Baking, Something sweet

Yummy sticky date pudding with caramel sauce

IMG_2487This is one of my favourite and popular desserts, it’s somehow deeply comforting reminding me of sponge puddings when I was a kid. The recipe I use is based on one I found a few years ago on http://www.taste.com.au after I’d enjoyed the delicious Sticky Date Pudding many times at Eat Me restaurant in Bangkok and wanted to try to make it myself.

So what do you need?

For the cake

  • 250 g pitted dates
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 125g softened butter
  • 1/2  cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups plain (all purpose) flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder

For the caramel

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 200 ml  cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 40g butter

So what do you do?

Start by soaking the dates in the boiling water, with the bicarbonate of soda for about 20 mins to soften them. Pre-heat your oven to 175 degrees C / 330 F. Then put your butter in a food processor with the sugar and blend them together (this can be done in a bowl) then add the eggs and the vanilla extract and blend again. When the dates are ready pour them and the liquid in and blend them together and finally sift the flour and baking powder and add them then mix it all together. The mixture will be runny, like a thick batter. Either pour this in one deep cake tin about 22cm diameter (either a good non-stick tin or lined with baking parchment) or for individual pudding pour it into a 12 hole muffin tin (you may have some left over batter that you can cook in a small tin, it depends on the size of your muffin tin.)

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For individual puddings bake them for 20-25 mins and for a large cake bake for 40-45 mins, until a skewer coms out clean. Leave the puddings to stand for 10 mins and then remove them from the tin and put them on a cooling rack.

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For the caramel sauce put all the ingredients in a thick bottomed saucepan and heat it up, stirring constantly, until it reaches a boil and then simmer for a further about 3 minutes continuing to stir. You can add some crushed sea salt or some whisky to the caramel if you want to give it a slight twist. Serve warm (particularly the sauce) with vanilla ice cream. For an extra treat serve with a  glass of Madeira too!

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