The best-ever sticky date pudding

Aug 18, 2020
This delicious sticky date pudding is mouthwateringly good! Source: Getty.

This deliciously classic dish is absolutely perfect for those cool winter nights. Not only is it super simple to whip up in just over an hour including its baking time, but it’s also mouthwateringly good and perfect for any occasion!

There’s nothing else quite as good as the mix of the sticky date base coated in a thick caramel sauce – and if you’re searching for that classic flavour then this recipe is just the place to get it! Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 250g pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 125g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups self-raising flour, sifted
    Caramel sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 300ml thickened cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 60g butter

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Grease and line the base of a 7cm deep, 22cm (base) cake pan. Place dates and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Pour over boiling water. Allow to stand for 20 minutes.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and vanilla until pale and creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Using a large metal spoon, fold through date mixture and flour until well combined.
  3. Spoon mixture into prepared cake pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Turn onto a plate.
  4. For the sauce, combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until sauce comes to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 2 minutes.
  5. Pierce pudding all over with a skewer. Pour 1/2 cup of warm sauce over warm pudding. Stand for 10 minutes. Cut into wedges. Serve with remaining sauce.

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