Sticky Date Pudding

While brainstorming for a pudding (read: dessert) to bring to a Father’s day lunch, I came to a conclusion that nothing beats the puddings of all puddings, Sticky Date Pudding. You can’t go wrong with this magical stuff… everyone loves it (or is bound to love it!).

It also just so happened that I had 350g of dried, deseeded dates in the fridge waiting to be turned into something wonderful, so I just went ahead with this recipe. I knew that Exclusively Food, the hub of my most trusted recipes, featured Sticky Date Pudding not too long ago so it was just a matter of whipping out the pre-printed recipe from my files and ensuring I had all the right ingredients in the fridge.

Dates? Check. Baking ingredients? Check.

Brown sugar, thickened cream, golden syrup? Check.

Now once you read that last bit of ingredients you know what you’re in for: BUTTERSCOTCH SAUCE! That wonderful, glorious, gorgeous syrup from heaven that can turn any lacklustre pudding into something magnificent.

Sticky Date Pudding

Recipe from Exclusively Food

Makes 14 servings

Pudding

1 ½ cups deseeded dried dates, chopped

1 ¼ cups water

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

60g butter

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 ¼ cups self raising flour

2/3 cup brown sugar

1. Place dates and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir and bring to a simmer.
2. Preheat oven to 160 deg C. Grease a 12 hole muffin tray.
3. Add bicarbonate of soda and butter, and remove from heat. Stir and set aside to cool.
4. Once cooled, add eggs and vanilla extract.
5. In a separate bowl, mix flour with brown sugar. Fold in the dates batter with the flour until just combined.
6. Transfer to the muffin tray and bake for 20 minutes.
7. Serve pudding with butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

Butterscotch Sauce

1 cup brown sugar

300ml thickened cream

1 tbsp golden syrup

25g butter

1. Put all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir and bring to simmer.
2. Reduce heat and simmer again for a further 5 minutes while stirring constantly. Remove from heat and serve warm.

I served this warm at the Mr J’s parent’s house with all the other guests “Mmmming” and “Ahhhhing” and complaining to me that I just ruined their diets. Well, diet or no diet, I’m just extremely glad that my first ever Sticky Date Pudding turned out extremely, gorgeously fantastic!

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8 Comments

  1. Your Dad is a lucky man if you made this for him. I love a good sticky date pudding! I will have to try your recipe. Until now I’ve been using the recipe at the back of the CSR sugar pack!

  2. YUM sticky date pudding is the best, that butterscotch sauce looks just right 🙂 I agree, the Exclusively Food recipes are great! Baking them in muffin trays is so much cuter than doing one big one and slicing it up, must remember that for next Winter 😉

  3. Hey girl fancy bumping into you @ the gym again. Should catchup for a meal after our saturday workouts ^_^

    Loving the new layout and the Sticky date! I havent eaten that in ages.. I only eat it when i crave it which is once a year or two? you just made my sticky date craving for this year ^_^

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