake holed tin with butter. Cream together butter and brown sugar using a wooden spoon until pale and fluffy. Add eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract, mix well. Fold in flour and then fold in the dates.

Pour mixture into the cupcake tin. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

To make the toffee sauce put butter, sugar and cream into a saucepan over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Simmer for a few minutes until the sauce has thickened and is golden in colour.

** You can keep the toffee sauce in the fridge. It will thicken when chilled, simply reheat prior to serving. 


  1. Anna Murphy1:09 pm GMT+8

    Yum, that looks delicious Peggy xxx Anna Murphy :)

  2. Anna it was very yummy, and so easy to make too. Thanks for dropping in. :) xo

  3. Mmmm.
    My all time, absolute favourite.

  4. I only tried it for the first time about a year ago, definitely one of my favourites now!

  5. Unlike yourself Peggy, I did not reach the end of Winter before complaining... in fact I complained all day today about the cold. My feet are like ice! Please tell me summer is just around the corner... I cannot stand it anymore :) John mowed the lawn yesterday - it so reminds me of summer.. bring it on

  6. Summer is just around the corner Cass, spring is here (although it's teasing us a tad). I too am mowing the lawn this weekend, first time in months! I love the motivation that comes with the warmer weather, my garden gets much more attention. xo


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